How to Protect Your Home with a Smarter Security System

How to Protect Your Home with a Smarter Security System

Smart Home Technology Puts You in Control to Keep You Safer  Does your home have an alarm system? Most do, and many houses are prewired with low voltage cable to install basic systems. The typical setup includes window and door sensors to detect opening when the alarm is set, a keypad for entering codes, a siren, and indoor motion sensors. You may have such a system or are familiar with them.   The problem with these systems is that they are not very informative or easy to use. When an alarm is tripped, do you see a code? It might represent the window or door opened, but you might be confused as to which one it is. Likewise, changing codes or adding temporary ones for guests might involve a degree in programming.  There’s a smarter approach to a home security system. Today’s smart technology solutions offer a far more intuitive experience and put you in the know about what’s happening in your Chicago, IL home. Explore how below.   SEE ALSO: 3 Features to Look for in Home Surveillance Systems  Smart Sensors and Surveillance  As we mentioned, window, door, and motion sensors have been around for years. But now you can monitor your home’s environment too. Water and humidity sensors can tell you about a leak long before it becomes an expensive problem. Temperature sensors can go beyond your smart thermostat, informing you of an issue with your wine room or a potential problem in your kitchen with something overheating. Intelligent carbon monoxide sensors can notify you of a potentially deadly situation before it becomes a danger.  What about those window, door, and motion sensors? Use them with smart cameras that can trigger recording on motion,...
Our Summer Safety Checklist for your Home Surveillance System

Our Summer Safety Checklist for your Home Surveillance System

Barrett’s Technology Solutions shares which safety gear makes the biggest impact during this vulnerable season! As the heat rises, so does the prevalence of crime. In fact, studies have shown that most varieties of criminal activity peak during the summer — seeing an increase of more than 10 percent. Research cites many reasons that this could occur. Homeowners are away longer for vacations, or they’re opening windows to invite the fresh lake breezes. Some psychologists have mentioned that warmer weather and increased alcohol consumption result in increased crime compared to temperate climates. No matter the root cause, it’s our job at Barrett’s Technology Solutions to prepare your home in Lincoln Park and throughout Chicago for anything. That’s why today, we’re giving you a comprehensive home safety and surveillance system checklist that not only compensates for summer mishaps but also pays off all year. SEE ALSO: 3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology Smart Locks Smart locks help protect your property at multiple entry points, such as doorways and gates. Smart locks let familiar people in by using a door code, unique PIN or even biometric (thumbprint) access.. Many residents choose to connect this feature to video doorbells so that they can video chat with the person at the door before unlocking it. This feature protects you by eliminating the real possibility that someone could find that key you’ve hidden under your mat and break in. Do you often find yourself forgetting to lock the door behind you as you leave? Integrated locks help with that: Just one click from a smartphone app secures the door behind you. Sensors...
Top Smart Home Automation Trends For 2019

Top Smart Home Automation Trends For 2019

Enhance Your Smart Home with These Exciting Technology Innovations Whether you’re considering giving your home a smart technology upgrade or already have a smart home automation system in place, there’s a wide world of opportunities available to help you maximize the performance of your integrated technology. Given the rapid advancement of smart devices and home control systems, there’s always something new on the horizon, and we’re keeping a close eye on the industry’s biggest trends to ensure our Chicago clients get the best service with the most features. In this blog, we look at new communication, wellness, and security technology that will take your smart home automation system to the next level. Remote Access with Savant Looking for a solution that provides you with a home automation system with built in remote access? Look no further than a Savant system. Simple download the Savant Pro application on your smart device and it is easy to control your whole home from where ever in the world you may be. Want to turn up your thermostat before you arrive home after a long day at work? Forgot if you closed the garage on your way out? With remote access these daily hassles become a breeze to manage. We believe that Savant is a wonderful system that allows you and your family the freedom to experience total home control, even while you’re away. Feel Refreshed With Circadian Rhythm Lighting Spending a lot of time indoors can make you feel sluggish and unfocused because you’re cutting yourself off from the wellness benefits of natural sunlight. Thanks to millennia of matching our behavior to...