Your home alarm system is only as good as how you use it. If you don’t ever arm your system, it isn’t going to keep anyone out. Yet, it’s not always intuitive to remember to turn on your home alarm system when you leave. You’d like to be able to access your system remotely, so for example you could arm the system from the office. You wouldn’t mind having access to your system’s video cameras remotely, either.
Fortunately, today’s systems are robust, and feature a number of remote access methods. Here are some of the ways you might be able to access your home alarm system remotely:
- Keychains. While these won’t help you from the office, they will let you arm or disarm your home alarm system from your car. These work great as a backup in case you simply forget to arm the system when you leave for work in the morning.
- Web interface. Some home alarm systems offer you the ability to manage your home alarm system via a secure web page. Log in to the security company’s website and you can activate or deactivate your system, and in some cases even view your home security cameras remotely.
- Smartphone apps. Here’s where things get really interesting. Today’ home alarm systems offer you the ability to manage their features using your smartphone. The app can do just about everything you could do from the control panel, and sometimes more. This means you can access your system from anywhere you have a data connection.
These management options are becoming more and more useful. As companies find new ways to integrate your home alarm system with other household systems such as heating and cooling or lighting, you’re able to access those remotely, as well.
For example, you can log into your home security system when you’re returning from vacation to turn your thermostat up. You can use a smartphone app to schedule your lights to go on and off at periodic intervals, giving the illusion that someone is at home.
Check into some of the remote management options for your home alarm system today.