Smart products and devices to help secure homes have skyrocketed in popularity in the last couple of years. Being able to monitor and control several aspects of the home through a phone, tablet or laptop is something that many people want and need. It doesn’t hurt that these products are easy to install, simple to use and add tons of convenience for homeowners.  Take a look at these 20 ways on how to create a smarter, safer home.

1. Unlock Your Home Through Bluetooth on Your Phone

Get rid of those spare keys that are hidden in a flower pot. If you’ve got a Bluetooth 4.0 smartphone that’s either compatible with iOS or Android 4.3, then you can create and share keys with anyone you want. You’ll get notifications on your phone when your door is locked and unlocked.

2. Check Who’s Knocking Through an Electronic Peephole

Take a clear look at who’s knocking on your door without having them know you’re around. You can view in the regular mode or take a closer look by zooming in. See who your visitor is on a bright and clear LCD screen, even in low light.

3. Quit Guessing Who’s Around with a Presence Detector

No need to wonder if someone has entered or left your home. You’ll receive a text message or push notification on your phone when someone is within a designated area of your house. Are you expecting someone to be home at a certain time? This handy gadget can let you know if that person hasn’t come home by an expected time.

4. Add Convenience with Automated Window Coverings

Remember when you had to actually get up to close window blinds or curtains when you needed to? With automated window coverings, you can tap a button to open or close your shades. Many of them can be controlled through a handheld remote controller or a wall switch.

5. Regulate the Temperature with a Smart Thermostat

Perhaps you’re particular about having the right temperature set in your house. With this device, you can connect via Wi-Fi to your thermostat to set a temperature from your phone or laptop. If you’re keen on saving energy, the thermostat also turns itself down when you’re out of the house.