How Smart Is Your House?
How many times have you left your home and had to turn around and go back to ensure you locked the door or shut off the iron. Maybe you were on your way to a meeting or appointment or heading off on vacation and were prevented from going back home to check. Imagine being able to use your smartphone like a universal remote control for your home? Thanks to Verizon products and services, that concept is now a reality.
You have total control of what’s going on at your connected home from anywhere using an array of products like indoor/outdoor cameras, lights, thermostats and appliances from your smartphone, computer, tablet or FiOS TV.
This new service can provide piece of mind in many areas including safety and budget. You can monitor the inside and outside of your home as well as detect when windows or doors are opened. It can help save money as you are better able to oversee your energy usage, turn on/off lights and heat from home, work or even vacation.
Here are a few scenarios that will give you some insight into just a few ways these products can simplify your life.
Remote Door Entry
Let your kids in the house when they forget their key or let a contractor in without having to leave a key behind, all from the convenience of your desk at work.
You are working from your home office and you get a visit from a friend, you can look at the outdoor camera and unlock the door without leaving your chair.
You are alerted that your front door has been opened in the middle of the day, you can consult the outdoor camera and see who entered.
Turn lamps off from work, that your kids left on.
You can shut the curling iron off from work that you may have forgotten to unplug.
You go to the gym and realize it's gotten very hot, you can turn on the air conditioner prior to getting home.
You arrive home at night and nobody is home, the house is dark. You can turn a few lights on prior to entering.
You've been on vacation and you turned the heat down to save energy. You forgot to ask the neighbor to turn the heat up for your return. You turn it up from your phone at the airport.
Your electric bill has increased. Monitor how much electricity your appliances are using with the Energy Reader.
You come in the house with your hands full of groceries in the dark, the door sensor from the garage automatically turns on a lamp in the hallway.
You get an alert that a window sensor is triggered, you check the indoor camera to see who opened the window.
You go out for the evening and leave the kids with a sitter, you want to check in and make sure they are doing their homework.
Verizon offers a fully integrated and affordable solution at $9.99/mo. after the equipment purchase. Best of all, this innovative service is built on Verizon’s reliable wireless networks. Home Monitoring and Control Services are available in three levels:
- The Entry-Level (home monitoring: remote door entry and video surveillance)
- Home Energy monitoring (thermostats, wireless (WiFi) light and appliance controllers, and even a circuit-box mounted sensor that monitors whole-home energy usage.
- Home Monitoring Surveillance and Energy Usage Monitoring
There are many other products available that you can add on like baby monitors and motion detectors. Whether Verizon or another brand, they are all a testament to how your smartphone or wireless device can enhance your life.