Home Automation vs. Home Security: What’s the Difference?


Are home automation and home security the same thing? That’s a question we hear at Titan Alarm, Inc. a lot these days. Home automation and home security are terms that are often used in the same sentence, although they represent two different — but often related — concepts. Both home automation and home security have a significant impact on the lifestyle of the 21st-century homeowner.

What Is Home Security?

Home security refers to the various devices and systems we use to protect our properties from intruders and provide an early warning in the event of hazards such as fire, smoke and carbon monoxide. A fully integrated home security system can include video surveillance cameras, motion detectors, fire alarms, smoke detectors and advanced door and window locks.

The best home security systems feature professional off-site monitoring to spot the first sign of trouble on a 24/7/365 basis.

What Is Home Automation?

Home automation traces its roots to the mid-1980s with the development of electronic systems that could automate the operation of certain home features such as lights, audio/visual equipment and household appliances, as well as various home security devices such as locks and alarms.

However, these early home automation systems failed to gain widespread acceptance due to their high cost, unreliable performance and difficulty of installation.

The Advent of the Internet Leads to Advancements in Home Automation Technology

The dawn of the Internet Age in the 1990s ultimately led to the development and implementation of more efficient home automation technologies. Most significantly, the Web facilitated the use of wireless connectivity that made the installation of home automation systems easier — and much simpler for the homeowner to operate and maintain. Continued advancements in home automation technology have also made it more affordable for a larger number of property owners.

The Relationship Between Home Security and Home Automation Today

If you’re in the market for a home security solution today, the best providers offer the option to purchase systems with home automation technology referred to as “smart” technology. You’ll be able to operate your security system and other connected devices with your smartphone, tablet or Internet-enabled computer no matter where you are.

This introduces a whole new world of home security management possibilities. For example, you’ll be able to view live or recorded cameras feeds, trigger or respond to alarms or lock and unlock your doors even if you’re hundreds of miles away. You’ll experience greater peace of mind of knowing you’re always in total control of your home’s safety and security.

Contact Titan Alarm to Learn More About Home Automation and Home Security

If you own a home in the Phoenix, AZ area, the experts at Titan Alarm can help you understand the difference between home automation and home security. We can also design and install a state-of-the-art security system featuring home automation that will keep your property and family safe — and make your life so much easier. Contact us to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation today.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.