Protecting your home and your family can be as simple as installing a video doorbell or smart lock device. With so many different options out there, it may be difficult to pinpoint the right one. Below are some tips on what to look for in a video doorbell and smart lock for your home.
There are both wired and wireless video doorbells and both are relatively easy to install. For South Florida, where power outages are fairly frequent especially during hurricane season, a wireless device is probably the safer bet.
Each model will have different specs, often varying according to price but in general the moment the doorbell is pressed, it sends an alert to your cell phone with a live video stream. Some models also offer integration with Amazon Alexa and other similar devices. The pricier models will have higher quality video, two-way audio, on-demand video streaming, motion detection, and even face recognition technology.
The downside to video doorbells is they don’t store recorded video locally but this is n easy “fix” by signing up for a cloud service that will store the video clips for 30 plus days. Most of these devices also won’t integrate with home security systems like ADT or SimpliSafe so you’ll have to contact your home security system company or the manufacturer of the video doorbell to find out.
Some video doorbells to check out:
Probably one of the easiest to install and least expensive new technologies in home security are smart locks. You can expect to pay anywhere from $100-$300 with the more expensive locks having better specs. Some smart locks require you remove your existing lock completely while others you can install to your existing lock or deadbolt.
Most smart locks still allow for the use of your key, in case there is a power outage (again, very important in South Florida) or you just want to open your door the good ol’ way. Many of these locks also use a mobile app which allows you to unlock and lock the doors, as temporary of permanent users, and set schedules.
If you install a Wi-Fi enabled smart lock, you will be able to control it from pretty much anywhere. Bluetooth-enabled locks on the other hand, require you to be within range in order to operate it.
Some features to pay attention to when purchasing a smart lock include: keyless touchpads, voice activation, auto-locking, tamper and forced entry alarms, activity logs and geofencing. You will also want to double check that the smart lock you choose integrates with your other home security devices like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit.
Some smart locks to check out:
An added advantage to installing a video doorbell or smart lock in your home is you may be eligible for extra savings on your homeowners insurance. For a comprehensive look at your policy or to find out if you qualify for any discounts, contact one of our insurance professionals today.