For many of us summer means ice creams, visits to the beach and long lazy days that feel like they’ll never end. But with all the going out that summer entails, how do you know your home is secure?
Thankfully, there’s all manner of smart home technology to help. Smart tech refers to connected technologies that can be controlled from your phone or by using your voice – things like light bulbs and thermostats that are connected to the internet. And because it’s all connected wirelessly over wi-fi, your broadband is at the heart of it all.
The main benefit is that you can control all these devices without physically interacting with them. That means you can dim the lights from the comfort of your couch, or check up on your home security camera while you’re at work.
It’s convenient, simple to use, and could well keep your home secure. Here’s our pick of the best.
Ring Video Doorbell 2
Wondering who's knocking on your door when you’re out? The Ring Video Doorbell 2 lets you find out. When someone presses the Ring doorbell, you’re given a video feed on your phone, tablet or PC so you can see exactly who’s there. It also opens two-way talk, so you can speak to them to pretend that you are in the house but unable to come to the door - often enough to deter any would-be burglars who have rung the bell to see if the house is empty.
Blink Indoor Home Security Camera
Thanks to the built-in motion sensor, this security camera will detect any movement inside your home and will automatically start recording as soon as it senses movement. You’ll be sent a notification, from which you can watch the video clip the cameras have recorded. Setting it up is a doddle – with no specialist installers required – and it runs on just two AA batteries.
YI Outdoor Security Camera
This camera records footage in 1080p high-definition, which is clear enough to pick out friend from foe. The universal ball mount delivers clarity in every direction, and it’s weatherproof to withstand the elements. Two-way audio lets you welcome guests, and there’s a deterrent alarm to ward off nogoodniks.
A dark home is a vulnerable home. But Philips Hue lets you control your home lights from your phone. So if you’re out at dinner, you can switch the lights on to make it look like you’re still at home. Those burglars will be none the wiser…
Keeping a home safe isn’t just about protecting it from burglars. It’s also about keeping it free from fires and smoke. That’s where the Nest Protect comes in. It can speak to tell you what the problem is, and if you’re out and about, it’ll send you a smartphone notification. With the ability to test itself 400 times a day to check it’s working, it’ll guarantee you peace of mind.