Whenever we sleep at night or leave for work, the first thing we tend to think about is the door. Did we lock it? If we’re unsure, we’d have no choice but to go back and check.
We also think about our lights, appliances, and valuables. Our daily worries almost always revolve around those, making us reject the idea of traveling. We worry too much about our home’s security when no one will guard it.
But at the dawn of smart technology, the fears for our home’s safety and security have been addressed. With reputable brands like Control4 and many others, transforming our abodes into a smart home is now possible, meaning we can control our electronics and locks wherever, whenever.
Smart homes benefit people on-the-go, especially globetrotters. If you often travel or attend business meetings, you can now do those without fear of house fires and burglaries holding you back.
The Safety of Homes is Ensured
When we’re going on a vacation, we would typically ask a trusted relative or friend to man our homes while we’re gone. While this safety precaution is efficient, having smart devices, in addition to a human guardian, might do a better job.
The sensors, which are one of the features of a smart home, can detect potential hazards before they wreak havoc. Water sensors can detect leaks and alert homeowners immediately. Similarly, smoke, heat, and carbon monoxide detectors can recognize fire hazards and activate alarms at once.
Furthermore, smart technology can be applied to locks, allowing you to check whether you’ve locked your doors before leaving. If you find one door unlocked, you can close it immediately with just a few presses on your smartphone. You can connect your security cameras to your phone and monitor it in real-time as well. If you have smart motion detectors, they will alert you if an intruder attempts to break in.
The safety of your family will also be guaranteed. While you’re in a company excursion, you can watch your front door through a smart doorbell. It will allow you to see anyone coming over, and the device will snap a photo of them for you.
You Can Save On Energy Costs
If you’re going on a beach trip, you may find your HVAC costs racked up when you return. But with a smart thermostat, you can keep those bills to a minimum.
Most types of smart thermostats can detect if you’re away, and in turn, allow you to adjust their settings remotely. If you’re going to be out for an extended period, you can check the threshold settings and set the temperatures to an efficient range, so you can leave it on without worrying about the costs they’ll incur.
Do you leave the TV on when you’re away to make people think you’re at home? You may stop doing that and save electricity as a result. Just invest in smart lights, and remotely switch on the lights in the critical areas of your home, fooling burglars that people are in your house.
Lights may not be fail-safe protection against crime, but they are an effective burglar deterrent. Burglars themselves confessed that an empty home is an easy target. Hence, when you mimic activity in your home, you are discouraging criminals from breaking in. (And get the bonus of keeping your TV off!)
But even if you have a smart home, it’s still wise to ask a trusted relative or friend to guard your home while you’re away. Human involvement is indispensable when you have pets, mail, and an unkempt lawn. With smart technology’s top-notch features and a human guardian’s watchful eye, you can ultimately be at the moment when you’re on vacation.