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Supercharge Your Summer with these 5 Smart Home Automation Ideas [+1 Bonus!]

by Ann Ferguson

Summertime is almost here, and with it comes the promise of fun, sun, and, unfortunately, the usual seasonal chores. But what if your smart home could help you break free from the mundane and embrace the true spirit of summer? You can with smart home automation!

With automated energy-efficient climate control, lawn control, pool maintenance, and more, you’ll be able to reclaim summer fun and leave the mundane chores behind!

1. Cool All Day Long

Woman using smart tablet and voice commands to lower temperature and see the energy usage on her device

Sunny summer days come with scorching temperatures, and keeping cool is challenging. But with a smart thermostat, you can set specific temperature levels, remotely adjust the settings, create schedules, and set “Home” or “Away” scenes so you can conserve energy!

You’ll also get customized recommendations on how to keep the temperature to your ideal settings while also saving on energy costs. And you can set specific scenes, like for your child’s bedroom, so the AC only turns on when it detects movement!

Pro Tip: Don’t forget to add smart blinds to help block out the sun and keep the interior cooler without turning on the AC! Our team can help set up and coordinate, so your thermostat and blinds work together!

2. Watering the Lawn

Beautiful home with lush, green yard

As we know, summer means having the constant chore of maintaining the yard. But you can automate this too! Instead of physically messing with the sprinkler system, you can use a smart irrigation system to water the lawn automatically. Just set the system and forget about it — it’ll irrigate your lawn for the specific time or interval you select, which will help you save on water!

You can also find smart lawnmowers to trim your yard for you; no more hours spent on keeping the grass height at a specific time or paying someone else to do it!

3. Security While Away

Closeup of someone locking their home’s smart locks with their smartphone

With summer comes vacations, which means leaving your home for extended periods. But with a smart security system, you don’t have to worry about leaving your home vulnerable; you can keep an eye on things from wherever you are! A smart security system offers you real-time video surveillance, instant alerts, and more! You can:

  • Set up the lights and shades on a schedule to create the appearance that someone is home.
  • Answer the door remotely through a video doorbell or set up a scene to trigger the lights or dogs barking if it detects unauthorized movement.
  • Incorporate smart locks to let the dog walker in with a specialized code. Or check that all the doors are locked from anywhere you are!
  • Add a geofence to help keep track of the kids, pets, or unauthorized movement in the dedicated zone.

Pro Tip: Let us know what you require from your smart security system, and we’ll do the rest!

4. Lighting

Smart lighting is always a good idea— there is so much you can do with it. With your interior lights, you can set up scenes to turn on the lights for specific actions like the front door opening, the sun going down, entering a different room, and so on. For your exterior lights, you can create an ambiance for your backyard space with color schemes and adjustable RGB light strips to make summer parties more fun!

Pro Tip: The occupancy sensors will help keep the lights off in empty rooms to save on energy costs — no more following behind the kids to keep switching off the lights!

5. Automatic Pool/Hot Tub Equipment

Smart pool cleaner

If you have a pool or a hot tub (both?), you know they require tons of upkeep, especially with the pump timer. But did you know that you can automate that, too? With a smart timer, you can control the pump from any smart device, so you don’t have to access the equipment physically!

Plus, you can add a smart pool cleaner to skim or vacuum, even if someone is using the pool — it’s like a robot vacuum for the pool, one you can even put in vacation mode! As for your hot tub, you can also set up themes to warm your hot tub and start the bubbles, so everything awaits you just as you get home!

Bonus: Music Distribution

What’s summer fun without tunes? Exactly — no fun at all! With smart music distribution, you can add the joy of your favorite playlists to every room of the house and outside, too! You’ll be able to listen to the same music seamlessly from one location to the next with zero lag or interference, or you can create separate playlists for each zone!

And the best part is that you can set the volume individually for each space, which is especially helpful during those summer parties!

Pro Tip: Let us know if you’d like to hide your audio system, and we’ll develop solutions for a seamless home design!

Ready for Summer!

Group of friends lounging by the pool

Are you ready to say goodbye to most of your summer chores? Upgrading your home with smart automation will keep the good times rolling all summer long. So, if you’re ready to start, our team at EdgeUp Technology is ready and waiting! Once you give us a call, we’ll set up your consultation appointment and review the scope of what you want your smart home to do!

So, what are you waiting for? Dive into the world of smart home living and make this summer your best one yet!