We've all had those moments: we're on our way to work or even on vacation and wondered if we locked the back door or forgot to turn off the lights. Home security systems are getting more sophisticated, and can now help give some extra peace of mind. New alarm systems not only help people keep tabs on any unusual activity at their home, but they are making everyday living more convenient. "We've also built in the home automation capabilities where
now you can control your lights, control your thermostat, you can control video cameras, and view video cameras and all of those devices work together seamlessly," said Xfinity Home Vice President Dennis Mathew. Comcast began rolling out its wireless Xfinity Home system in 2012 and now is available in Comcast served area across the country. Ray Child has the system in his home, and said it helps him keep tabs on everything via his PC, tablet and smartphone. "I can't tell you how many times whether it's a trip across town or across the country where I've had that 'ah ha' moment where I didn't turn on my security system," Mathew said. "I can be driving down the road and say, 'I really want those lights on,' so I can remotely turn on the lights. "This particular system also will control your home heating and cooling
system. The "Eco Saver" feature will track your heating and cooling habits, and over time, automatically make adjustments to make the system run more efficiently and plot out the data month by month. "It's going to understand your heating and cooling preferences, plus the footprint of your home," Mathew said.