According to research, the top reason people begin investing in Smart Home products is to make their house a safer place. Finding the right smart products to keep you and your family safe can be tricky which is why we put this list together with recommended items.
Knowing who is at your front door before you answer it is a good way to start with your quest to have a safer Smart Home.
Ring, one of the leaders in Smart Doorbells, has a mission to reduce crime in communities. Their line of doorbells come equipped with a camera, two-way speaker and microphone for communication, and motion detectors.
When someone rings your doorbell or even triggers the motion detector, you will be notified via their smartphone app. From there, you can see and even talk to the individual at your front door. Best part about this product is that you don’t even have to be home to communicate with your visitors since your mobile phone is really the vehicle to communicate with.
This is a great product to deter unwanted visitors or to even know if a package has arrived from a courier.
There are a variety of doorbells available by Ring. We recommend Ring Video Doorbell Pro as it works with your existing doorbell wiring and comes with crystal clear 1080p video quality. Buy it here: Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Check the video below to see Ring Doorbell in action.
Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
One of the most important devices in your your quest for a safer house, Smart Home capable or not, is your smoke/carbon monoxide detector.
The smart version of this product comes with some up-to-date features. Nest makes a Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm which integrates well with their lineup of Smart Products. Not only will it notify you of alerts right to your smartphone, it also does frequent checks on the device to test connectivity, battery strength and sensor functionality. Email reports are sent monthly with any updates.
Another nifty feature is the built in night light. Walking by the smoke alarm at night will prompt the device to light up the hallway.
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These devices aren’t quite full replacements of your current security system if you have one. Instead, these products are great to complement existing systems or if you do not have a security system yet, these devices are a good way to start making your house safer.
The Canary is advertised as an all-in-one security solution. It has a built in 1080p HD camera for audio and visual recording as well as night vision. Canary learns and adapts to your preferences and will also know when you are not home to auto-alarm. The built in 90+ db siren is loud enough to scare off any unwanted visitors.
As an added bonus, the Canary also comes built in with HomeHealth Technology, which allows you to track air quality, temperature and humidity.
Buy it here: Canary All-in-One Home Security Device – Black
Smart Leak Detector
Water damage caused from a leak can lead to costly repairs. Knowing about a leak and catching it early can save you a lot of money. Just having piece of mind is great value in itself.
Enter the Smart Leak Detector. D-Link makes a great product to help notify you of leaks. This device has built in metal probes that will notify you of a leak if it comes in contact with water. It also has a long cable that you can run along the baseboard of the area you want to monitor which will alarm if it comes in contact with water.
The cable is what makes this device unique vs competitors but it also plugs into your wall, avoiding the need for batteries. The D-Link product also comes WiFi ready with a smartphone app out of the box, not requiring a hub like some of its competitors.
But it here: D-Link DCH-S160 mydlink Wi-Fi Water Sensor
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Smart Healthy Air Monitor
Understanding how your home is performing in terms of air and noise quality can make your home safer. Knowing how to make adjustments to the quality is even more important.
We mentioned earlier that the Canary all-in-one security came built in with a technology to track air quality, but Netatmo has a product that takes that tracking to another level.
You want to provide the healthiest home possible for your family. Netatmo’s Healthy Home Coach shows you how. Whether it’s the best noise level for sound sleeping or the right humidity levels for a child with asthma, Healthy Home Coach measures what matters, highlights potential problems, and tells you how to fix them.
The home coach has 4 precise sensors built in; humidity, air quality, noise and temperature. The smartphone app will track each of these areas and give recommendations on what to adjust to create a healthier environment.