Integrated smart devices and home security systems are no longer reserved just for the super rich. In the past, the cost of security measures like alarms, cameras, smoke detectors and the like prohibited the average homeowner from being able to afford these things because they had to be installed by an expert.

The good news is that with the advent of smartphones and wireless technology, all that is a thing of the past.

Now it's within the average person's reach to build a home which is smarter and safer without having to pay through the nose or go into debt. In this article, I have compiled 5 affordable ways to make your home smarter and safer.

1. The First and Most Important Security Measure of Any Home is The Lock.

For as long as we've had doors, we've had keys, but in today's world keys are not an effective security measure. Burglars have grown more and more adept at picking locks, and keys can be lost, which leads to a lot of inconvenience and stress.

In addition to that, you never know who's using a key to open your door when you're not at home. This is where smart locks come in.

Good Smart locks aren't priced much higher than a sturdy standard key lock but they offer a lot more benefits than keys do. They do so much more than just lock and unlock your door without a key.

These days companies are making locks that recognize when you are home, let you receive alerts when someone comes in, when they leave and if they locked the door!

You can grant limited access to your home to guests via an email with the access code - a sort of digital key. You can also remotely lock and unlock your door even when you away from home, and if you're handy with the screwdriver, you won't even need a locksmith to install your smart lock, in most cases.

2. See What Goes on in Your Home, Even When You're Away.

Home security cameras have become an option for a lot of people thanks to the advances of wireless technology and cloud services. They have become increasingly less complicated and easier to use. Home security cameras are reasonably priced and easy to install yourself.

The best part is that after purchasing them, they are free to use forever. There's no monthly fee to keep the camera running. Startup in home devices Home Security Cameras Australia is coming up with some pretty amazing designs on home security cameras, and features include push notifications to your phone, speakers, and sensors that detect motion, temperature, humidity and air quality.

3. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors.

If you're on vacation hundreds of miles away from home and there's a fire in your house, even if your traditional smoke and carbon monoxide detector senses the problem, everything you own could still be ruined by the time someone notices and calls for help. Not so with the new smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that are being made these days.

They will automatically alert the fire department if there is an emergency. You can check these from your smartphone. They have speakers that will alert you when there is a problem with the air quality level.

The smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are wireless and can be run with just the battery and a connection to Wifi. Some products even detect pollen, humidity and pollutants in the air.

4. Did I leave the stove on?

I know I've experienced that sinking feeling more than once. If you've ever had that panic moment when you realized that you may have left the stove on in your house, then this app is for you. Peace of mind has never been this affordable. Believe it or not, these days it's possible to control your stove from your smartphone.

This app helps to reduce house fires by using its gas, smoke and motion (or lack thereof) sensors to identify the presence of high levels of natural gas and smoke, or to recognize if you've left the stove on accidentally.

It then reacts by turning your stove off via a Bluetooth signal to the knob. Although smoke detectors work in pretty much the same way, they don't intervene when there is a situation, but this app will. This product is simple to install and use.

Just attach the units to your stove, and use them as your new knobs, or use the units with your old knobs via adapters which are supplied with the unit. You can then modulate the temperature of your stove remotely via the app. You also receive a real-time alert on your smartphone if danger is detected.

5. Garage Door Safety.

For those of you who live in homes with a garage, you know the paralyzing fear you've felt when you thought that you forgot to close the garage door. These days, there are affordable ways to connect your garage door opener to your WiFi system via an app that tells you whether your garage door is open or not.

There is also the added convenience of being able to close it remotely, if necessary. You don't have to install a new garage door because most homes already have compatible garage door openers. The product will integrate with the garage door in just minutes, and you're ready to go.

In Conclusion

A lot of people are reluctant to invest in home security because they think that it costs an arm and a leg. That is no longer the case. The internet of things is making smarter, safer homes possible for millions of people all around the globe.

Most security measures these days are budget-friendly, and installing them is a breeze - you don't need to have an engineering or computer programming degree to be able to do it. Most of these systems are wireless, which means that installing, moving, or upgrading your system can be done easily and at any time, which is great news for renters who don't want to make any major modifications to where they stay.

I hope you enjoyed this article, and that you will make use of these 5 affordable ways to make your home smarter and safer.

Published by scott jack