Your vacation home is meant to be your secret oasis and your special home-away-from-home. But if going to your vacation home means leaving behind your customized smart home network, then it suddenly doesn’t feel so special, does it? It’s time to bring your vacation home up to speed. Here are 4 reasons why your vacation home should be smart:
1. It’s more secure
You’re not always at your vacation home, so how can you make sure it’s secure when you’re gone?
If your vacation home is smart, you can keep an eye on it 24/7, no matter where you are.
Z-Wave smart security cameras give you a complete view of your vacation home, inside and out, with devices like the Nexia Wireless Indoor HD Camera and the Nexia Home Outdoor Camera. You can monitor and record activities in and around your home, stream the feed live from your smartphone, and receive alerts in the event of unexpected activity.
2. It’s easier to handle maintenance
Imagine: Summertime is just around the corner, and you and your family are looking forward to going to your vacation home. The problem is that the air conditioning is broken, and you want it fixed before you arrive.
If your vacation home is smart, you can remotely let a technician into the house to work on repairs so that you never have to make the drive.
With a smart lock like the Yale Real Living Key Free Touchscreen Z-Wave Smart Deadbolt, you can remotely unlock the door for the technician and lock it again behind him when he leaves. And with Z-Wave smart security cameras, you can keep an eye on the repair process the whole time.
3. It can be monitored remotely
If you’re frequently coming and going from your vacation home, things can easily get forgotten in the shuffle. Did you leave a door unlocked, a window open, the toaster on?
But when your vacation home is smart, you can monitor everything remotely, so you never have to worry.
With a smart lock, you can check the status of your home’s doors so you know they’re secure. A smart sensor will let you know if you accidentally left a window open before you left the house. And smart plugs give you extra control by turning any ordinary, small appliance into a smart device, so you can turn it on and off remotely.
4. It can protect itself
If your vacation home is far away from your home base, there’s nothing worse than knowing there was a big rainstorm there while you were gone and having no way to check if it suffered any damage.
If your vacation home is smart, homeowner, it can protect itself from threats like rainstorms. A flood sensor, such as the FIBARO Z-Wave Flood Sensor, will send alerts to your smartphone if there’s potential flooding or if your vacation home experiences a rapid rise or drop in temperature.
What if it’s not Mother Nature that’s the problem, but just a set of leaky pipes? Z-Wave can protect against that, too. The FortrezZ Z-Wave Water Shut Off Valve 1.25" is an electrically-operated, wireless water valve. Once it’s installed on your water main and paired with your Z-Wave smart home, it can get to work protecting your vacation home, automatically turning off the main water supply when a leak or overflow is detected.
Whether you’re getting ready to summer at your vacation home, or you’re preparing to rent it out to travelers, Z-wave smart home technology helps you make sure it’s always secure and ready-to-go.