Just as it’s true that there is no “one size fits all” approach to home security, there is also no “one size fits all” approach that works to 100% perfection all year long. When the weather (finally!) starts getting warmer outside, you’re looking at a very different situation from the one you’re in during those chilly winter months of the year. In fact, the spring brings with it its own unique sets of challenges and as a proactive, security-driven homeowner, it is up to you to make sure that you’re doing whatever you can to keep everyone safe and sound at all times.
There are a few key spring home security best practices in particular that you’re definitely going to want to know more about…
Seasonal Lighting Considerations
One of the most important spring home security best practices for you to follow involves always keeping the changing lighting conditions in mind. If you’re the type of person who gets home around 6:00 PM every night, chances are it is still dark. Flash forward just a few months, however, and you’re likely going to be returning home in broad daylight. Never forget to make the necessary adjustments for any perimeter lighting or other lighting-based security solution you have to help guarantee they’re coming on at the right times given the current time of year.
To that end you could also install motion detection lights to accomplish largely the same thing without having to think about it. If you’ve got cameras on the outside of your home, get into the habit of checking the feed on your smartphone or tablet before you leave for work in the morning in the spring (when it’s likely to still be dark) instead of while you’re on your nightly commute like you do in the winter. As the old saying goes, “you’re better safe than sorry.”
Home Usage Changes for the Spring
Another one of the major factors that you have to consider in terms of spring home security is how your use of your home changes with the seasons. Certain areas that are absolutely not vulnerabilities during the winter may become them as soon as spring rolls around and it is up to you to make adjustments to your normal patterns accordingly.
For example – you’re probably going to be opening ground floor windows during the spring to let a little fresh air inside far more often than you would during the winter, if you even did so at all. If you open these windows and simply forget about them (because you’re not used to thinking about them being opened), it would naturally take you longer to figure out that “something isn’t quite right” – which is problematic if that means you’ve suddenly got an exposed first floor window to worry about. Always consider how your use of your home changes with the spring weather and think about any gaps in your protection that may now exist. Then, make sure you’re partnering with the right home security provider to help close these gaps before they have the potential to become huge problems down the road.
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