Automation

The Five Stages of Smart Home Parenting

Help will come in many forms: family, friends, the new social networks you'll make as parents. It also comes in the form of technology that makes the everyday work of parenting easier. From electric bottle warmers to space-age stroller designs, you'll soon discover technical fixes for every challenge. 

Four Ways to Interact With your Alarm.com Smart Home

Obviously, it depends. What time of day is it? Are you home or away? Are you by the door, or in the yard? Are you expecting someone? Are you in the middle of a movie? 

Every homeowner and every situation is different, which is why Alarm.com gives you a lot of options for interacting with your home. Our smart home security app can be used on a wide array of devices in many different everyday contexts. Here are four very different but equally useful ways to interact with your Alarm.com smart home. 

Which US Cities Have the Most Connected Homeowners?

You may have read futuristic visions of how the smart home will change our lives.  But the smart home is already an everyday reality here at Alarm.com, with our technology delivering real value to millions of homeowners across the US and the world. So, instead of speculating about what the smart home could be, let's talk about how it's actually being used today. 

How to Create a Smart Nursery, Simply

Now, the ‘smart nursery' is a trend. Parents can get gadgets like wearable baby sleep trackers and "smart socks" with apps that monitor your child's breathing. Helpful or stressful? We'll let you be the judge. 

What can really help you, though, is a smart home security system extended into your nursery to make it an even safer and more comfortable environment. Here's how it'll help you both sleep better. 

Five Ways Alarm.com Proactively Protects Your Home

When something's wrong at home, your security system should do more than alert you. 

Smarter home security systems powered by Alarm.com stay one step ahead of the problem. Alarm.com's cloud platform constantly keeps an eye out for what's happening around your home and automatically takes smart, proactive measures to keep things secure and to protect you and your family. 

J&J Security Services Answers: What is a “Smart Home” Security System?

A “smart home” is one of the best ways to secure your home.  Using the most reliable and secure communications and advanced tamper-­resistant technology, you can be rest assured your home will stay protected.  Smart homes are equipped with special structured wiring that allows occupants to control security, lighting, heating, and more, remotely by phone or computer. 

How a Smart Home Gives You Time Back

Ever got into your car in the morning, only to wonder if you locked the front door? Or got a mile down the road and realized you left your garage open? Not a problem with Alarm.com. Our mobile app lets you secure your home from anywhere with the touch of a button. If you forget, it'll send you a reminder. 

Smart Home Security Should Be Your First Home Improvement

It's an instant upgrade for your entire home. It protects you from crime and other dangers, and your property from common causes of damage. It also equips your house with smart home technology that saves you money and time while protecting your big investment from day one. 

How to Create Your First Geo-Services Alert

Geo-Services is a really useful Alarm.com feature that enables your home to proactively take smart actions based on your location.

It does things like turn your thermostat up or down when you're on your way home, or remind you if you leave the house unsecured, using your smartphone's location to trigger proactive safeguards and other actions. 

BUILD A BETTER SMART HOME FROM SCRATCH

Building a new home is an exciting time for a family. Just like buying a new car, you get to be the only people who have a say in the configuration from the very beginning. You get to explicitly specify what it looks like, how many rooms it has, what those rooms do, and best of all, the optional equipment it contains!  Buying a used home, again like a used car, is all about finding the best option available that suits your “wants and needs” criteria. Certainly they both can be fun processes, but when you get to build something from the ground-up, you inject your own personalized touches and characteristics that truly make it your home sweet home.

Meet Alarm.com: Your Home's Smartest Defenseman

Whether it's fire, crime, and water damage or extreme weather, Alarm.com proactively responds in real time to protect you. With a dedicated cellular connection, professional monitoring and an array of connected security features like locks, HD video cameras and real-time awareness alerts on your smart phone, it's the smarter way to protect your home.

SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE

Many tasks that previously required human intervention have been made easier thanks to automated smart home technology. But what is smart home technology and what can it do for you? Guest author, Matt Powell, from Broadband Genie lists a few ways in which smart home technology will help change lives for the better in 2016.

 

Saving money, not just time

Smart home technology is all about the automation or management of your home and daily life. This could be anything from lights that can be controlled remotely or on a schedule, to connected home entertainment systems for streaming media to multiple screens, or added features to enhance your home security.
 
To some, smart home technology might seem like an appealing concept for gadget-gurus. But in reality, a big selling point of smart home technology is that it can actually save money, in addition to making life more convenient.
 
For instance, a great way to save energy and reap some monetary benefits on your bill is by utilizing a smart thermostat. Rather than simply operating from a timer or standard temperature setups, a smart thermostat has adaptive scheduling and pre-sets which are programmed to match your life and always keep your home comfortable. They can even be controlled from your phone—or even from your wrist—while you are away.
 
Smart lighting control is also a great way to save money. This can be as simple as motion sensors tied that turn off all lights in rooms that have been unoccupied for a certain amount of time, to lighting pre-sets that never turn lights on at more than 75% brightness, thus extending bulb life and using far less electricity.
 

Smarter home security

In addition to making your energy usage more efficient, smart home technology is enormously beneficial for home security. Smart lighting can activate in patterns while you are away from home, making it appear that your home is occupied. Blinds and video entertainment can also join in on the fun, giving the house and even more lived-in feel.
 
For surveillance, indoor and outdoor cameras can be viewed remotely from a smartphone for live monitoring. You can even receive alerts when movement is detected.
 
Door locks can be made smart, too. Companies like Yale, Kwikset, and Baldwin offer locks with keyless entry and integration with your smart home. They provide a greater level of access control—so you can, for instance, set a limited use entry code for visitors coming to your home when you’re not there. You can even remotely unlock your door if you need to grant access for a delivery, and lock it right back up again.
 

It’s good to talk

A key aspect of any smart home is how well it integrates with other products or systems in the home. Control4 does this better than any other home automation company because of their focus on interoperability. There’s a growing amount of very cheap DIY smart home hardware, but you’ll find that anything which lacks support for a wider ecosystem of smart home technology is going to become quickly outdated, and oftentimes is much harder to install than you’d think. Not to mention that the plug-and-play devices do not work over one platform, often requiring multiple apps and devices to use each.