Are you ready for summer travel season? With Memorial Day on the horizon, and school almost finished for the year, many people already have vacation plans for the summer planned out. But have you thought about accommodations for your home while you’re away? Don’t let the threat of intruders take away from enjoying your time off. Utilize some smart home gear from Z-Wave and make your home look lived in – even if it’s not.
Set scenes with lighting that shows that you’re away
Would-be burglars love to hunt for homes that are obviously unoccupied. A house that stays dark from daybreak to sunset is a clear signal for them. Setting up scenes with your smart home devices is one great way to deter troublemakers. First, make sure you have a Z-Wave compatible hub – hubs are the brain of your smart home and allow you to create those customized scenes, so you’ll want to grab one before adding any other devices. Next, add a smart bulb or dimmer. The GoControl Z-Wave Plug-in Dimmer Module or NuTone Smart Z-Wave Plus LED Bulb are great picks that allow for access from your hub’s smartphone app. Schedule a “Vacation” scene that turns lights on during your typical time frame at home, and dim the lights or turn them off when you’d typically be away. The best part? You can easily adjust them from the app if you want to switch your scene app from afar.
So you’ve set up a few lighting scenes, now add a few smart sensors to alert you of movement in your home. The Schlage Z-Wave Motion Sensor can be mounted anywhere in your home, notifying you via your hub’s app when activity is detected. Sensors can also be incorporated into your smart lighting scene to turn on lights if motion is detected – this could also come in handy for monitoring outside activity.
Another way to keep an eye on your home while you’re away is with a smart security camera like the Piper nv Smart Home Z-Wave Plus Security System which is actually a camera with a built-in hub capacity. The high resolution, 180-degree immersive view camera features night vision and can be viewed live, or recorded remotely.
Take the extra step to make your home secure by installing a smart lock that can be remotely controlled. If you have house or pet sitters keeping an eye on your home while you’re away, locks like the Schlage Touchscreen Z-Wave Smart Deadbolt Lock offer the ability to set up to 30 unique codes, so they can let themselves in using a code only they have. It also comes with an anti-pick shield to protect against lock tampering and built-in alarm technology that sense movement of the door and alerts you via your hub’s app.
For most parents, the prospect of leaving their children at home alone can inspire fears ranging from minor mishaps to major disaster. There is always concern about what the kids are up to and who may be invited in when mom and dad are not home to supervise, or even the possibility of an accident occurring when the child is alone.
Whether your winters are frozen over or soggy and gloomy, the end of winter means one thing for most of us: a greater risk of water damage. Whether it's frozen pipes that have burst, or spring rains that bring flooding, or drainage systems that are clogged, water in the home is a real issue in the spring. Either way, early detection can make all the difference.
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