Home smart home: The benefits of adopting smart home technology

September 20, 2019 | SECURA Insurance

Smart home technology is an incredibly popular and steadily rising trend. This technology is becoming more affordable and easy to use with hundreds of options available to turn your home into a high-tech machine. 

As if the convenience of being able to control your thermostat from your phone, or start your oven completely hands-free isn't enough, smart home devices also provide some pretty amazing security and safety benefits. Before deciding if this investment is right for you and your family, here is a deeper look at what a connected home can offer you. 

Protect your home and belongings. 

Home security is a driving force behind why homeowners automate their homes. With over one million home invasions each year costing an average of $2,000 per home break-in, having a home security system in place can save you thousands of dollars and keep you and your family safe. 

Smart security systems connect to the Wi-Fi in your home, so you can monitor your home both near and far. Forget to lock the door? Simply lock it remotely through the use of your home security's app. You can also set preferences for your home security system, such as camera recording and alarms if a sensor is triggered. 

Live in a cold climate? Some smart security systems also offer freeze sensors to alert when the temperature drops below a certain point and is at risk for a burst pipe. If your home is susceptible to flooding, moisture sensors can also trigger an alarm when they come into contact with water, preventing costly damage from leaks or floods. 

Reduce energy bills. 

Do you groan every time you get your utility bills? You aren't alone, and smart home technology can help you live a little bit 'greener' of a life. Smart thermostats and smart lighting can help you use energy more efficiently by adjusting or shutting off when there is no one in that area of the home. These systems can help you avoid leaving lights on, and running your A/C in an empty house. 

Additionally, you can set up smart devices that track your water lines, allowing you to turn your water on and off remotely, and alerting you to any abnormal changes in moisture. 

Save money on homeowners' insurance. 

Who doesn't love a discount? Some insurance companies will give you a discount if you have home automation. SECURA offers its' MILE-STONE® policyholders a premium discount if the home is equipped with internet-enabled self-monitoring systems that protect against fire, burglary, or moisture. Talk with your insurance agent to see what may be available for you. 

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