How Snowbirds can Secure Their Nest
Get Peace of Mind with This Smart Home Technology
As autumn comes to an end and the temperatures start dipping, Snowbirds will head south in search of better weather. EdgeUP Technology wants make it as easy as possible for you to leave the frigid Pennsylvania weather behind. In this blog, we have some smart home technology tips for easily monitoring your home even while you're gone for months at a time.
Make Your Home Look Occupied
There are a few ways to make your home look lived-in even when you’re not there. Automation systems can turn on and off TVs, interior and exterior lights, shades, and music, "Mockupancy" mimics your daily routines so not even your neighbors will suspect you've left.
Secure Your Home at all Times
Need peace of mind you lock the door or closed the garage door? There's smart home technology specifically designed for this. From a mobile app, use "away" scenes that lock all doors automatically. Receive status reports on your app letting you know if a door was left open or the alarm wasn't secured. You can even incorporate security cameras to view live surveillance footage at any time
Don't Bother Leaving a Key
Smart locks make it easier for house sitters. Assign unique access code to each person so they can water plants, feed pets and check in without having to leave behind a key. With codes set on a timer, you can control which days or times certain codes are active. Plus, you'll get an alert on your phone any time they use their code, so you always know who's coming and going. In case of an emergency, let authorities or repairmen in remotely using your app.
Kepp Your Home from Freezing Up
Cold temperatures can be dangerous by freezing pipes. Use a smart thermostat to always set the temperature at over 55 degrees. We recommend placing low-temperature sensors in your coldest areas that notify you of extreme drops in temperature. This will help you avoid frozen and burst pipes that could result in thousands of dollars' worth of water damage. A leak detector can notify you at the first sign of moisture.
Have a Backup Power System in Place
Power outages affect many essential components that are running even if you’re not there. Install a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) with surge protection and a backup battery to help everything shut down correctly in case of an outage. You should also find a service like NetCloud from EdgeUP Technology to remotely monitor your technology, so you don't have to physically be there to get everything back up and running.
When you fly south for the winter, your focus should be on your brand-new tan not on what's going on back home. Get the peace of mind that your house will greet you just as you left it with these smart home technology tips.
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