You go on vacations. Smart homes don’t.
One thing we look forward to every year is our vacation. Read on to see why connecting to your home while you’re off in paradise can save you money, worries, and stress.
All you need to do when you leave the house is lock the doors, set the security alarm, and set the lights to come on at a certain time to deter any suspicious activity – all of which can be done with your home automation system from your phone or tablet. This can all be set up to activate with one command. Additionally, you can set individual lights to come on randomly throughout the evening to give the illusion that someone is home.
Left the pup at home? Providing the dog walker with a special code to your door lock will deliver you a notification of when they came in and out, assuring you that your beloved pet is being cared for.
Using connected flood sensors with your home automation system, you’ll be able to receive alerts when there is a potential flooding issue – whether the water tank burst or a pipe is leaking. In addition, you can also have a pre-determined setting so that if water is detected, the shut-off valve will automatically close, saving you and your home from further damage. When this happens, your system will send you a notification as well.
One of the best features of a smart home is the ability to control temperature from a distance. If you are leaving your pet behind, you can set a certain range for the air conditioning to come on, because no one wants Sparky to overheat. When the temperature falls to a certain degree, the air conditioning will turn off. Sparky’s comfortable, and no wasted energy means lower energy bills.
If it’s a hot day, use the temperature control feature to turn on the A/C before you get home from your trip. Your house will be nice and cool when you arrive!
In addition, a Z-Wave outlet connected with your home automation system allows you to turn off energy to appliances – such as a curling iron, TV, cable box or coffee maker – to keep costs down and your home safer.
Close your home
Did you have a “Home Alone” moment where you think you left the garage door open? Instead of letting this ruin your trip, know for sure by checking your home automation app. You can see if the garage door is open, and if it is, just close it by selecting the close garage option.
With the ability to control your home from anywhere, you can enjoy your time away knowing exactly what is (or isn’t) happening.