Vacation Worry-Free with Home Tech

July 18, 2019 / Home


It’s the season of vacations! Whether you’re spending the summer at the beach, a week at the lake, or a long weekend away, we hope you’re finding some time to relax. Yet being away from home can often leave you a little uneasy: “Did we turn the iron off? Did we lock the door? Is the AC still running?” We’ve all been there. And, if you own your getaway house, you also want to make sure it’s safe & sound when you go back home.  


Luckily, these days there are so many options for helping to maintain your home while you aren’t there. Aside from the standard security alarms, now there are various smart devices that give you remote control of your property to ensure everything is safe, secure, and efficient while you’re away. 


A Smart Camera

Most smart security cameras have the option to alert you of motion and allow you to view the camera feed in real-time (and some previous footage) using your mobile device. The different brands can vary in their offerings, but they all help you stay connected with your home. 


CNET: The best smart home security cameras of 2019


A Smart Thermostat

Not only can you set schedules (like any standard programmable thermostat) but you can also control these remotely, allowing you to adjust your system from another location. Some smart thermostats also ‘learn’ to become more efficient over time and connect with other devices for added capabilities.


TechHive: Best smart thermostat: Reviews and buying advice]


A Smart Smoke Detector

Wouldn’t you like to be notified if your fire alarm detects a problem while you’re away? There are a variety of smart detectors to choose from – some also offer carbon monoxide monitoring.


TechHive: Best smart smoke detector to keep your home safe


Smart Lights and Outlets

There are many different options available when it comes to controlling your lights and electronics, whether it’s a smart switch that connects to a smart bulb, or a smart outlet that connects to your lamps, irons, fans, coffee pot and other plug-in devices. You can turn these on and off using an app from your phone, making it easy to ensure nothing is left on accidentally during your time away. You can also turn different lights on to make it appear as if you’re home.


CNET: Best smart plugs for 2019

WireCutter: The Best In-Wall Smart Light Switch and Dimmer


Smart Locks & Doorbells

For added security while on vacation or just day-to-day, consider investing in a smart lock and smart doorbell. These also vary in their use and functionality, which is great considering we all have different preferences and needs. Other than the obvious goal of preventing intruders, these products, like the others on the list, provide peace-of-mind knowing that you can lock up your home remotely or see who’s at your door. They’re also great for letting someone into your home to take care of pets or plants while you’re gone!


SafeWise: 8 smart doorbells for your home

CNET: Best smart locks of 2019