With summer officially here and family vacations right around the corner, you can rest easier while you’re away from home thanks to the help of some smart home technologies. Smart thermostats sync up with your phone, allowing you to change the temperature in your house remotely. So you can turn the air conditioner off after you leave (no sense in racking up huge electric bills to keep your house cool while you’re gone!) and turn it on again before you get back so you can come home and relax without waiting for the house to cool down. Automated lights offer a similar option, allowing you to turn your lights on or off from your phone to save energy or give the appearance of people being home.
Forgot to lock the door when you left or want to let your neighbor in to check on the cat and bring your mail inside? Wifi enabled locks allow you to lock and unlock your front or back doors from anywhere with just your smartphone. If you want to monitor what goes on in or around your house, you can watch live feeds from your phone via cameras and/or video doorbells. You can also monitor the condition of your home with water, smoke, and carbon monoxide detectors that send alerts to your phone if something happens so you never have to come home to an unpleasant surprise. And if something does happen, you can call and schedule a repairman, let him remotely in with your front door’s smart lock, and have everything taken care of before you ever come home from vacation!