How to use Technology to Keep your Home Safe and Secure this Summer

I am a member of the U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade, and this is a sponsored post.  As always, all opinions are my own.  
As we move into the warmer months most families seem to be thinking about summer vacation – I know that I am!  And with summer vacation the opportunity to travel arises.  Yesterday I mentioned how we are going to be slowing down a bit this summer, but that does not mean that we won’t be traveling a bit as well.  Having a way to know my house is safe and secure, and the ability to use apps on my iPhone to monitor everything while away is an amazing use of technology.

*According to the FBI, a home burglary occurs on average every 20 seconds in the US.  There is an increase in summer months due to more frequent travel with kids out of school.

That statistic was a little eye-opening to me!  But, fortunately, the latest connected home devices are able to provide us all with a little extra comfort when we are away.  Utilizing U.S. Cellular’s fast, high quality network allows you to easily monitor and manage a variety of functions at your home through remote access on your iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8 device.

**Almost one third of smartphone owners recently surveyed by U.S. Cellular said they use their device to control their home security system, lighting, or other smart home technology at least once a day.  Almost half note they use that technology at least once a month or more.

How to use Technology to Keep your Home Safe and Secure this Summer

What are the best tech devices to use?

Nest Cam Indoor – With this device vacationers never have to worry about what is going on at home again allowing you to look after the house 24/7.  You are able to see live video and a 160-degree wide angle view, all from your smartphone.  It will also provide phone alerts if motion or sound are detected, so the homeowner will know immediately if something is wrong.

Nest Protect – This is a handy little smoke and carbon-monoxide alarm.  It will send you instant phone alerts if smoke or carbon-monoxide is detected, but will also let you know when the battery is running low or if there is a sensor failure.

Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener – A great option for those of us who get far away from our home just to try and remember if we shut the garage door or not.  It will send an alert to your phone if you have left your garage door open while away, and you can also use your Galaxy S7 or other tablet to remotely close it.

Incipio Commandkit™ Wireless Smart Lightbulb Adapter with Dimming – While a bit of a mouthful for a name, it is a pretty straight forward product.  It allows you to turn lights off if you forgot to, and you no longer have to toggle between a bunch of timer switches at home to make sure the lights turn on at specific times.           You can use the app to turn on specific lights with integrated Siri voice commands. 

Ring™ Video Doorbell – A handy device that allows you to respond to someone at the door, even if you aren’t at the house at the time.  You can see, hear, and speak to anyone at your door and always know when a package arrives.

Are you planning any fun trips for this summer?  Do you use smart home technology to give you peace of mind while you are away?

*FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2015 reports 1.58 million burglaries for the year, for an average of one
every 20 seconds.

**Between Nov. 10-17, 2016, a total of 701 online interviews were conducted among a nationally

representative sample by Consumer Insights, in partnership with Maritz CX.

22 comments:

  1. We have a house alarm, but sometimes I worry that it's not enough. I want to get some cameras in here that I can view from my phone when we are away!

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  2. I have friends who have also put cameras in their homes especially to watch their maids etc. I think its also good to be paranoid about safety.

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  3. I'm a huge fan of safety, especially in the home! I have an alarm system and cameras outside my home, but I don't have them inside. I'd always be worried that someone hacked the system and is watching me in my home!

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  4. I love that there are so many options for people looking to protect their homes remotely! It's such a major concern especially when traveling, so it's a great relief to be able to check in from the road and make sure that all is well.

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  5. I love how all the new security features are so tech savvy that you can use your phone to check on things. It is a little bit of a comfort to be able to check on things like your security camera footage when you are away from home.

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  6. Those remote gadgets are really a great way to protect and observe your home when you are away. I need to update my security system.

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  7. Why are there so many options? its really cool. it's something to look into when I update my home.

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  8. Wow I had no idea technology like this existed! Awesome to know how simple it is to use too!

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  9. This definitely sounds like a good option for people who are going on a long vacation and leaving their home for a while. I think it's definitely going to give any homeowner a peace of mind.

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  10. I love how high tech all the home security systems have gotten! It is important to stay safe!

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  11. Wow those stats are scary. I have been tempted to fit a camera in my flat before x

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  12. Oh wow! This is really eye-opening! It's interesting that people ca connect their phones to keep an eye on their home while they're away.

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  13. Its so crazy that you posted about this, because I was just talking about these in-home video camera devices with a friend. I am totally getting one in the next week and think we all should for that extra protection.

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  14. I have a Nest camera I use at my front door, but I haven't ventured beyond that. I'm a little concerned about making everything in my house wirelessly connected because I've heard the security on some of the smart home tools aren't as secure as they should be.

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  15. Technology is amazing and there is so many awesome apps out there. We currently aren't using any smart home tools but I'd love to explore it!

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  16. We have a home alarm, but I sometimes wish we have cameras installed outside to check when we're away. Our family travels all the time so we could use some of these apps you mentioned. Thanks for the ideas!

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  17. I have been wanting a nest cam! It is so scary thinking that someone could break in any second!

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  18. I love the idea of being able to use my smartphone to make sure our home is more secure. It's amazing what technology can do these days.

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  20. These sound like great products! We need to start utilizing some of them at our house. It's so impressive what they can do.

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