The idea of decorating your home is significantly more fun than protecting it. But none of that fanciness matters if an emergency manifests itself and robs you of your place of solitude. The reality of the fact is that your home is your kingdom, your little slice of the world where you can truly be yourself. As such, you need to ensure that you take the necessary steps to protect it from all forms of threats, whether it may be acts of God, humans, or faulty mechanisms. Contrary to popular belief, however, protecting your home doesn’t mean that you’ll have to spend thousands of dollars. In this article, we’ll take a look at some simple yet effective ways to protect your home from several different kinds of threats.
1) Upgrade And Secure Your Doors
It may sound like common sense, but statistics indicate that as many as 34% of homeowners leave their door open. Some do it unintentionally, but some actually do it because they believed they could never get burglarized. As such, ensure that you secure and inspect your door for any defect that could be exploited by a burglar. Ideally, you will want to add a strike plate, install deadbolt locks and/or upgrade to smart locks which are significantly more difficult to break.
2) Reinforce Your Windows
Statistics indicate that windows and doors are the two most common entry points that burglars use. The reality of the fact is that manufacturers do not create latches on windows that are always effective. As such, it is up to you to ensure that you reinforce them. Some of the ways you can do this are to install glass break sensors, install a window security film, and install window bars.
3) Install A Security System
Unlike the early 2000s, security systems have become more affordable. Every home should have a security system installed. Regardless if its a basic DIY or professional monitoring system, it can help to provide peace of mind when you are away from your home regardless if it’s for a few hours or a few days.
4) Encrypt Wi-Fi Signal
Not only should you protect your valuables, but you also need to protect your personal financial information via Wi-Fi as well. As such, ensure that you secure your Wi-Fi by enabling WPA2 encryption as opposed to WPA or WED. Ideally, you’ll also want to set up a firewall as well to hide your home network.
5) Home Warranty
Not only should you strive to protect your home from disasters and burglaries, you need to protect your appliances as well. For instance, the cost to replace an HVAC system can literally cost you over $5000. Ovens and refrigerators can also cost you an arm and a leg to replace, and if you have mortgage payments that you have to take care of, this can literally cause you to miss payments or live uncomfortably as you save up to replace them. But by getting a TotalProtect Home Warranty that covers appliances, you can rest easy knowing that even if your dishwasher or range breaks down, you will have a way to replace it.
6) Security Cameras
A security camera not only captures the identity of burglars, they can help to deter them as well. However when shopping for an ideal camera, you should be on the lookout for features such as:
- Night vision
- Wi-Fi live stream
- DVR Recording which can be accessed at anytime
- Motion Detection
7) Build A Safe Room
A safe room can be best described as the most secure room in your home. A safe room can prove to be especially useful if a burglar breaks in and you have limited points of entry into your home that you are not able to access in time. A safe room can also benefit when there is dangerous weather. Ideally, you will want to choose your bedroom as the safe room as to which you could outfit with deadbolts, an anti-kick plate and reinforced doors and windows.
8) Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Many people have smoke alarms installed in their homes. However, many people never consider the possibility of a carbon monoxide leak or are aware of its devastating effects. Simply said, carbon monoxide leaks can occur if you leave the car running in your garage by accident, or from a faulty furnace. What’s so detrimental about these kinds of leaks is that they are odorless, invisible and deadly. So in addition to having a smoke alarm, ensure that you have carbon monoxide alarms, specifically in your garage, and an area where you have your furnace/HVAC system.