8 Home Tech Devices for a Safer Home

By: Kealia Reynolds
Photo by Bernard Hermant

Say goodbye to the days of wondering whether you’re house is protected enough against intruders, natural disasters, and other home accidents. Here are eight home tech devices that will provide a safer home environment for you and your family.

1. August Smart Lock Pro

Losing your home key will be a thing of the past with the August Smart Lock Pro. The latest version of this keyless entry system allows you to lock and unlock doors remotely and track who’s entering and leaving the home through a smartphone app. You can easily provide family members and guests with a secure access code that only they can use to enter your home. Doors will automatically lock as you leave and unlock when you arrive. The device also features a voice assistant that integrates with Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon’s Alexa.

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2. BeON light bulbs

Each BeON bulb includes a battery backup that will keep the lights on for up to five hours in the event of a blackout or power failure. These Bluetooth-enabled bulbs contain a software that learns your patterns and knows when to turn lights on and off. The bulbs also have a timed sequence that can turn lights on when the doorbell rings or when a smoke alarm goes off.

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3. Canary All-in-One

This baseline Canary product is a complete home security system housed within a single device. It includes wide-angle camera lenses with the ability to film HD video, night vision capability, and the ability to monitor home temperature, humidity, and overall air quality. No installation is required—just set the Canary on a flat surface, connect to the internet, and you’re good to go.

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4. D-Link WiFi water sensor

The D-Link WiFi water sensor alerts homeowners to any leaks in the home before flood damage becomes severe. It features a built-in siren that informs of leaks while you’re at home and sends emergency notifications to your smartphone while you’re away.

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5. Nest Smoke + CO alarm

This Nest alarm initially alerts you to smoke or carbon dioxide by flashing a yellow light and sounding an audio alert of a recorded human voice. Nest will sound a louder alarm if the situation gets worse. And if that doesn’t make you feel safe, Nest also self-tests its internal component every 200 seconds to ensure the device is always working well.

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6. Lutron Serena remote-controlled shades

This line of shades can be controlled from anywhere in the world via an app on your smartphone or tablet. With the app, you can schedule shades to open and close even if you’re not at home (this function makes it seem like you’re at home, even if you’re away, and protects against possible intruders). The shades are available in insulating honeycomb and roller styles.

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7. LiveWatch Plug & Protect

This professional-grade security system gives your home two layers of protection with door sensors and strategically placed indoor motion sensors. A LiveWatch professional will pre-configure your system for you before sending it to your home. Once you receive the system, all you have to do is plug it in and activate it with your smartphone.

Probably one of the best features of this product is that is has an alert system, ASAPer, that sends you mobile alerts seconds after an alarm is triggered. You can turn off the alarm from your smartphone or computer. If you’re unavailable to address the alarms, LiveWatch will dispatch police to your home.

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8. Nest Cam IQ indoor camera

Providing maximum security inside your home, the Nest Cam IQ indoor camera has Supersight imaging and can distinguish a person from an object, even recognizing faces with Nest Aware. It also allows you to view snapshots taken from three hours of footage. One of the best highlights? A powerful speaker built into the back of the camera that has a loud alarm to scare off intruders.

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