5 Ways Home Automation Can Be a Lifesaver While on Vacation

Control Your Home Automation While on Vacation

Home automation is an amazing hobby. With it, you can do virtually anything you set your mind to. Do you want your home to automatically cool down prior to your arrival or your exterior lights to turn on at dusk? How about both? Regardless of what you want to accomplish, it can be done, albeit with a little effort. It's pretty amazing!

So, what happens when you go on vacation? Do you shut your home automation off? Absolutely not!

Going on vacation can be extremely exciting and, at the same time, extremely anxiety inducing. Have you ever left your home thinking, "Did I turn off the stove?" Or, "Did I close the garage?" Now, imagine having those thoughts while you're thousands of miles away from home. There's no much you can do... unless you automated your home.

​5 Ways Home Automation Can Make Your Vacation Stress Free

1

Security: Always Know What's Happening at Home

When you're on vacation, it's natural to worry about the security of your home. Fortunately, you can easily check on it with the help of security cameras, motion sensors, and other Z-Wave devices.

In my home, I have enough motion sensors, door sensors, and cameras set up, that I can tell exactly where someone is in my home based on different sensors going off. When I leave my home, my cameras automatically start to record, so I can see everything that happens while I'm away.

Blue Iris Home Automation

I use Blue Iris to control my cameras, as it's very customization and the mobile/desktop app integrate well with Vera.

2

Convenience: Control Your Home From Anywhere

Vera Z-Wave Home Automation

Convenience is another advantage to having access to your automated home while you're on vacation. That's because you can quickly access your locks, thermostats, and other devices with the click of a button.

As an example, let's say you left a light on in your home. With a few taps on your smartphone, you can easily check to see what light is on and then turn it off.

You don't need to call a friend and ask them to turn it off. It can all be done remotely. It's like you have you're whole home in the palm of your hand!

3

Adjustability: Things Change and Your Home Can to

Having the option to check on your home and control all your devices is extra helpful when you're out of town. This is especially true when unforeseen events come up where someone needs access to your home.

For example, I've run into more than one occasion where I've had to let someone into my house (both friends and family members) while I've been out of town. Fortunately, all I had to do was unlock my door and/or open my garage from my phone. It was that easy!

Of course, you could always plan ahead and give someone a key, but it's more fun to unlock your home from another country. :)​

4

Energy Saving: Save Money While You're Traveling

Another great use for home automation is saving money! With it, you can have your devices on and working when you need them and off when you don't. That can save you a good chunk of money, just by ensuring your devices aren't running when they don't need to be (ie. you're air conditioner).

When I leave on vacation, I set my home to "vacation mode." That mode sets the thermostat to extreme temperatures, so that the heating and air conditioning only run if it's getting dangerously cold or hot in my house to ensure no pipes burst and none of my electronics fry. It also sets my cameras to record and turns off my appliances along with my home theater setup and my devices that don't need to be on. It saves me quite a bit of money!

5

Safety: Protect Yourself From Break-ins.

If you have enough devices in your home, you can even use your home automation setup to mimic someone being home, which is a great way to deter criminals!

​As an example, you could have certain lights turn on/off or a speaker start to play periodically throughout the day. You could even open and close your garage every once and a while to keep up the charade.

Other Home Automation Uses While On Vacation

As I mentioned above, the only limiting factor to home automation is your imagination. You can set up your home to do virtually anything, all you need is an idea and a few devices!

Here are a few ideas for your home automation setup, that you can use while you're on vacation.

  • You could have your garage door open once a day for 15 minutes between 5-6pm, then close and turn on Sonos for 10 minutes.
  • Whenever the doorbell rings, you could have a video or screenshot sent to your phone, so you know when and who is at your door.
  • Every time you are away from home, you could have all your motion sensors notify you of any movement and trigger your cameras to record.
  • Should a door get opened, you could have your alarm siren go off and a notification be sent to your phone.
  • You could also have your unnecessary appliances shut off such as your washer and dryer, to eliminate the small energy drain they have while not being used.

If you have any awesome vacation automation ideas that I missed, leave them in the comments. I'd love to hear how your system is set up!​

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