The season of love — the time of year when you show your care, admiration, and friendship for the people closest to you. Valentine’s Day is nearly here. While to a lot of people it’s just about romantic relationships, it doesn’t have to be. It’s also a great time to be thinking about all of the people you love and care about.

At Safe Home Safe, we believe in helping people stay connected to the things that matter most. That could be their families, homes, pets, and so on. The way we do that is by helping them create a safe, connected home. The result, a home that works for you and a closer, happier family.

5 Ways a Connected Home Can Bring Your Family Closer

Having a connected home means that all of your home devices work in sync with your lifestyle. Whether it’s your security alarm, lights, thermostat, or appliances, everything is connected to you for control on the go. But, it’s more than just turning things on and off from your phone. A connected home works for you. So, it can do things like send you a reminder when you forget to arm your system, adjust the thermostat for you when you’re away from home, and even automatically record your pets doing funny things throughout the day.

A connected home helps parents look after their kids, saving time and energy. It can also give teenagers the freedom and independence that they need. On top of that, it keeps your home and family safe — and when you feel safe, you feel loved.

In honor of the season of love, we’ve put together our top 5 ways that a connected home can bring your family closer together. We’ve also added some tips that will help you get more out of your connected home.

1. It’s Almost as Good as Being There

Whether you’re a new parent chasing around the terrible twos, or you have teenagers coming and going for the first time, life is busy. We can’t always be home when we feel like we need to be. For the times when you can’t, a connected home keeps you connected.

Check on the Babysitter

First time with a new babysitter? Indoor cameras help you feel confident when you’re on a date with your significant other so you can focus on rekindling the romance. Just check in from your phone to see what’s happening at home. Or, set up video notifications for certain rooms and get notified if they’re somewhere they shouldn’t be.

See Kids Coming Home from School

One of the most stressful things as a working parent is when your kids are coming home alone from school for the first time. You can tell your kids to send you a text message when they get home, but you’re always left in panic that one time they forget. Your alarm system will automatically send you a notification when they get home from school, keeping you connected so you can worry less while you’re working.

Capture All of the Social Media Worthy Moments

We always have our cameras ready to capture the moments that will become memories. The first steps, the first words, and all of the funny things that happen along the way. Indoor cameras with smart clips ensure that you never miss out on these memories. Download and save your favorite clips to share with friends and family members.

2. You Can Stop Sweating the Small Stuff, Like if You Forgot to Lock the Door

We’ve all done it, left the door unlocked. Usually nothing happens, and it’s as simple as walking in freely when you get home from work. But that doesn’t mean you don’t think about what could be happening at your house the whole time you’re away. It’s unnecessary stress. Stop sweating the small stuff.

Connected Locks

Connected locks are probably the coolest thing to happen to homes, ever. Not only do they make it simple for families because you don’t need a key to lock or unlock the door. But, you can control them right from your phone no matter where you are. Plus, if you ever forget to lock the door, they can actually lock themselves when you leave.

Control Appliances and Lights

You can also control any appliances that are connected to your system from your phone. All you have to do is plug them into the smart plug, and you can turn them on or off when you’re away. This is great for people who sometimes forget to turn off the hair straightener or curling iron.

3. You Can Check on Pets Throughout the Day — They’re Family Too!

If you have pets, you know that they are members of the family too. So, when you’re gone throughout the day, it’s nice to be able to see what they’re doing while you’re away. You can check to make sure that they aren’t getting into too much mischief or tearing up your furniture.

Talk to Pets When You’re Away

With Arlo Cameras, you can talk to your pets too! With two-way audio, you can talk to pets and hear what’s going on at the same time. Tell them to get off the sofa, get out of the trash, or just give them a little bit of love.

4. It Helps Make Home Feel Like Home

Home feels like home when it’s safe and secure. Your security system not only keeps you connected to home, but it keeps you connected to help. That means that whether you’re home or not, someone will always be there to answer your emergency. Your home is connected with police, fire, and medical services.

When the door is locked and the system is armed, your family will feel safe and confident. As parents, you are always the protector of your home. Safe Home Safe just lends a hand.

5. It’s the Valentine’s Day Gift That Keeps on Giving

Roses die, chocolates go bad, but a safe, connected home lasts forever. Once your connected home is set up, it’s there for good. That means you and everyone in your family will be able to take advantage of the benefits of this gift for years to come.

Plus for the times when you need a little romance, it can help you set the mood.

It Can Help You Set the Mood

With an Amazon Alexa Device and an Safe Home Safe connected home, you can set create your own custom Amazon Alexa commands that make your home do really cool things. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, it can even help you set the mood.

Learn how to set the mood on Valentine’s Day with an Alexa Routine.

Wrapping Up

It’s the season of love, the time of year when you show your care, love, and appreciation for the people closest to you. Valentine’s day isn’t just about romance, it’s about being close to the people you care about. A connected home combines your cameras, locks, lights, and security to make your home work for you. This brings your family closer together by making it easier for parents to look after their kids, while saving you time and energy. Connected home, connected family.

Want to learn more about how you can create a safe, connected home? Explore our options for keeping your home safe and connected here.

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