It’s vacation time! You’ve spent weeks planning the trip and double-checked your packing list. But on your way to the airport, you have a moment of panic. Did you close the garage door? Did you turn all the lights off? That gnawing feeling won’t go away, even if you’re sure you took care of everything.
Isn’t that feeling the worst? Luckily, we’re in the age of technology, where the ability to monitor your home remotely is as simple as opening up a smartphone app. Even if you’re gone for just a few hours, now you can check up on your home, your backyard, and even your pets from anywhere. These home automation gadgets can help you monitor everything in your home, no matter how many miles away you’re traveling.
You’re probably already familiar with Ring. It’s a smart video doorbell that records activity near whichever door it faces. You can watch it in real-time or be alerted to activity when USP delivers a package, when girl scouts come knocking, or even when strangers walk up to your door. This clever doorbell also has the option for you to speak to people at your door through the app.
Remote Pet Monitors
Ever wondered what your cat or dog gets up to during the day? You can keep an eye on your pets from anywhere with pet monitors like Nest, Furbo, and TOOGE dog cam. Set them up in high-traffic areas throughout your home to keep tabs on what your pet is doing. These are great for highly anxious pets or for those who jump onto places they’re not allowed (counters, couches, you name it!).
Remote Light Control
Controlling lights today is so much more sophisticated than just a few years ago. We’ve replaced clapping (do you remember those lights?) with high-tech apps that work with smart light switches to remotely control different lights inside or outside your house. You could be halfway across the world and still be able to turn lights on or off strategically inside your home. This is perfect for when you’re away on an extended vacation and don’t want your house looking vacant.
Security smartphone apps allow you to monitor your security system remotely. If it detects any unusual activity, you’ll be alerted right away and can opt to send the police over to check it out. Most security systems today have an app connected to your system so you can arm it, disarm it, or check on its status day or night from anywhere.
Fully Connected Smart Home Options
Each of these options allows you to control a specific function in your house, like adjusting the outdoor lights or monitoring your cats and dogs. If you’re looking to fully automate all these functions and bring them into one system….now you can. Automation systems like Kasa Home, Google Home, or the Amazon Echo allow you to connect multiple smart devices in one place and operate them all from a single dashboard. You can control lights, speaker systems, TVs and screens, even your window blinds or refrigerator for a truly smart home.
So breathe a sigh of relief the next time you’re out of town for a few days. With home automation gadgets like these, you can check in on your home, turn off the lights you forgot to hit on your way out, and relax knowing you’re protected.