Vacation Worry-Free with Home TechJuly 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.
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.
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.
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.
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