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As we move into the warmer months most families seem to be thinking about summer vacation – I know that I am! And with summer vacation the opportunity to travel arises. Yesterday I mentioned how we are going to be slowing down a bit this summer, but that does not mean that we won’t be traveling a bit as well. Having a way to know my house is safe and secure, and the ability to use apps on my iPhone to monitor everything while away is an amazing use of technology.
*According to the FBI, a home burglary occurs on average every 20 seconds in the US. There is an increase in summer months due to more frequent travel with kids out of school.
That statistic was a little eye-opening to me! But, fortunately, the latest connected home devices are able to provide us all with a little extra comfort when we are away. Utilizing U.S. Cellular’s fast, high quality network allows you to easily monitor and manage a variety of functions at your home through remote access on your iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8 device.
**Almost one third of smartphone owners recently surveyed by U.S. Cellular said they use their device to control their home security system, lighting, or other smart home technology at least once a day. Almost half note they use that technology at least once a month or more.
What are the best tech devices to use?
Nest Cam Indoor – With this device vacationers never have to worry about what is going on at home again allowing you to look after the house 24/7. You are able to see live video and a 160-degree wide angle view, all from your smartphone. It will also provide phone alerts if motion or sound are detected, so the homeowner will know immediately if something is wrong.
Nest Protect – This is a handy little smoke and carbon-monoxide alarm. It will send you instant phone alerts if smoke or carbon-monoxide is detected, but will also let you know when the battery is running low or if there is a sensor failure.
Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener – A great option for those of us who get far away from our home just to try and remember if we shut the garage door or not. It will send an alert to your phone if you have left your garage door open while away, and you can also use your Galaxy S7 or other tablet to remotely close it.
Incipio Commandkit™ Wireless Smart Lightbulb Adapter with Dimming – While a bit of a mouthful for a name, it is a pretty straight forward product. It allows you to turn lights off if you forgot to, and you no longer have to toggle between a bunch of timer switches at home to make sure the lights turn on at specific times. You can use the app to turn on specific lights with integrated Siri voice commands.
Ring™ Video Doorbell – A handy device that allows you to respond to someone at the door, even if you aren’t at the house at the time. You can see, hear, and speak to anyone at your door and always know when a package arrives.
Are you planning any fun trips for this summer? Do you use smart home technology to give you peace of mind while you are away?
*FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2015 reports 1.58 million burglaries for the year, for an average of one
every 20 seconds.
**Between Nov. 10-17, 2016, a total of 701 online interviews were conducted among a nationally
representative sample by Consumer Insights, in partnership with Maritz CX.