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Home Automation: 101

Since the 1930’s World Fair, people have envisioned a home where small functions are performed automatically. While the idea is not new, the technologies to make it happen are. Home automation is hotter than ever because of smart home technologies.

So what exactly is a smart home? You may have heard the terms “home automation,” and “smart home” used interchangeable, and while very closely related, one is actually a component of another.

Here are some basic terms you will need to know:

Home Automation

When selected appliances and devices are connected to a central system and respond based on user input.

Connected Devices

These devices, appliances, and systems have integrated sensors that can connect them to the internet. The user programs the devices that can also learn and anticipate user patterns and respond accordingly.

The Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things is what brings home automation and connected devices together to create a smart home. Using sensors, programs, systems and controls, the IoT allows the systems to communicate, telling everything how, when, and why to perform a certain task as well as relay information to the user.

Why Smart Home Technologies are More than Just Cool Technologies

Yes, there really is something incredibly cool about having your home respond to your needs, but smart home technologies are more than just cool, they are also an advantage in many ways. Smart home systems offer a tremendous amount of convenience, allowing users to have the heating cooling, and lighting systems all working without thought. Safety is another big advantage, as users can tap in to home security or surveillance systems, be alerted to security breaches or things like extreme temperature changes. Smart home technologies also offer the user savings with the more effective use of energy.

Home automation and smart home technologies are an important way residents and business owners are streamlining their lives for a more efficient use of their time. If you have a question about home automation, home security, and smart home technologies, feel free to contact us.

5 Important Reasons Why Home Automation is a Necessity

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.

3 Ways to Keep Life on Track Using Home Security and Mobile Control

One of the best ways to improve one’s safety and security at home is through the use home security technologies. But if you think home security and mobile control is just about security, it’s time to think again. Automation and security technologies are also a powerful tool in managing real life, from scheduling and productivity to energy efficiency.

Here are 3 ways to use these technologies to improve the way life works.

Navigate Family Schedules

You have three busy young teens that all need to be somewhere at the exact same time and the destinations are cities apart. Getting them all there is one problem, and getting them home is another. So, you coordinate with two other parents to get two kids to their destination, and you take the other. When the events are over the kids come home and let themselves home using a unique code, so you know who got home and when. Then, to be sure they are safe you check in on them via live streaming video, and check the status of the home to make sure the doors are locked and windows are shut.

Keeping Everyone on Track

Getting and keeping everyone on track and on the schedule is a monumental task, even if the only schedule you need to worry about is your own. One of the best ways to use home security and mobile technologies is for personal productivity– to keep things moving forward, eliminate routine tasks, and to prepare the way for more efficient daily processes from dawn to dusk, whether you are at home or not. For example, the lights go on for simulated dawn to wake you, the coffee is already brewing, the doors lock behind you, the system arms, you get regular alerts of any unusual activity, manage daily deliveries and services remotely, and have the home ready when you get home. You are never held back, or captive, by the duties of life. Pretty phenomenal.

No More Waiting Around

It has happened to all of us. We have services, friends, or family coming by the home and are late. Now it is time to go to work or another appointment or you’ll be late. What do you do? With mobile control, you can get to your appointment and when the expected company arrives, let them in remotely.

Complete Security Services is New Jersey’s premier electronic security company, providing home and business security systems across the greater New Jersey area.

How Do Entrepreneurs Use Home Security, Automation, and Mobile Control?

Super motivated, fearless, start-up types seem to have a certain way of doing things that others do not. They see things in terms of processes, and processes can always be improved.  Maybe that’s why they see integrating home security, home automation, and mobile control a little differently than most people.  Rather than a convenience, they see it as a tool to improve various processes and how that can help them achieve other life and business goals.

Better Organization and Productivity

Disorganization and disruptions wreck any hope of real productivity. One of the ways entrepreneurs use home security and automation technologies is to keep themselves on track. Practices such as screening front door disruptions through the video doorbell, or geofencing to have the home ready for you as you approach can eliminate extra processes, and wasted time.

Improved Operations

Time is a valuable commodity, and you can never get it back. Entrepreneurs have a keen sense of this and use automation and mobile control to improve all home functions, whether they are home or not. It may seem like a small thing, but when you look at each individual process as part of a whole, it adds up to maximal efficiency. As you approach home you can have the stove preheating, the home reaching a comfortable temperature, the coffee on, the washer starting, and more all ready for your arrival.

Improved Energy Efficiency and Savings

Leaner operations mean more money to invest in other areas of life. Having remote control of the home allows users to reduce energy usage to what is actually needed, with no waste, as the system extracts data about usage patterns and consumption. This means the lights, devices, and heating and cooling systems respond to usage, and sense when you have left the area.

Better Health Management

Getting things done well rests on a healthy body and healthy mindset, and that is crucial when you are running a successful business. Another way busy entrepreneurs use home automation is to create an environment that supports a healthy life. For example, creating sleep and wake scenes helps with the sleep cycle which supports good health.

Improved Business Opportunities

Streamlining and automating operations frees extra time in the schedule. Entrepreneurs use this extra time to pursue additional business opportunities, and use the home to facilitate this growth.

Since 1983, Complete Security Systems, Inc., has been meeting the needs of clients in NJ with intelligent systems that allow customers to do more.

The Lazy Days of Summer Starts With Home Automation

Okay, maybe most people would describe their summer as anything but lazy. Summer is a busy season that includes everything from trying to juggle schedules with the kids out of school, filling in for others on vacation, and taking off for a well-earned break of our own. In the midst of it all, you are trying to figure out how to keep the family and the house, safe and in one piece. It is a near impossible task, if not for home automation.

Home Automation Addresses Some of Summer’s Most Pressing Issues

The increased activity in summer brings a lot of fun, but it also brings its own set of challenges and dangers.

  • In summer, the house may be quite obviously empty while you’re on vacation.
  • With kids going in and out of the house a million times, the doors get left unlocked pretty frequently too, leaving the home vulnerable to intruders.
  • Keeping the doors and gates leading to pools closed and locked to prevent accidental drownings is also a huge concern.

The Fear is Real

Being concerned about summer safety makes sense. The combination of increased activities, having our attention diverted in a multitude of directions, and more people around naturally increases the opportunity for things like injury, accidental death, fire, and theft. Fortunately, home automation technologies can help address these concerns.

Have Fun, But Stay Safe

Fire up the barbeque and grab your towels, because summer is made for fun. In the middle of all the fun, though, do not neglect safety and security. When things get busy, it is easy to forget things like locking doors, or have our attention pulled away from supervising kids by someone at the door among many other common summer dangers. Problem solved. With home automation you can:

  • Monitor children playing outside or in a different room using smart cameras
  • Use smart sensors and alerts to tell you if doors or gates open unexpectedly
  • Keep kids out of pools or other dangerous areas
  • Monitor the home via smart cameras when you are away
  • Reduce the chances of theft
  • Check on pets throughout the day (some of that video just might be Youtube worthy)
  • Get alerts if there is unusual movement around the house while you are away
  • Lock those smart locks…. Again
  • Get an alert that you left the smart garage door open
  • Know exactly who is at the door via the video doorbell before getting pulled away from your activity, or answer from afar so you always look home
  • Make sure you turned off the roast in the oven
  • Fake occupancy with smart lighting and other enabled electronics while on vacation to further deter burglars.
  • Go Away on vacation knowing your home is covered by 24/7 monitoring.
  • Save money using smart lighting and a smart thermostat so you have more savings for vacation

Complete Security Systems is one of the largest independently owned, full service security and fire alarm companies in New Jersey, and recipient of Dealer of the Year by NJ Electronic Security Association three times:2003, 2013, and 2015.

Home Automation is a Smart Upgrade for Vacation Rentals

The vacation rental market is booming with property owners using both traditional property management and self-rental models of business. These models both make owning and renting a vacation home easy and because of this, we see more vacation properties available each year. To make the home profitable, owners have a twofold task: manage costs and make the home stand out to attract more renters. This is why more vacation rental owners are turning to home automation. A smart home provides the tools and oversight they need and the comfort and convenience renters want.

Home Automation Attracts More Guests

The vacation rental business can be quite profitable if you can make your home stand out in a way that makes it first choice for vacationers. Home automation is the best way to cater to your guests in a very personalized way. For example, if your rental is in a big city and your goal is to attract luxury clients, you might consider upscale amenities like smart appliances, remote controlled fireplace, and automated sound system. You might have a white noise machine automatically go on if they access business amenities or when they settle into bed at night. If your rental is off the beaten path or a destination rental, you might consider an automated home theater system and automated outdoor lighting. All of these things take your rental from average to amazing and will keep it booked all year.

Use Home Automation to Boost Security

Adding a smart security system to your vacation rental is another way to make your rental home more attractive, and more secure. A security system can take all of the hassles out of the rental process as well by eliminating the need to exchange keys. Everything, from digitally signing agreements to providing access to the home using a time sensitive unique security code, can be done online. Renters, too, feel more safe and secure in a home with security and see it as a “bonus”. As a homeowner, you can check the status of your system and receive push alerts in the event of emergencies such as fire, carbon monoxide leak, burst pipe or other emergencies.

Home Automation Upgrades Boost Your Profitability

By adding smart technologies to your vacation rental home, you stay ahead of the competition by making your home more desirable by providing an exceptional experience. Small home automation upgrades such as smart lighting, ceiling fan controls, and a smart thermostat create a very guest-centric atmosphere that encourages repeat visits and referrals. Added amenities also allow you to charge a higher rate in a competitive market. Finally, you boost profitability by increasing your savings because your smart home system insures that the big energy wasters, heating, cooling, and lighting are all managed appropriately.

By upgrading your vacation property with home automation, you provide a huge advantage to guests and to your bottomline. Complete Security Systems is New Jersey’s premier electronic security provider.

6 Important health benefits of smart lighting that you need to know

There is just something about smart lighting that we can’t help but love. It is a great help in saving energy because the system can learn your usage patterns and automatically shut off lights for you. Since you can access them (and all other smart devices) remotely, you can’t beat its convenience. It also adds tremendous safety because you can simulate occupancy even when you’re not home. In addition to those smart home advantages, however, there are also some important health benefits of smart lighting that are worth knowing.

  1. It reduces the risk of injury due to falling. Falling sends 700,000 people to the hospital every year and 20% of those falls were in low light conditions. Smart lighting can help reduce incidents of falling by detecting movement and turning on as you need them or allow the user to turn on the lights from a smart app right from their phone.
  2. Controlling the duration, kind, and time you receive light keeps your Circadian Rhythm in sync. By using color-changing light bulbs, you can have your smart lighting change from a productivity inducing cool color to a warm color that encourages the production of melatonin which is responsible for sleep.
  3. Smart lighting can help improve your health by helping improve your sleep. Getting the right kind of light and limiting duration helps you get a better sleep which contributes to better memory, concentration, and mood.
  4. Smart lighting can help promote the production of cortisol. Waking up to dawn, or a simulated dawn process helps promote the production of cortisol which is responsible and needed for mental alertness.
  5. Better lighting also helps reduce health risks. Studies show that the wrong kind of lighting and lighting at the wrong time leads to melatonin suppression, which is linked to cancer, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.
  6. It can help improve your mental health. The right light at the right times can help fight depression, anxiety, and Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Factor In Your Light Exposure

When we think about our days, we find that our bodies rarely get a break from lighting. From fluorescent lights , television and computer screens to our cell phones, all of that light affects or bodies in some way. If we use smart lighting to control that input, we can promote better health.
Complete Security Systems goes beyond basic systems to provide total home control, for safety, convenience, and peace of mind.

Smart Home Technology Isn’t Going Anywhere

The automated home has been a dream for so long that it is hard to believe that it is actually here. Well, maybe not like on the Jetson’s, but similar. And a whole lot better. And for those who originally thought home automation was a passing fad– they just realized they forgot to close the garage door and arm the security system. No worries, though, because home automation took care of it for them.

Do You Have a Smart Home?

The term “smart home” is used to describe a residence where internet connected devices, appliances, and systems are connected and able to communicate with one another. Once they are able to communicate, the system is able to learn user habits and routines and respond to them. If you have a smart home, you are not alone. The trend is growing with no end in sight.

The Home Automation Industry Has Only Grown

According to statistic compilation sites like Statista.com, the home automation market reached $9.7 billion in 2016 with the United States generating most of that revenue. Other studies suggest that by the year 2020 we are likely to see over 25 billion internet devices serving in home automation which will help the industry surge to $20.9 billion.

Important Reasons Why Home Automation is Here to Stay

  • Enhanced Security. The number one reason most people opt in into home automation is for enhanced security. If you have a security system, you know how easy it is to forget to arm the system, or to lock the doors. Home automation can take care of that by arming the system, locking the smart locks, and much more, to enhance your security.
  • Increased Savings. Outside of better security, the most popular reason to have home automation is for improved energy efficiency and savings through the use of things such as smart lighting and the smart thermostat.
  • Connection. The smart home also provides unprecedented control of your home, whether you are home or away through the smart home app. With a tap of your finger you can turn off and on appliances, check security cameras, arm your security system, and see who is at the door through the smart doorbell camera.
  • Better Entertainment Experience. When it is time to relax it is nice to be able to just sit back and enjoy the experience without having to worry about a multitude of controls and adjustments to the television, audio, gaming, and home theater. With home automation, you have it all under control.
  • Convenient Appliances. The industry is exploding with a proliferation of connected appliances, such as smart refrigerators, coffee makers, washers and dryers, and ovens. When you integrate your kitchen appliances you reap even more convenience and savings. 

Complete Security Systems is New Jersey’s premier electronic security and home automation company providing systems that make life better. Contact us today for more information.

 

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.