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8 Reasons Why Smart Homes Are Safer & More Secure than Traditional Homes

If you are interested in smart home technology, you may have read that smart homes can be hacked. This is a common misconception about smart home automation. People mistakenly believe that the use of technology means that a smart home is more likely to be hacked. Smart homes are not only safer than traditional homes they are less “hackable” and more secure than traditional homes. In fact, the security features a smart home offers is one of the biggest reasons to invest in smart home technology.

Are smart homes safer?

If you’re wondering if smart homes are safer than traditional homes, the answer is yes. While some people may question the security of smart home technology (asking questions like can it be hacked? Or is it easier for someone to break into my smart home? A smart home includes safety features you can’t get from a traditional home. Here are a few reasons why smart homes are safer than traditional homes.

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1. Smart homes provide better lighting

You might be surprised by the number of accidents that are caused by poor lighting.  Every year, 3 million elderly people are treated in the emergency room for fall injuries, according to the CDC. Poor lighting is one contributor to slip and fall injuries.  Have you ever missed a step when entering or exiting a house or building?  This is often because of inadequate lighting or lights that don’t come on automatically. A smart home can be programmed to turn on lights automatically on a schedule. Not only that, but many smart homes are responsive and can adapt the lighting in and around your home automatically.

2. Smart homes allow you to check on loved ones remotely

If you have children, you may not always be home to check on them. Smart homes allow you to monitor your home remotely. We’ve had nanny cams for a long time, but smart home technology is more responsive. If there is an emergency your children can press a button for immediate help.

This technology helps even more if you are caring for an elderly parent or loved one. Just because someone is older, doesn’t mean they need around-the-clock care. If your loved one has health issues, limited mobility, or dementia, they may need assistance.  However, it may not be feasible for you to be available at all times.  Smart home technology makes it easier for your loved ones to do things like turn on the lights or television, but it also provides you with a way to monitor their well-being when you aren’t at home.

3. Smart homes allow you to get help instantly

In an emergency, getting help to your home quickly is crucial. With smart home monitoring and a touch of a button alert system, you can contact police or emergency personnel immediately.  If you need help sent to your home, you can use your smartphone to contact services remotely to send help to your home. If you live in a traditional home, you can’t check on your home remotely or instantly send help. This is an important safety advantage of having a smart home.

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4. Smart homes improve response time during medical emergencies

Along with being able to get assistance quickly, having a smart home allows response teams to gain access to your home more easily. For example, if you have to enter your home through a gate, the gate can be opened through smart technology. If someone is injured in the home, they can use voice commands to open the door. Or, if you are away from the home, you can unlock doors remotely. Doors can also be unlocked automatically, which can be life-saving during a medical emergency. Imagine if a loved one is home alone and injured and can’t get to the door to open it.  A smart home makes it easier to get help when you or a loved one needs it.

Are smart homes more secure?

The next big question people have about smart homes is how secure are they?  Are smart homes more secure than traditional homes? There are a number of security advantages to having a smart home. If you own smart home, you can add smart home monitoring and security features, but these aren’t the only reason a smart home is more secure.

5. Smart homes are less hackable than traditional homes

One of the most searched questions when it comes to smart homes is “can smart homes be hacked?”  Some people believe that technology makes a home more hackable and that a traditional door lock is more secure than a smart lock.

Can smart homes be hacked?

Hacking a smart lock requires extensive knowledge of hacking.  When it occurs it is generally because someone hacks your smartphone, not the lock itself.  Like any cyber technology, there may be vulnerabilities which is why it is important to work with a professional smart home security company to select the most secure smart lock for your home

However, most intruders are not hackers. They are looking for homes with easy entry. A traditional door lock can be picked or broken through force. A smart lock makes your home more secure by preventing easy entry. In addition, an intruder may skip your home simply because of the technology they meet at the door. Think about it? If you were an intruder would you break into the house with smart technology or the house with a door that can easily be broken into?

6. Smart homes allow you to create a “mockupancy” program

Intruders often break into unoccupied homes. Most break-ins don’t occur while the homeowner is at home. They wait until you’re not there to break in. Having smart home technology allows you to make your home look occupied when you aren’t at home. Lights can be programmed to turn on and off automatically. Your television and interior lights can be programmed to come on so that it appears someone is home. While you may be able to find programmable lights, creating the illusion of being home is not so easy.  Smart homes do a remarkable job of mimicking what a person would do when they are at home, giving the illusion that your home is occupied.

7. Smart homes provide responsive security

Even if you have home security or monitoring system, it is not as responsive as a smart home system.  With a smart home, your home reacts to emergencies by triggering an automatic alarm along with other security features. For example, if your alarm is triggered or disarmed your exterior lights can flash on and off to attract attention and scare off intruders.  Your exterior lights can be turned on automatically and capture a clear high-resolution photo of the intruder.  Your security cameras or televisions can be used to view what’s going on in and around the home remotely as well.  These features are not available through a traditional home security system.

8. Smart home technology allows you to address security issues remotely

When you have a traditional home, even if it has a security system, you may get an alert if an alarm is triggered, but you can’t address security issues remotely. Having a smart home security system allows you to see what’s going on inside and around your home right from your smartphone. Your smart home can respond automatically, but you also have immediate access to what’s going on at the home so you can respond to it remotely.

As you can see, a smart home is much safer and more secure than a traditional home. Aside from the convenience and tech features, a smart home truly improves the safety and security of your home. If you are interested in starting with smart home automation or would like to learn more about the safety and security features of a smart home contact an Intuitive AV professional.