5 essential features to include in a modern home security system

The modern home security system has cutting edge features that offer the best of home protection capabilities.

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A futuristic home security experience is no longer just a pipe dream. Today’s system is not just a small box panel that sounds an alarm but more like the smart homes, we have seen countless times in Hollywood sci-fi movies. With a simple voice command, you can check on your home’s safety even if you are not physically there. While sensors and alarms are still essential elements of your home security, there are cutting edge features that you might need to incorporate into your home security system.

Here are 5 essential features to include in your modern home security system and how they optimise your home protection capabilities.

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1. HD footage with high capacity DVRs

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Camera systems play a big role in home surveillance. A high capacity digital video recorder (DVR) is a high-tech recording device with massive storage designed for recording videos at the highest possible definition and resolution. You will never run out of storage as the DVR gives you twice the usual storage capacity of normal DVRs. On top of that, it allows users to record and playback ultra-high resolution footage as well as easy remote viewing via smartphones and other gadgets. Other than pan and zoom features, a high capacity DVR also enables uninterrupted footage and powerful tracking features.

2. Security systems with automation technology

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The beauty of modern security systems is its capability of incorporating automated features. Many gadgets including your smartphones allow you to set up your home security devices and control them from afar. With automation technology, you can do more than just home monitoring of security systems but also manage them from any part of the globe. Users can use their systems to access the real-time feed from surveillance cameras, arm and disarm security systems, turn lights on and off, lock and unlock doors and adjust thermostats. Among the devices that can be automated are smart locks, smart lights, smart cameras, and smart smoke detectors.

3. Replace old school alarm systems with wireless sensors

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Wireless technology has enabled top-notch home security systems. Wireless sensors and cameras allow home security installation without drilling or connecting to telephone landlines. Back in the day, alarm systems were linked to landlines and it was easy for intruders to cut them off and disarm the entire security system. Landline monitoring could still be the cheapest option for home security, but it is now completely outdated! Today, wireless technology links devices to central monitoring stations with cellular backup, making the entire system highly secure and efficient.

4. Energy and cost-saving home security systems

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Automatic home security systems are usually energy and cost-efficient. These devices minimise energy usage because users can programme and schedule the systems. They can be automatically powered down when not needed and can also be easily scheduled for days, weekends or even seasons throughout the calendar year. On top of that, some devices have motion sensing features that are only activated when someone approaches the area. For example, lights can be fitted with motion sensors. This also helps save energy, electricity bills and prevents you from forgetting to turn off the lights when leaving home.

5. Prevent hazardous conditions with environmental monitoring

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This feature is usually found in thermostats and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. It alerts you if your home is in a dangerous condition. The alarm will be triggered when your thermostats, smoke detectors or CO detectors detect a change in temperature or CO levels. Unlike smoke, CO doesn’t have odour, taste or colour and can be a silent killer. CO is released when you burn something like charcoal, wood, oil or gasoline and can be hazardous when it is released in an enclosed area like your home.

Protecting your home 24/7 shouldn’t be difficult. Put unparalleled home protection by incorporating the right features into your modern home security systems. Use this guide to kickstart and maximise your home protection, and minimise errors and risks.

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