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Best Home Security Cameras (2021)

Homeowners have more options for home security cameras than ever before, complete with a laundry list of basic and advanced features. We break down the best home security camera systems available and go over some key factors to consider when making your decision.

The 5 Best Electronic Deadbolts

The This Old House Reviews team evaluated the best electronic deadbolts on the market to help you make a smart purchase. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

9 Best Home Security Systems of 2021

Investing in a home security system can improve home safety and help protect your home from break-ins and theft. Keep reading to learn about the best home security systems and find a solution that’s right for you.

Best Nanny Cams of 2021

Nanny cams, also known as indoor security cameras with motion detection, can help keep your home safe while also allowing you to check in on kids and pets. We’ve reviewed the best nanny cams of 2021 to help you choose the right camera for your home.

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Understanding the Dangers of Thirdhand Smoke

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey and painter Mauro Henrique discuss how to remove a cigarette smell from a home and why it is important to do so.

Best Driveway Alarms Review (2021)

Protecting your home starts the minute someone enters your property, and for many that’s via the driveway. Whether you want additional security measures to protect your garage and home or just want the peace of mind that you won’t be caught off-guard by an unexpected visitor or package delivery, a driveway alarm could be a good investment. Keep reading for the best driveway alarms and tips for choosing the best alarm for your home.

Ring Security System Review

In this Ring Security System Review, our Reviews Team installed and tested Ring’s alarm system. Read on to find out how it performed during our tests.


How to Safeguard Your House from Wildfires

Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor learns about ways to make a home more resistant to wildfires.

Whole-House Battery Backup

Their numbers are still small, but home battery backup systems may be the wave of the future.

Best Glass Break Sensors (2021)

Glass break sensors provide an additional layer of home security to any alarm system. Here are our picks for the best glass break sensors available to homeowners.

Vivint Smart Home Review (2021)

In this Vivint review, we break down the company’s home security equipment and monthly monitoring plans. Keep reading to see if it’s the right security system for you.

Hurricane Proof House: What You Need to Protect

Easy, affordable things you can do to protect your home and property from storm damage.

The 5 Best First Aid Kits

This review offers a first-hand evaluation of the quality and effectiveness of the five best first aid kits offered on Amazon that are available to you and your family. In addition to online retailers like Amazon, the products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores and local home centers.

3 Things to Do Before a Storm

Do these simple tasks before severe weather hits to help minimize or even prevent costly damage to your home

Things to Do Before You Leave for Vacation

Avoid mere inconveniences—as well as potential catastrophes—by taking care of some not-so-obvious to-do list items

Creating a Comfortable Home as You Age

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How to Create a Drainage Swale

The plant-populated channels can redirect storm water to specific locations

Upgrade to a Smart Smoke Detector

Standard-issue detectors have saved countless lives, but those battery-powered sentries can drive you crazy with false alarms and middle-of-the-night chirps ("Help! my battery needs changing . . . now!"). Some new smartphone-connected smoke and carbon monoxide detectors offer fixes for that—and more. Here’s a sampling.

Really Smart Homes

There are a lot of choices these days in the way of connected devices for a safer, more secure, and more convenient home. Maybe too many. To help you figure it out, here are 5 starter kits tailored to 5 very different types of homes and homeowners

How to Hack-Proof Your Smart Home

A senior security researcher at the risk management firm Tripwire gives his tips for protecting your router and Wi-Fi devices

14 Fast Fall Fixes

Service smoke alarms, drain the water heater, fertilize the lawn, drain and store hoses, PLUS other things you've got to get done before cold weather kicks in for good.

Holiday Home Security Dos and Don'ts

Your empty house is an easy target for burglars. Deter them with these tactical tips

Top 10 Disasters That Can Hit Your House While You're on Vacation

An empty house is a vulnerable house. Learn how to keep your home safe and sound when you take off for your holiday

72 Easy Upgrades for a Healthier Home

Our room-by-room guide will have you breathing easier in no time

Dealing with Household Disasters

Floods happen. So do collapsed ceilings, trapped critters, and smoke-belching fireplaces. But with our homeowner survival tips, you'll know just what to do when trouble strikes

5 Ways to Make Your Home Safer

Buying safety equipment, like smoke detectors, is fine, but you need to use and test the devices. Here's how to start.

Closing Your Vacation Home for the Season

It was a blast relaxing in your home away from home but now it's time to winterize it. Here are the steps you need to take.

Fire Extinguishers

How effective are they? Which should you buy? Here's what every homeowner needs to know.

All About Locks

Locksets are the first line of defense in home security. Matching the lock to the task is the key

How to Escape a Fire

To keep your family safe in case of fire, follow these safety tips for escaping a fire.

Burglarproof Locks

Even a door equipped with a high-quality lockset is an easy target.