Home automation systems include security features such as locks, door and window sensors, motion detectors, cameras, water sensors, thermostats and smoke detectors. There a lots of options available and more Internet of Things (IoT) devices are announced every day. Be careful to check out the security or the devices you install in your home - some will be secured properly, and some will actually open your house up to hackers. I use a Nexia Home system. I have used Nexia Home for years, and added devices as they have come on the market. I can control it with my phone or with Alexa using my voice. I like this system because the devices connected to it are secure and the hosting platform (which has a montly fee) is secure.
Here are some ideas on each device and how it can protect you:
Electronic locks offer a host of useful features including remote access to the lock, knowing the status of the lock, and triggering events when the lock is locked or unlocked. Nexia Schlage locks allow multiple users to be configured into the lock so that service providers can enter the house with their own codes. A log tracks everyone coming and going. The lock can be unlocked remotely too, allowing access to unexpected visitors who need access. This works great on rental properties throughout the lifecycle of the property. And you never need to rekey a property.
Door and Window Sensors
Door and window sensors help you know whether doors and windows are opened or closed. There are also garage door tilt sensors that indicate the status of the garage door. When connected to a monitoring system, the sensors can trigger events such as notifications, alarms, and lights.
Motion detectors can monitor room occupancy and trigger events when motion is detected or not detected. For instance, lights can be turned on and off automatically when a room is occupied or unoccupied.
Cameras can record events triggered by other sensors (motion, smoke, water) so that you can monitor a situation when it occurs. The Nexia Home system allows cameras to record and display live feeds.
Water sensors monitor water in a variety of locations such as under sinks, washers, water heaters, dishwasters and sump basins. Water damage is expensive to repair, and can often be prevented by a water sensor strategically placed. Water sensors can trigger alerts, alarms, lights and electric water valves that will turn off the water supply when a leak is detected.
Smoke and CO Detectors
Smoke and CO detectors can trigger events such as alerts, alarms, and lights. Having the lights turn on when smoke or CO is detected can be extremely helpful.
Thermostats connected to an automation system can save a lot of money. They can be scheduled and triggered by events such as turning on when arriving home or turning off when a room is unoccupied.
Lighting and Electrical Controllers
Lighting and electrical controllers control lighting and appliances. Automated lighting can be used for security purposes or to create moods in a home. Appliance modules can turn on and off appliances and equipment. Switching can be triggered by sensors and other events.