Only a couple of years ago, most of the things we’re taking for granted today were impossible. This is especially true in the area of home security, where items are a lot easier and more convenient, thanks to smart home technology.

While you can’t have doors unlock and open when you walk up to them, you can still have your smartphone unlock that door, and turn on the lights in the living room while you’re still in the garage, parking your home.

Smart Home

Whether you’re installing things yourself, or you’re going to have an expert do that for you, there are a few essential items when it comes to setting up the smart home that you just can’t skimp on. They’re the core of your home security system, and they work together to make your life easier.

1. Smart Speaker

Two popular options that spring to mind are a Google Home or Amazon’s Echo, but whichever you go for, you’ll have a hub that’s easy to use, and you can use it to control pretty much any aspect of your smart home.

While your smartphone is another device you can use to control your entire smart setup, that’s usually useful when you’re outside of your home, or when you’re trying to keep things quiet around the house. However, if you want to do things handsfree, you’ll be able to use voice commands if you have a smart speaker.

2. Smart Light Bulbs

Even though Philips Hue was first to the game today, you have a wide variety of options when it comes to smart light bulbs. Some are pricier, others are a lot cheaper, but most, if not all, will allow you to control them from your phone or smart speaker. How many of them you buy, and how you set them up, is entirely up to you.

Smart Speaker

One more benefit of smart light bulbs is the fact that you can control them from pretty much anywhere. This also gives you the possibility to make potential thieves think that someone is at home, by turning on lights and leaving them on in individual rooms. You can do this from a different continent, but as far as they’re concerned, they’ll think there’s someone at home, which is deterrent enough.

3. Smart Surveillance

We know – you think this should’ve been first on the list. But the file is in no particular order, so we’re only now getting to the core of any sound home security system – the surveillance. While at one point, you had cameras that recorded everything to a centralized DVR, they now upload directly to the cloud.

You can easily see what’s going on in your home by connecting through your smartphone, which is something that wasn’t possible a few years ago. Today, it’s an essential feature and one that you must have as part of your home security system.

While you definitely should get smart cameras, it is up to you to decide how many of them, and how and where you’re going to place them. You should make sure you have your entire home covered, both indoors and outdoors, and include any critical areas such as your garage or your shed.

4. Smart Lock and Video Doorbell

Smart Lock and Video Doorbell

Ever wanted to be able to get inside your home without needing a key? Ever wanted to be able to see who’s outside your door without needing to leave the comfort of your couch? A combination of a smart lock and a video doorbell will give you both, and then some.

You’ll be able to get inside your home without a key, just by using a password or a PIN. No longer do you have to leave a key under the mat for your kid who forgot his at home – you can connect via your smartphone and let him in while you’re still at work.

Have a pesky door-to-door salesman who’s persistent and wants to talk to you? You can use the video doorbell’s two-way audio to let them know you aren’t interested in what they’re selling, even though you’re across town, having a beer with your buddies.

5. Smart Thermostat

The last piece of a “smart home” is the one that doesn’t require you to readjust the temperature in your home constantly. Instead, it does that by itself and saves you quite a bit on the electricity bill in the meantime.

For instance, Direct Energy plans can help you lower your monthly electricity bills and maintain a comfortable environment at home. With the help of Amazon and Google devices, you can easily control different settings like adjusting room temperature by simply using voice commands.

You don’t have to come home and wait for half an hour for your home to warm up during the winter. It can start warming up when you’re leaving the office so that you can arrive in a comfortable atmosphere. All thanks to a smart thermostat.

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