Keep tabs on what’s hap­pen­ing in your home

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Ig­no­rance is not al­ways bliss, as par­ents, pet own­ers and home­own­ers know all too well.

Whether you’re away on va­ca­tion and un­sure if you left the lights on, at work and wor­ried about the kids, or even sit­ting on your couch won­der­ing what mis­chief the dog is up to in the yard, know­ing what’s go­ing on in­side your en­tire home is cru­cial for peace of mind.

In­stead of wor­ry­ing, be proac­tive. Sev­eral strate­gies, new and old, can help put your mind at ease.

You can also rely on your kids for regular sta­tus re­ports (if they’re old enough). Have them call you when they get home safely and con­sider giv­ing them some re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, such as mak­ing sure the house is in or­der and your pets are safe and sound.

In­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies are pro­vid­ing con­sumers with new ways to keep an eye on their homes. Such prod­ucts have evolved and are now eas­ier to use and more af­ford­able for the av­er­age fam­ily.

In­deed, brands like Pana­sonic are lead­ing the charge. Their new Home Mon­i­tor­ing Sys­tem of­fers four dis­tinct kits, each of which bun­dles dif­fer­ent sur­veil­lance prod­ucts to­gether.

Depend­ing on your bud­get and re­quired level of mon­i­tor­ing, you can out­fit your home with tools like mo­tion sen­sors, out­door cam­eras and in­door cam­eras to mon­i­tor your baby or pet.

Keep­ing tabs on your home from near or far is easy, as the footage can be viewed on your com­puter mon­i­tor, smart­phone or tablet.

In ad­di­tion to sur­veil­lance, Pana­sonic’s tech­nol­ogy may prove par­tic­u­larly ad­van­ta­geous to those away from home, as it al­lows for re­mote con­trol of home fea­tures like light­ing and other ap­pli­ances.

“Mon­i­tor­ing de­vices can pro­vide peace of mind and min­i­mize those lin­ger­ing anx­i­eties about be­ing away from home,” says Lisa Knierim at Pana­sonic.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at Pana­

Even when you’re home to keep track of things, it’s tough to han­dle ev­ery­thing on your own. In cer­tain cases, you may want to use pro­fes­sion­als to help keep ev­ery­thing hum­ming along.

If doors jam and fail to latch or you no­tice cracks in your walls or floors, you may want to call a struc­tural en­gi­neer to as­sess the strength of your foun­da­tion. Weeds en­croach­ing on your prized tomato patch? Hire a gar­dener to fight off in­trud­ers or in­va­sive species.

A pro­fes­sional heat­ing and cool­ing ser­vice can as­sess the con­di­tion of your air con­di­tion­ing and heat­ing sys­tems, in­clud­ing in­side vents and ducts where you can’t see.

The health of your home is im­por­tant, and some­times it’s bet­ter to go with the hired hand.

From trust­wor­thy friends and cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy to knowl­edge­able pro­fes­sion­als, the tools at your dis­posal can keep your fin­ger on the pulse of your home.

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