These seven smart devices will protect and elevate your high-tech home
There are many exciting advances in smart home technology now available that can help keep British Columbians safe and secure. You can customize your home with the most energy efficient tools, safeguard your family with automatic locking features, and program your lights to turn on and off while you’re away on vacation.
With the seven smart features below, you’ll be better able to protect your home from damage and avoid expensive repairs. And that’s what smart technology is really all about: giving you peace of mind by making your home more comfortable and secure.
1. Nest Learning Thermostat
The Nest Learning Thermostat is a smart device that can build the right temperature environment for your family. Within the first few days of use, it learns your preferences and becomes synced with your daily schedule, saving energy when you’re away from home and warming up the house for when you arrive. With the smartphone app, you can even control temperature settings from your phone and monitor your daily usage.
2. Nest Outdoor Cam
The Nest Outdoor Cam provides video surveillance on your phone so that you can protect your home and loved ones from potential danger. Alerts are sent to your smartphone, so in the instance that you have a stranger knocking on your door, you can talk to them from your smartphone and send them packing. With a Nest Aware subscription, you can also track video surveillance over extended periods of time, making it easy to learn how your bike in the garage disappeared.
Nest Outdoor Cam
3. Arlo Pro
After testing the top models on the market, the Arlo Pro has been rated by The Wirecutter as the best pick for a wireless at-home security system. It has a battery life lasting up to several months and claims to offer more convenience and value than competitors. It’s easy to set up and will immediately begin taking motion- and audio-triggered recordings. For added security, the Base Station includes a high-pitched 100-plus-decibel siren.
4. Nest Protect
Stop worrying about whether or not your smoke detector is actually functioning. The Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector is designed with advanced technology. With a friendly voice, it can warn you when it senses smoke. When it reacts to a minor issue, such as burning toast, you can temporarily mute the buzzer while you fix the issue.
5. August Smart Lock
Gone are the days of copying keys and leaving the house wondering if you remembered to lock the door. The Smart Lock from August is easily installed and transforms your smartphone into your house key—and much more. Through Bluetooth connection, the lock is programmed to automatically lock and unlock the door as you approach and exit your home. Create virtual keys for your family and guests and set a daily entrance time for the dog walker or allow access in case of an emergency. You can also set your account to receive electronic notifications whenever someone opens the door, so you can rest assured knowing when your child arrives home safely from school.
6. Philips Hue Bridge
Philips has developed a wireless lighting system to create personal ambience for every experience in your home. With Phillips Hue Bridge, you can adjust between white, white ambiance and colours to adjust for warm and inviting mood lighting. Download the Hue app to control your lighting system from anywhere, adjusting lights remotely to allow a dark home seem occupied while you're away. Upon your return, program it so that the light can welcome you home.
7. Honeywell Lyric™ Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector
New from Honeywell, the Lyric™ Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector is an early warning system that notifies you on your smartphone when it detects an appliance leak or when the appliance’s temperature drops below the regular setting. By catching it early, you may be able to avoid expensive repairs and loss of treasured items. Set-up is simple and easy, with the Lyric™ app offering step-by-step instructions for connecting and getting started.
Honeywell Lyric™ Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector
Because no technology can completely protect your home, you want to feel confident that you have the right home insurance in place to protect your smart tech and valuables, such as with BCAA Home Insurance. BCAA has been ranked as the "Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Home Insurers in Western Canada" by J.D. Power for the past five years.
As a homeowner, outfitting your home with the latest technologies should reduce the need of filing an insurance claim—but we’d rather be safe than sorry.