How Your Smart Home Helps in Emergencies: Emergency Features
If you’re thinking about investing in smart home technology, you may be under the impression smart homes only add cool tech features to your house. Sure, it’s nice to adjust the temperature in your home without getting out of bed or turn off all your lights with a voice command. But, smart homes provide you with more than just fun tech gadgets for your home. A smart home keeps your home and your loved ones safe in emergencies.
In emergency situations, smart homes provide unbeatable safety and security features. Your smart home’s built-in safety and security features allow you to get help faster and respond to emergencies quickly and easily.
Smart Home Emergency Features
There are a number of safety and security features that can be added to your smart home. These features can make a huge difference in response time in the event of a burglary or medical emergency. In addition, a smart home security system provides you with around-the-clock monitoring so you don’t have to worry when you are not at home.
Burglaries and Break-ins
Many smart homes come with home security and monitoring, but they also have other features you might not be aware of. Depending on the alarm system you select, your smart home can provide an arsenal of protection during a burglary. If an alarm is triggered, your exterior floodlights and carriage lights will automatically turn on. This will not only scare off an intruder, but it creates the best lighting to capture a high-quality picture of the would-be burglar or intruder.
Today’s smart home security systems also have numerous advanced features. If your alarm is triggered or disarmed, your smart home can be programmed to do several things immediately to prevent a break-in. For example, if you have Control 4’s Home Security system, you can set up enhanced alerts. If your alarm is triggered, you will get an alert, but t will also trigger emergency protocols to keep your home safe. The police will be alerted to the event. Your exterior lights will flash on and off to attract attention and scare away any intruders. While this is happening, you can view what’s going on inside your home through any television and outside of your home through your security cameras.
Home monitoring isn’t just for security, it can be life-saving during a medical emergency. If you care for an elderly family member or someone with medical issues, home monitoring provides you with much-needed peace of mind. It allows you to check on your loved ones when they are home alone easily right from your smartphone.
If there is a medical emergency, the medical emergency button on your alarm can be pressed (or controlled from a smartphone remotely) to automatically send emergency personnel out. Your home’s entry gate can be opened remotely to allow emergency vehicles and personnel to get to you or your loved one quickly.
Fire and Storms
Smart home monitoring alerts you when there are changes within your home. Flood sensors, smoke detectors, and carbon dioxide detectors let you know about potential emergencies inside of your home before they happen. You can check on your home without being in the home. If there is a fire, personnel can be dispatched quickly. Your entry gate can be opened remotely. Your front doors can be opened remotely. All of these features allow fire or rescue crews to get to your property more efficiently. You will also be able to see what’s going on at your home during an emergency.
Monitoring and Sensors Allow you to Check on Your Home Remotely
Smart home security systems come with so many options from smart sensors, to alerts, and alarms. In a weather emergency, flood sensors can let you know if there is water or flooding in your basement. Smart fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide detectors can alert you to smoke inside the home. Sensors can alert you to close your windows before it starts to rain. Having sensors in place that alert you before there is water or fire damage, allows you to take preventative actions even if you aren’t at home, such as integrating smart water control valves to automatically shut off the water if a leak is detected.
Along with safety and security technology, just being able to check on your home remotely is one of the best reasons to have a smart home. If you have children that are home unattended, you can check in on them any time. If there is a problem in your home, you have quick and easy access to cameras. You can easily take care of issues remotely or send out police or emergency personnel from your smartphone.
If you are considering turning your home into a smart home, reach out to Intuitive AV’s smart home professionals. We can answer any questions and help you get started with smart home technology.