When you're going on vacation, minor security measures don't always provide complete peace of mind. Thanks to Connected Solutions and other types of home automation technology, you can keep an eye on your property across the country to ensure it stays safe. Here are some methods and helpful devices you can use to protect your home while on vacation.
With a smart video doorbell, you can check the door from your smartphone. The doorbell has an HD camera with night vision, so you can get a look at who is near your front door. You can also set motion sensor alerts on your phone for visitors who don't ring the bell.
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Instead of leaving a spare key under a rock or in another hidden spot for your house sitter, use a smart lock to unlock the door. Many models can be activated from a Bluetooth 4.0 smartphone. Certain manufacturers let you use a free app to send mobile keys to anyone that needs them. If you're already on the road when you realize you left the coffee pot on, you can call a friend or neighbor, send the person a mobile key and get back to your vacation. Many mobile-enabled keys also have an expiration date, so you have added peace of mind.
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Smart Smoke Detectors
Accidents can happen when you're miles away. If a fire breaks out or smoke builds up in your home, a smart detector can send an alert to your smartphone, laptop or other smart devices immediately. You'll know if there's a problem right away, so you can alert proper authorities. Some models can even tell the difference between small burning meals and major fires, which means they won't trigger unless the situation is severe.
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Smart Garage Door Openers
The pre-programmable timer on a smart garage door opener means you can set it to automatically shut the door after one, five or 10 minutes. You won't have to worry about accidentally leaving the garage door open anymore. This home activation device can open and close your door from a smartphone miles away.
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If you use timers while on vacation, someone might realize your lights flick on the same time every night. When you're away, you can control smart lighting from a smartphone and stagger the time your lights turn on and off. Even when you're relaxing by the hotel pool, you can turn on your living room lights at home.
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Smart Security Cameras
Setting up a surveillance camera on your property let you to keep close tabs on your home from miles away. Most smart cameras allow you to connect to the Internet and view the camera from an app or a website. Features like high-definition picture, motion detection, wide-angle lenses and night vision allow for optimal viewing. With notifications enabled, you can get an alert sent to your smart phone, tablet or laptop if motion or sound is detected, so you’ll be able to take action if needed. Additional storage capacity for the camera can allow a user to record video and sound.
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Smart thermostats let you control and monitor the temperature of your home remotely with internet connectivity. Some models learn and adjust from your behavior to better suit your preferences, while other options alert you when ambient temperature is too low or too high, so you can take action even from afar. Program the thermostat to stay at your desired temperature levels for night and day, or allow an energy savings mode to help you save money while you’re away.
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Smart Water Heaters
A traditional water heater can sometimes consume a lot of domestic electricity, but you can help manage this by installing a smart water heater in your home. With either a smart phone app or an Internet connection, most models allow you to configure settings, enable and disable the heater or review cost-saving options. While on vacation, you could even adjust the temperature of your water heater to help save on electricity.
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Smart Water Sensors
With smart water sensors, you can be alerted of any water leakage before it’s too late. Placing a device in areas like basements, bathrooms or kitchens can guard you from expensive repairs later on down the road. Many of these sensors are also able to detect unsafe or uncomfortable humidity levels and temperature changes for more comprehensive protection against mold and mildew.
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You may have invested a considerable amount of money into an HDTV, a stereo system, a computer or other electronics, so you should ensure they’re not prone to damage from power spikes. This can occur when components are directly plugged into a wall electrical outlet. Surge protectors, also known as surge suppressors, are a great way to ensure every device not only has an extra barrier of security from spikes, but they also help your devices receive the proper amount of power. Most protectors provide extra security against damage than traditional power strips do.
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