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DIY Home Security Review 2016

August 8, 2016

When installing a new decorative glass door in a home, one of the questions we are commonly asked is about security. With that in mind, we wanted to take a moment to review some of the new technology on the market for the DIY enthusiasts.

Remote home monitoring systems have become the new hot item at electronics stores across the country. There are many systems and options to choose from and finding the right one to fit your needs is critical. In addition, many of these systems do not work well with one-another, so if you’re buying multiple devices this is important to consider. Be sure to do your homework by reading online reviews and testimonials about the products. This especially applies to “all-in-one” kits that feature several sensors, internet connectivity and more.

A popular gadget is the August Smart Lock. This app-enabled device allows you to lock and unlock your door via your smart phone. The newest generation integrates with Siri so you can use audio commands like “Siri, unlock the front door.” When combined with AppleTV, the Smart Lock can be used remotely via a Wi-Fi bridge.

Besides the full kits, there are also stand-alone devices that can enhance your home’s security. Take for instance the Kuna light fixture, which incorporates a streaming security camera into an elegant outdoor light. Scheduled lighting controls, motion-activated sensors, and two-way audio make this a great device when you’re away from home.

Last, but certainly not least, is the ever-popular front door camera. These systems integrate a streaming video camera into your doorbell, which allows you to see who is at your door without opening it or peeking through the window. These cameras are also accessible remotely so you can communicate with visitors while away. This is especially handy for home deliveries when you’re not there.

At Dream Doors we focus on quality and beauty. While all of the systems mentioned here may be great additions to your home, do your best to put aesthetics first. The last thing we’d want you to do is detract from the beauty of your new front door with an overly bulky home security device.