This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Iris by Lowe’s. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
It’s funny, isn’t it? This building a life thing. It really ramps up in your 20’s and 30’s. Sometimes you’re completely ready for it, or so you think. You plan ahead, you apply for things, you sign paperwork on dotted lines, and you make joint decisions.
When we bought our first house five years ago, after years of renting various places in New Jersey, San Francisco, and even Massachusetts, Scarlet was two-years-old and I was six weeks pregnant with Des. It took some time to get used to living in the woods and away from people, but we have embraced our gorgeous nature landscape and we enjoy working on the home. I write about outdoors projects, but recently we began an indoors project – a DIY smart home + security system.
There are a few reasons we made this decision. For one, we’ve been homeowners for five years now and needed better security. We are planning a full upstairs renovation during the next few months, and our chicken coop is still under construction. We have people coming and going quite a bit. Also, next year we will have two kids in elementary school! Summer is coming and will bring some key opportunities for travel. There are so many reasons to explore these avenues! So much of life is out of our control, but there’s power in being able to add protection and security to our home and family.
1 – Iris by Lowe’s. What is it? Iris is a simple, customizable smart home system by Lowe’s that can grow with your family. You can start with a single lightbulb or a complete home security system – simply add new devices to your network and sync them with the Iris Smart Hub. Maybe you’re about to remodel a house or move into a new home. Maybe you have experienced crime or a life event that has encouraged you to seek home security options. And maybe you’re planning for a baby or for summer travel. How do you protect what matters most? With customizable smart home devices alongside affordable home security.
Iris connects an entire range of Iris-compatible smart devices in your home through a single app. It delivers all the benefits of professional security monitoring with a home management system, but without the long-term contract that security systems require. Iris customers can now enroll in the professional monitoring plan. It’s $14.95 per month – and the best value among smart home security systems. With Lowe’s, you can expect great support and customer service – so it’s not surprising that Iris is designed for easy setup and use – with a single mobile app to manage all your home security needs.
We have the Smart Switch to connect directly to the Iris cloud using our home Wi-Fi. We downloaded the free Iris app to get started, and no hub was required. With the app, you can use your smartphone to schedule your lights to turn on and off. This helps you monitor and conserve energy while saving on electricity costs. You can control lights, appliances and electronics on your phone! And Iris works with Amazon Alexa. And this is why Iris by Lowe’s continues to help us sleep better at night!
2 – We have Athena! She isn’t so tough once you get to know her, but a barking dog can do wonders for security! In my old house, my childhood dog once barked and scared away a burglar who had broken into our car. Nothing was stolen!
3 – Be mindful of who has access to your home keys. Limit that access.
4 – Know your neighbors. We actually have quite a few, even though many of our other neighbors are bears, deer, and skunks. Good neighbors will keep an eye on each other’s houses. Our neighbors always tell us when they’re going on vacation.
5 – Look into strengthening your doors and reinforcing your home windows.
6 – Safeguard your hazardous home areas. This could be swimming pool, ponds and streams. This could be garages, sheds or construction areas.
7 – Protect your home from fire. Install a smoke detector and have a fire escape plan.