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Prepping Your House for Vacation

Updated: Jun 14, 2018

Leaving your home for an extended period of time can stir up uneasy feelings. After all, you’re leaving what’s likely your largest investment with no way of knowing if something’s gone wrong. Fortunately, technology has evolved and there are several ways you can stay up to date on what’s happening to your home while you’re away. From simple to in-depth, there’s a solution available for virtually any home need.

Smart Thermostats

One of the easiest items you can install is a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats allow you to see the temperature of your home and notify you if the temperatures goes above or below a given set point.

Indoor Wireless Cameras

Another easy item to install is an indoor wireless camera. There are a number of wireless camera options on the market and setup generally takes a matter of minutes (assuming you have a strong Wi-Fi connection). Wireless cameras allow you to keep an eye on the interior of your home 24/7. These devices also include a motion sensor feature immediately alerting you of any strange activity detected in your home.

Outdoor Cameras

Outdoor cameras are a great option for keeping an eye on the exterior of your home. Unfortunately, they can be a costly addition to an already existing home. However, if you’re building a new home or doing significant renovations consider installing outdoor cameras that work year-round regardless of weather conditions.

Water Sensors

Few things are more damaging to a home than an unchecked water leak. That’s why a water sensor in your basement an absolute essential while you’re away on vacation. There are a wide variety of easy to install wireless water sensors available on the market that notify you when water is sensed.

Turn up the Lights

Deter thieves by creating the illusion you’re home with lighting control. Most lighting control systems have a programmable “vacation mode” that automatically turns on outdoor lights at sunset and random lights within the home.

Security System

Finally, there’s the tried and true security system. Today’s systems are completely wireless and can be installed in just about any home in a matter of hours. Furthermore, they communicate over the cellular network, so you don’t have to pay for a phone line and any communication to the police can’t be cut. Most systems sync with an app allowing you to monitor the status of the system remotely and even disarm or re-arm the system if you need to let somebody in.

In closing, there are plenty of steps you can take for peace of mind while you’re away from your home. We at Digitek are factory authorized re-sellers and technicians of the products mentioned above and would be happy to meet with you in your existing home for a consultation or in our showroom to discuss how these features can be incorporated into a new home you’re building.

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