If you live in Murrieta, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, or Temecula, the chances are that your children returned to in-person classes with the return to school this past month. With students heading back to school and extracurricular activities, there’s a lot of new routines and schedules for families to adjust to. Additionally, many parents are beginning to return to the workplace after working from home for the past 18 months. Staying connected to what’s happening at home while parents are at work isn’t always easy. This year, more than any other start of the school year, we are finding that our home alarm clients want to receive notifications from the door lock and video clips to see who is home.
Not only can your home alarm system protect your property and secure your valuables while your family is not at home, but it can also help you stay connected with what is happening at home with the kids while they’re home and you’re away. Here’s three ways:
1. See when your kids arrive home with your home alarm system.
With a professionally installed home alarm system such as the ProSeries security system from Resideo and the Skybell video doorbell, you can stay in the know and watch as the kids come home. With the Total Connect App installed on your smartphone, you can receive notifications, view video clips, and talk to your kids through your security cameras. The ProSeries home alarm system makes it easy to confirm that your kids have made it home and don’t have any neighborhood kids in the house while you are still at work.
2. Don’t heat or cool an empty house, add smart thermostats to your home alarm system.
In August and September, when the kids head back to school, it’s often at the hottest part of the year in Murrieta and Temecula. Conserve energy when your family is away from the house with a Smart Thermostat connected to your home alarm system. Additionally, you can keep it comfortable when you are home by using geofencing or setting a heating and cooling schedule in the Total Connect App.
Here’s a tip you will love: if your kids are prepping for a big test or writing a paper, set your smart thermostat to 77 degrees Fahrenheit while they’re working on studying. Why? Because, according to a Cornell study, warmer workers perform better, and 77 degrees Fahrenheit is the temperature that results in fewer mistakes as compared to setting the thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. In today’s competitive school environment every little edge helps!
3. Automate lights and integrate smart locks with your home alarm system.
New schedules and changing seasons can leave you in the dark. With a connected home alarm system using smart home technology, you can have the ability to remotely adjust the lights or program certain lights to turn on at specific times and even to automatically adjust for changes in sunset. Make sure the kids have plenty of light on to do their homework and never come home to a dark house again after a long commute home to Murrieta or Temecula. Also, consider upgrading your front door lock to a smart lock. You won’t have to worry about your kids losing their house key and being locked out of the house. Instead of carrying a key to school, they enter a unique code on the door pad to open it. Each family member can have their own unique code – so you can keep an eye on who is coming and going from your house, and you can receive an immediate notification on your smartphone letting you know when the door has been unlocked.
The Temecula Valley is a great place to live and raise your family. We have safe communities in which to reside with Murrieta, having recently ranked #6 safest midsize city in America. And our students have access to great schools. According to Public School Review, the school districts serving Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, and Temecula have one of the highest concentrations of top-ranked public schools in California.