Thanks to ever-improving wireless technology, there are many low-priced options that will make your home much more secure. If you want basic but high-tech security on a budget, here are some simple ways you can protect your home and the people inside it.
Window Break Alarms
Did you know there’s a simple way to know if a window has been broken? A small alarm attaches to the glass of your sliding doors and windows. They’re peel-and-stick and don’t use any wires. The alarms use vibration sensors and give off a piercing siren when glass is tampered with.
It’s best to look for alarms that have high and low sensitivity settings in order to prevent false alarms.
Door and Window Sensors
If you want to be alerted when your windows or doors open, just attach wireless sensors to them. You set a chime to emit when opened during whatever time of day you specify. You can also turn them off if you want to open the windows.
A wireless motion-activated porch light is simple to install but makes your home a lot safer. Lights deter intruders (not to mention that they are helpful when you’re fumbling for your keys).
Choose a weatherproof, battery-operated version. If you can, get one with LED lights, which means you won’t have to worry about changing out the bulbs, either.
Smart outlets, which can be controlled from your phone, allow you to plug in lamps, TVs, and other devices and then control the outlets from your phone. This allows you to turn lighting and other electronic devices on and off whenever you want, making it seem like someone is home when the home is actually empty.
Another great thing about smart outlets is that you can turn off devices that you’re not sure you turned off. If you’ve ever wondered if you left a curling iron on and whether or not it could burn down the house, you’ll know how valuable a smart outlet can be.
Cost: Between $10 and $30 each
Indoor Security Camera
An indoor security camera can be mounted near your front door or at any other location in your house. It can alert you to any movement, as well as show you live video. Some models allow two-way communication. These can be connected to a smart hub, but they don’t have to be.
Cost: $50 to $100
Smart locks supplement or replace your front-door deadbolt, but they do much more than just unlock and lock your door. Most smart locks let you receive alerts and track who’s going in and out of your home. You can also email limited access digital “keys” to children, visitors, and guests when you’re not home. You can even use your phone to remotely lock and unlock your home when you’re gone.
Smart locks are usually compatible with smart home systems, and doors can be locked or unlocked as part of a group operation (for instance, a night operation could lock the doors, lower the shades, and turn on your lamps).
Cost: $100 to $200
These inexpensive options can all help make your home safer and increase your peace of mind. As technology continues to evolve, there will be even more options that will make your home a safer place to be.