5 Smart Devices for Protecting Your Home

By Scott McDonnell
In Home Loans

If there is one lifestyle trend that has persisted over the last 5 years it’s Australia’s love of smart home. Last year it was reported that over half of Australian households have some form of smart technology implemented, marking an annual growth rate of over 8%. (We were onto the trend way back in 2022! Just saying).

While smart home technology serves many purposes – from mood setting to elevating the entertaining experience to making your morning routine easier, smart home security systems are arguably the most valuable and important smart home investment you can make. Investing in smart security measures for your home can provide peace of mind that your home, valuables and family are safe and secure. Here is just a taste of what’s available.

Note: these recommendations are not paid sponsorships and are instead shaped by our personal experiences and research.

  1. Smart doorbells

    The benefits of a camera doorbell cannot be overstated. From being able to identify unwelcome intruders, to having the ability to greet the delivery person at your front door and accept packages even when you’re 10 kilometers away, smart doorbells give you full view and control of your front entrance, whether you’re home or away.High-end doorbell cameras like the Google Nest Doorbell can clearly and reliably identify what it catches on camera throughout the day, from animals, to people to packages. There are some more affordable options out there too, such as the Ring Video Doorbell that also does a great job of bridging the distance between you and your front door.

  2. Smart cameras

    For home security both indoors and outdoors, cameras can be a massive asset. They are useful for making sure your pets and loved ones are safe while you’re at work or out at functions, and can also deter potential intruders. Google and Ring have developed versatile and affordable options, with built-in tracking and weather resistance, however a premium option is the range by Arlo. The cameras themselves aren’t exorbitant, however if you opt for a monthly or annual Arlo Secure Plan that provides updates, smart notifications and allows you to report any emergencies, activate warning sirens and call neighbours for assistance with the touch of a button, this adds to the overall cost of the product.

  3. Smart hubs

    Truthfully, there’s no “best” option when it comes to smart hubs, it just comes down to which smart products you want for your home. Smart hubs act as an automation control centre for your home. Smart hubs promote building a smart ecosystem for your home, so if you have Amazon-enabled security, an Amazon Echo could be your best friend for monitoring footage and programming responses. If you already have a Google Nest doorbell and camera, the simple option would be to invest in a Nest hub where you can fully control your home’s smart devices. Smart hubs also work well for other smart home uses, such as controlling the lighting, answering the doorbell or playing music.

  4. Smart locks

    If you’re sick of having to rifle through your pockets or bag searching for your keys every time you leave the house or arrive home, a smart lock might be just what you need.Smart locks have many of the same features as smart doorbells, such as a two-way audio call function and cameras, but they also include a key-free lock. These locks vary from the standard keypad combo to using your Phone’s RFID, to the very cool biometric lock that makes you feel like a secret agent as you press your thumb against the sensor to unlock your home.

    These locks are particularly handy for short-stay accommodation and business centres, as you can change access codes after each booking, tenant or business meeting, so that previous guests can no longer access the property. Smart locks also save you the hassle of having to carry, find and exchange keys.

    Considering versatility, installation costs and requirements for different doors, it’s difficult to suggest a single, standout smart lock, however the Aqara smart lock works with a bunch of different hubs and its standard code lock is reliable and easy to use. For Apple die-hards, a Level Lock uses Apple Home’s key system so you can use your iPhone or Apple Watch to unlock your front door.

  5. Smart smoke detectors
    Whilst we’re often focused on keeping our homes safe from outside threats, it’s equally as vital to be aware of hazards that can arise within the home as well, such as fire. Smart smoke detectors have a range of benefits, including being able to utilise the sound system in your home to alert you to potential threats. With many of these devices, you can simply dismiss any false alarms – say when you’ve burnt the toast – just by clicking your phone, which can make for a much less irritating experience. .Some smoke detectors like the Google Nest Protect include a carbon monoxide detector, which can be a potential lifesaver, as carbon monoxide has no odour or visible quality.

Making your home safer and smarter can be expensive, however, if it’s a priority for you, speak with one of our MoneyQuest finance specialists about your finance options. Whether a personal loan is the right solution, or perhaps using some of your home equity to fund your smart home purchases, our team can guide you through your options and help you navigate your path towards both personal and financial safety. Reach out to us today for guidance as smart as your home.

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