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Home Security Systems Then and Now–Is It Time for an Upgrade?

We humans have always protected our homes and families. It’s innate in us, this desire to defend our property and loved ones. How we have gone about it has changed, however, and in recent years, it has changed dramatically. If you haven’t looked into home security systems lately, or you’re thinking it’s time to upgrade yours, here’s a rundown of the dramatic changes we’ve seen in home security systems in recent years…

From one job to many
Home security systems used to have one job and one job only: sound the alarm when a break-in occurred. This alarm would be audible within the home and also notify the home security provider so they could dispatch police.

Today home security systems help to protect homes and families against intruders as well as other threats such as carbon monoxide poisoning, fires and flooding.

In addition to being able to recognize these other threats, home security systems have also evolved from home security systems to home automation systems. That means homeowners can use them to regulate lighting, heating and cooling, in addition to monitoring home security.

From one trigger to many
Home security systems used to be limited in scope, recognizing that a door or window was opened and triggering the alarm.

Today’s home security systems include motion sensors, video cameras and more to enable more thorough home security. Cameras can be placed outside the home and inside, enabling more security coverage. That means garages and other outbuildings can be monitored as well.

Features such as video cameras also allow for real-time monitoring. Someone shows up at the front door while you’re at work? You can see who it is via the camera.

From onsite to remote
And you can see who is at the front door while sitting at your desk at work because today’s home security systems can be monitored and managed remotely, requiring only an Internet connection to see what is happening. In addition to the video access, this remote monitoring lets homeowners lock and unlock doors, control lighting and heating, and more, all from a computer, tablet or smartphone that is Internet-enabled.

From hardwired to wireless
Finally, another huge evolution in home security is the the switch from hardwired—requiring hours of installation time to drill holes and run wires—to wireless. Sometimes hardwired is still the right setup for some homes. However, wireless has many advantages, not the list of which is the fast installation time (no drilling required) and the fact that you can take your home security system with you when you move. (See seven advantages of wireless home security systems.)

As with everything, it seems, technology drives significant changes in how we work, live and play—and that includes in how we protect our homes and loved ones. If your home security system is old and limited in scope compared to what’s on the market today, it might be time for an upgrade.

How a Home Security System Protects Your Family From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide. How much do you know about it—and how dangerous it is? Over 400 people die every year from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, in large part because it’s odorless, colorless and impossible to pick up without a detector.

Carbon monoxide 101: What you need to know…
Carbon monoxide (symbol CO on the periodic table) sounds benign but it isn’t. It’s produced by innocent sources such as vehicles that burn fuel, gas stoves, fireplaces, and even furnaces. None of those are unusual or dangerous on their own, per se. The problem is, CO can build up in your home and poison you, your family and your pets. And if your home has gas appliances, a wood- or gas-burning stove, or an attached garage, you’re at a higher risk for CO issues.

Many of the symptoms of CO poisoning are flu-like, including headaches, dizziness, weakness, an upset stomach, vomiting and chest pain. Confusion is another symptom. It’s called poisoning because it is, and it can kill you even before you recognize the symptoms if you’re sleeping, which makes a carbon monoxide detector an important safety fixture for your home.

Choose a home security system that includes CO detection
You can buy a carbon monoxide detector for your home, or you can choose a home security system that also monitors your home for carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, but newer home security systems are built with sensors that can detect it. If you’re in the market for a home security system, you’d be wise to include the carbon monoxide sensors, for the detection but also for the notification that happens. If CO levels get too high, an alarm goes off inside your home. In addition, the home security company will also alert you when levels get too high, in case you’re not home. And if you’re non-responsive, they will alert emergency services to be dispatched to your home to ensure you and your family are safe.

Sure, CO is innocuous enough that we can’t notice the smell, but it’s dangerous enough to be deadly. So take that extra step and make CO detection part of your home security package…for security and safety both.

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