Home Automation Helps for the 5 Stages of Parenting

When you think of parenting through the various developmental stages of a child’s life, you may not have thought of home automation as a parental help. Once you know, however, you wonder what parents ever did without it. Parenting is one of the most fulfilling jobs we can have. It is also one of the most monumental. After all, having the care of another life in our hands is no small thing. That’s why experienced parents will tell you to use all of the tools available to you to help parent through your child’s five stages of development—and one of the most surprising and effective tools is home automation.

Navigating Infancy with Home Automation

Bringing a baby home is a time of wonder, and a time of worry and sleep deprivation. The baby has a need for comfort and consistency and the parent has the overwhelming need to know that their child is okay. Both of those needs are easily met with home automation. By using smart home technologies, you can keep the nursery at a constant temperature to ensure the baby is never too hot or too cold and baby can sleep soundly. Parents, too, can be comforted in the ability to check the security camera from their phone so they can check in without disturbing the baby. Door, window, and motion sensors also add a tremendous level of peace of mind so parents can rest easy—at least for a few hours.

Home Automation is Your Superpower During the Toddler Years

There is no limit to a toddler’s curiosity, and no limit to their ability to get into troubles of which a parent never before dreamed. While you do not want to quench their curiosity, you do want to ensure their safety. Home automation and home security helps like door sensors and alerts help ensure there are no early morning escapes or unsupervised backyard excursions.

The School Years are A whirlwind of Activity

The school years are a blur of activity. You are running around taking children to school, with a long list of extracurricular activities on top of your already busy schedule. In the midst of all the activities, it is easy to forget to do things like lock your doors, arm the security system, or turn off appliances. Home automation can ensure those things get done and prevent that small mistake from turning into a catastrophic and life-changing event.

Managing the Independence of the Teen Years

Teens want and need increasing independence, but at the same time they need oversight. Home automation helps provide a window into the lives of their teens without sacrificing their dignity or independence. Smart locks can send alerts letting you know when they get home or leave and a video doorbell can tell you with whom.

Don’t Forget the College Years

The nest is really never empty so the need for security never ends, but home automation can be an extra special help during the college years. By simulating your presence home automation makes your home look occupied and reduces the likelihood of burglary. This lets you leave home to visit your student without worry or hesitation.

As a parent, you want all the tools available to you to help keep your children safe. If you’d like more information about home automation and the tools that can help you parent, call Complete Security Systems today. We are one of New jersey’s oldest and most respected electronic alarm companies.

How To Be A Home Automation Super Hero

If you are like most people, when you think of home automation you think of all the cool conveniences it provides, such as being able to have your home climate controlled or having the ability to lock doors remotely. But this has led to an important question: Is home automation a convenience, luxury, or necessity? We believe that it has increasingly become a necessity. Here are 5 important reasons why.

Times Are Changing

Times change and things that were once considered luxuries are now absolute necessities. For example, in 1995, only 10% of homes had the internet. Now, a short time later, nearly not only does nearly every home have it, our society depends on it for just about every function. While home automation was convenient, the services it provides makes it increasingly indispensable to running a household.

Resources Management is Increasingly Important

Not only is it true that as a society we have become more conscious about conserving our resources, we also understand that it is increasingly important to do so because of the political and economic climate we live in. Home automation provides one of the best tools available for conserving our resources.

Time Management is Important

As we move to a more information drive society, how we spend our time is more important. Home automation provides the tools we need to increase productivity and to do more, more effectively. It also allows us to multi-task mush more effectively than ever before.

It Allows Us to Improve Our Caregiving

Today, it is not uncommon to have both small children and aged adults in the home requiring some special oversight. Home automation allows you to provide that without compromising a loved one’s dignity but allowing you to check in remotely and receive custom alerts for activity that might indicate trouble. Home automation also allows you to provide care to those living outside the home, too. With the ability to check in via security camera or keep track of activity through sensors, you can call for help the minute you suspect a problem.

Home Automation Creates A More Hospitable Environment

As we learn more about ourselves and how the mind works we learn how our environment effects things like mood and productivity. Creating a hospitable environment is also important for homes with occupants with sensory issues. Home automation can control those elements that create disturbance, such as glaring lights or noise.

As time changes, tools such as home automation move quickly from being a convenience to an indispensable tool. If you have any questions about home automation, please give Complete Security Systems a call.

Why Should Your Front Door be Smart? We’ll Tell You.

Your front door is, of course, your primary entrance. It is also the number one choice of entrance for burglars, too. That makes this point pretty important, and what you do to secure it can make all the difference in the world. While a lock and even motion sensors and alarms can deter crime and alert you to trouble, transforming your door with smart technologies however, can not only help secure the door, it can do a lot more.

Video Doorbells are Not Just a Convenience

Having a video doorbell is like having a security guard posted right at your front door. The camera can video and record any suspicious activity; and you can see who is at the door from anywhere in the house and decide whether or not to answer; you can use the 2-way communication to “answer” the door remotely so you never need to disclose the home is unattended.

Gain Intel from Smart Locks

Having multiple sets of keys floating around or hiding keys on your property is a huge security risk. Smart locks eliminate that problem with access codes. By using unique codes, you can let in whomever you want or change access when necessary. By using unique codes and setting up alerts, you can also gain valuable intel about who gets home when, so you always know that everyone got home safely.

Super-Charge Front Door Security

Every porch needs a little lighting and smart lighting does that, and more. Smart lighting can respond to triggers such as geofencing on your phone, motion, ringing the doorbell, or the garage door opening to illuminate the area. Lighting is important for convenience, preventing injuries, and just as importantly—deter crime.

Control Your Door and Security from Your Security App

Whether you are at home enjoying a barbeque outside, at work, or on vacation half way across the world you can control the security of your front door, see video doorbell footage, provide or deny access, and confirm package deliveries right from the palm of your hand on your smartphone.

With smart technologies, your front door can be much more than a point of entry. Rather than just secure the door, smart technologies make your front door part of the security system that helps you manage life. At Complete Security Systems, we equip New Jersey families with technologies that simplify and secure their lives.

 

Like Agent 007, But Better

Ok, there’s just something exceptionally cool about Agent 007. But have you ever wondered what has made the character retain such huge popularity over 50 years? Is it that he is impeccably dressed and remains unruffled no matter the peril? Or that he is a hero through and through and never flinches at danger? Our favorite is his hallmark use of technology. Even before it was popular for film heroes to brandish futuristic anything, bond had the high-tech gadgetry thing nailed down tight.

Maybe we don’t have “Q Branch” supplying us with jetpacks, gyrocopters, and submersible cars with ejector seats, but Agent 007 has nothing on us when it comes to super cool home security and home automation technologies.

Be an Intruder’s Worst Nightmare

Having the house boobytrapped with giant nets or poison darts is out, but that’s okay. You have this under control with a real-world arsenal of practical, and super high-tech electronic home security solutions. Submersible cars are a great effect, but seeing your personal villain hauled away in the back of a squad car isn’t so bad either.

Mission: Save (Your) World

Cue the 007 music. When it comes to smart home security technologies, truth is far better than fiction. In fact, if you aren’t sure of what sort of technologies are available and the wide range of ways they can be implemented, you might want to dig in and be amazed. You can leverage smart security technologies in ways even Bond never dreamed of. Even better, while you are ordering, managing, and protecting your world you can do it all from bright, sleek touchscreen control panels and up your cool factor exponentially.

Smart Security Features Villains Hate

Whether it is Goldfinger, Blofeld, or Colonel Von Hammerstein, you have the weapons they fear most. Motion sensors, door and window contacts, glass break sensors, and monitoring form an impenetrable wall of protection that would even impress Bond himself.

But Bond would never stop there, and neither would you.

Every agent needs a steady stream of classified intelligence and indoor and outdoor surveillance provides exactly what you need. And you can access that information instantly and discreetly from your mobile device from anywhere in the world.

Of course, it is always important to keep villains on their toes, and one of the best ways to do that is with great fake-out maneuvers. Home automation is one of the best tools for confusing the enemy, providing a way to look home with lights and entertainment going off and on, and even sound home with the ability to answer the door via video doorbell and your mobile device. Even the most determined criminal doesn’t want to mess with that.

All that and we don’t need the Aston Martin. Of course, it never hurts to have one.

Complete Security Systems goes beyond old-fashioned burglar alarm systems to a complete home security system, offering a wide range of options that would even impress Agent 007.

Surprising Smart Home Helps for Exhausted Moms

Being a mom is a wonderful job, but one that encompasses about a million other job titles. As a mom, you are the Director of Operations, Law Enforcement, Safety Officer, Logistics Engineer and more, and all of those duties can get pretty exhausting. Wouldn’t it be nice to find ways to ease the load a little?
Grab a cup of coffee, and let us provide a few solutions that satisfy safety, productivity, structure, consistency, and comfort all while maintaining cost-efficiency.

Increase Safety

Raising kids can be worrisome. There are just so many things that can cause harm that it can be overwhelming. The good news is that home automation can provide a multitude of customized ways to increase the safety of the entire family. Here are just a few of our favorites:

  • Use your phone to check in on playing kids or a sleeping baby without disturbing either.
  • Set up motion sensor alerts to warn you if an industrious toddler tries to escape to the backyard to play without your knowledge.
  • Support your young teen’s independence by setting up an alert for when they come home or see them through the doorbell camera.
  • Before you open the door to anyone, view and speak to them via the doorbell camera to determine if you need to—or if you should open the door.
  • Set up a “fauxcupancy” scenes so you always look home.

Provide Greater Structure and Improve Productivity

In a busy household, any sort of structure is a welcomed thing. We all know how little it takes to make the whole day fall apart right before our eyes. Using home automation as your support can be just the thing to get things on track and keep them there. Here are just a few ways home automation can revolutionize your productivity.

  • Getting everyone to sleep when they ought to be can be a real challenge, but not when you use home automation to schedule lights out. Still not sure? No worries. Just tap into the security camera through your phone to see if they are really off to sleep.
  • Keep naptime peaceful and undisturbed by turning your doorbell to silent and viewing visitors through the camera to see if it is necessary to open the door.
  • Schedule homework time and set up the entertainment systems to only go on after a certain hour.
  • For kids reluctant to get up in the morning, use lighting, temperature, and music controls to ease them into the day.

At Complete Security Systems, we know that the job of mom is no joke. We are happy to provide the technologies that make making life happen a little easier.

Better Parenting with Home Security: FOMO

If you are a parent, you know about FOMO, or the Fear OF Missing Out. And if you are like most parents, you know that sinking feeling that settles around your heart every time you come home and hear about some special moment that you wish you could have witnessed yourself.
One of the most difficult things about being a parent is that in order to be a great parent, you have to do things other than parenting! Work and many other things take us away from our kids so that we can take care them to the best of our ability. As much as we don’t like it, we can often miss out on some of the little things that make up their day.
We have all thought to ourselves that there must be a better way—and there really is. You can banish FOMO with an unlikely tool—your home security system.

No More Missing Out

You can learn a lot about how things went that day just by how the kids walk through the door and fling their backpacks on the floor. When the baby sitter tells you what a great day the kids had at school or some special event you do not have to rely on second hand information. Use your home security system and app to tap in to the security cameras and see their faces as they walk through the door.

Separation Anxiety?

Yes, your home security system can help with (your) separation anxiety. The kids may be fine walking away for the day and not give us much thought, but we hate saying good bye. We hate not knowing what they are doing, or whether or not they are okay. Tapping into your home security cameras for a peek every now helps close in the distance.

Stay Involved

Ever get the feeling that when the kids are telling you what happened that day, that they should be telling you what else happened that day? Yeah. We know. Now your strategic parenting can take on new power. No need to miss the action. Now. You. Know.

Improve Your Productivity

It is difficult to accomplish all that we need to do in a day when our mind is constantly going back to thoughts of the children. Worry takes a lot of energy that could be spent getting things done. One quick check through the security cameras can tell you all you need to know. Now you can get all of your work done faster so you can go home sooner.

It Can Help You Manage Homework Time

Should the kids be doing homework when they get home from school so that you can have even more time enjoying time together when you get home? Unless you tap into your home security cameras, you have no way of really knowing until you get home.

Worried About Chaos?

We know. Take your eyes off the kids for one moment and nearly anything could happen. There is no need to worry any more though. If your young people know that you can check in at any moment and see for yourself, they are far less likely to test your boundaries.

Ready to banish FOMO? Call Complete Security Systems. CSS is one of the largest independently owned, full-service security and fire alarm companies in new Jersey.

Yes, The Holidays Really Can Be Peaceful

We all know how stressful the holidays can be, and how that stress detracts from quality time with our loved ones. But reducing those stresses means managing a multitude of small details, those unruly time robbers that add up far too quickly. Is it even possible? With home automation, the answer is a resounding, yes.

Here are some ways you can use home automation to manage holiday stress and leave more time to sit back and enjoy the spirit of the season.

Let Guests In

You never want to leave your key out where anyone can find it, but you can’t always be home to let in guests when they arrive. Now, there’s no need to rush home. Just unlock the door from your smart phone. You can even make them feel welcome and comfortable by turning on lights and music or turning up the temperature.

Set the Mood

Want to create some energy at a party or help things unwind? No problem! Just use home automation to set custom scenes that can create mood with lighting, temperature, and custom play lists.

Manage Deliveries

Of course, with all that online shopping you will be getting a few deliveries. Even if you aren’t home you can use your video doorbell and alerts to know that something wonderful has arrived.

Don’t Forget the Light Display

After spending hours (and hours) putting up all those incredible lights, you would think it is easy to remember to actually turn them on. With everything else there is to remember, sometimes we forget to light up our world. With home automation, you can be sure your hard work is not in vain and schedule the times you want them on or off.

Make Your Home Unattractive to Burglars

One big holiday stress is thinking about the increased vulnerability to burglary. Thieves know that residents are home less frequently and have more new, still in box items easily accessible in the home which makes every home a more attractive target. Keep thieves guessing by using home automation to make the home always look busy and occupied.

Did You Really Turn Off the Iron?

Busy schedules mean details fall through the cracks, causing even more stress and time lost. With home automation, you never need to go back or second guess whether or not you turned off the iron, locked the door, shut the garage, or enabled the alarm. Just check your phone and manage the details from there.

Complete Security Systems is New Jersey’s Premier electronic security and home automation company. If you have any questions about how to make your life safer and simpler, please give us a call.