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How Does Smart Home Automation Help With The Holidays?


With the winter holidays right around the corner, it’s time to begin preparing. Whether you’re inviting the family over or heading out of town this year, your smart home automation system can help you enjoy the season with ease. In this blog, we’ll show you how easy it is to take advantage of your integrated technology to make your guests feel welcome or ensure a safe time away from your property. Read on for more.

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How You Welcome Guests

If you’ve been following our blog, you know that your smart home system can help you make your spaces more comfortable. But it can also minimize the stress welcoming guests like friends and family from out of town. Even when you’re out of the house, your home remains hospitable to anyone you invite over.

First, you’ll need to assign your guests a temporary access code. This is a code that allows them entry via your integrated smart locks. When they arrive, you’ll receive an immediate notification. As they walk through the property, the occupancy sensors can tell the lighting to brighten their way and the thermostat can adjust the temperature to a more comfortable setting.

They won’t have to look around for light switches, just sit down in the media room and enjoy themselves until you arrive. Once they leave to return home, the code can be deactivated.

How You Leave Your Home

One of the best things about the holidays is taking a long winter vacation. But, unfortunately, because there’s so much activity around your home during the season, there’s also increase risk. Your automation system can help ensure your home remains safe while you’re out.

A geofence will help make sure your system goes into vacation mode when you’re away. Control4’s latest updates also help with your surveillance system. You can enjoy an indexed recording of any events that take place in your home. Organized by time, date and other factors including the type of event (motion sensors activated, alarm system tripped, etc.) you can easily access and review footage from your integrated surveillance cameras.

Plus, the mockupancy settings in your vacation mode have been updated. Before, you could only have your system activate the lights and window treatments to appear as though you were in the house. The current version allows for inclusion of home media like your TV and whole home audio system to even more completely make it seem like you’re at home.

Ready to enjoy a safe and happy holiday whether you’re in or out of your home? Contact us today!

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