The holidays are approaching fast, and this time of year can be festive and a little hectic all at the same time. If you’re looking for ways to make the holidays easier, adding some smart home automation features to your house may be exactly what you need. Here are four ways a smart home makes the holidays easier.
1. Automate Your Christmas Lights
If you have a Christmas tree in your home and festive lights on the exterior of your house, you know that for quite a few weeks throughout December, you’ll be doing a lot of plugging the lights in and unplugging them before bed. But what if a system could do all this for you?
With a smart home automation system, you can automate your Christmas lights, so they go on and off at a certain time without you having to plug or unplug a thing. And if you want to take your festive Christmas light features one step further, you can even set the lights to music to bring the holidays home more easily.
2. Prevent Your Holiday Packages From Getting Stolen
Buying your holiday packages takes a lot of time, effort, and money. Therefore, you want to make sure you keep these items safe when you are away from the house. With theft crimes increasing in many places during the holidays, you want to take every possible step to ensure you won’t be a victim and your gifts will stay safe and sound.
With the help of a smart doorbell, you can monitor the activity at your front door and be notified of any motion so you can bring your package inside safely and swiftly.
Pro Tip: If you have a smart door lock, you can even open the door and direct the delivery person through the doorbell to leave it inside your home and lock it when they’re out (or direct them to the garage!).
3. Smart Thermostat Zones
As the seasons change, the temperatures fluctuate. Certain parts of your home may be colder or warmer than others. With the help of a smart thermostat, you can keep certain zones of your home within specific temperature ranges. For example, if you’re baking food for holiday meals in your kitchen all day long, you can lower the temperature in that zone as it will be nice and warm from the heat of the oven.
In addition, if you have house guests staying with you over the holidays and they are used to warmer temperatures, you can use your smart thermostat to keep their room zone warm. And best of all, by not unnecessarily using your HVAC system in certain areas of the home at specific times of day, you may save money on your electric bill, even with all those Christmas lights!
4. Vacation Modes
During the holiday season, many people take vacations and leave their homes vulnerable. So, if you plan to be away from your home on vacation, you can make it seem like someone is home to protect your property with smart automation!
With a smart home automation system, you can program the system to turn your lights on and off at certain times, get real-time security alerts, and remotely monitor your system from anywhere in the world. You can also set your smart thermostat to a different temperature while you’re away, so you aren’t paying for energy you don’t use.
Pro Tip: Some smart home devices include a dedicated vacation mode feature!
Smart Home Automation Makes Life Easier
There you have it; four ways home automation can make the holiday season easier! And it’s not just the holiday season smart home automation can help you with — this year-round home feature will make life easier every day!
Now is an excellent time to review your needs with one of Gleeson's Home Entertainment and Automation custom integrators to see how you can automate and improve your life. Think about what features you’d like your smart home automation system to include, and we can make it happen. Contact us today, and we’ll set up a consultation appointment to get you started!