One of the added benefits to having a home security system is that the control panel is able to function like a switchboard for various electrical appliances throughout a home, controlling things like the thermostat, lights, locks, garage doors and even video cameras. As society moves into an age in which the “internet of things” gradually spreads to the most unexpected of devices, Alarm.com stands at the forefront of this movement in bringing cutting edge technology directly into people’s homes at an affordable price.
How Much Does Alarm.com Cost?
It is very affordable to add Alarm.com onto an existing alarm system that is currently using either a cellular or internet connection to communicate with the central monitoring station. If your system doesn’t have one of these connections, it makes sense to consider adding one as a backup option to in case your phone line ever goes down. For those with a system already set up to handle Alarm.com, an added monthly fee will be tacked onto your account, but there may be some additional costs associated with hooking up the various devices and appliances throughout your home.
If you’re upgrading to Alarm.com, you will probably need to update your home with electronically controlled locks. The next step will be connecting your control panel to the various appliances and systems throughout your home, many of which are probably already compatible with such a software. These connections will allow you to control electronic appliances using the Alarm.com app on your phone. Of all the neat tech options offered, the greatest feature offered by Alarm.com is peace of mind.
The Best Feature of Alarm.com: Peace of Mind
Ever left the house and thought, did I turn off the stove? Did I remember to shut the garage door? With Alarm.com you no longer have to leave these mysteries to question. A simple check on your phone can indicate the position of a garage door or tell you if an oven or other dangerous appliance has been left on. You can even switch the item off with a click of a button from your smartphone, a thousand miles away.
Control Lighting with Alarm.com
Husband out of town? Coming home to a dark, empty house? Alarm.com lets you switch on designated lights throughout the inside and outside of your home with a click of a few buttons on your smartphone. Never stand in the dark at your front door, fumbling for keys again. You can switch on your front light and use the Alarm.com app on your cell phone to unlock your front door without even having to pause.
Operate Locks Remotely with Alarm.com
You’re at work and suddenly remember, a plumber is coming to install a hot water heater. You have friends coming over for a visit and you’re stuck in traffic. Any number of scenarios might prevent you from being home when you need to be. With a remote operated lock system controlled by Alarm.com, you can let a trusted person into your home with a click of a button. Imagine an elderly family member has lost their keys or been locked out of their home on a hot day, as long as you have access to their Alarm.com account, you’ll be able to unlock their door with a smartphone, even while you’re still on the phone with them.
Keep an Eye on Children or Elderly Family Members with Alarm.com
Nowadays, most families have two working parents. This means you may have children coming home to an empty house each afternoon. As parents, we always want to check in to make sure our children arrived home safely. Sometimes children are outside playing or rush off to a neighbor’s house. With Alarm.com you can set up an alert that can even include a brief video clip that let’s you know when a child has arrived home safely. We can’t promise that you’ll never have to use the old “mom network” to track them down, but we you will know who walks in the front door of your house every single time!
It’s just as important to be able to check in on elderly family members that still live alone. Alarm.com and technological advances within common household devices is actually helping to extend the amount of time elderly people can still stay in their homes on their own. An article published by the Wall Street Journal claims the additional eyes, ears, and helping hands provided by technology is making elderly caregiving much easier. As the boomer population moves into retirement years, they will be armed with a strong working knowledge of modern technology and tech devices connected with systems like Alarm.com.
Energy Saving Features of Alarm.com
Aside from the “need to have” safety features offered by Alarm.com, there are also an array of “like to have” features that simply make life easier, save energy and give homeowners greater control over their environment. You can control things like the thermostat, feed a kitten or set up a variety of custom alerts that tell you what’s happening in your home. Here is a brief video of Alarm.com in action:
Alarm.com offers a variety of life changing features and is an affordable way to automate your home, take better care of elderly family members or children and provide a whole new level of peace of mind in your life. Contact St. Louis’ remote security experts if you’d like to learn more about the features of Alarm.com or would like to know if this service is compatible with an existing security system.