How to keep your home safe while on holiday
Jetting off on your summer holiday and worried about keeping your home secure? Here are our top tips for using technology to safeguard your house…
While you’re relaxing on a sunny beach, the last thing you want to be thinking about is whether your home is secure. Get peace of mind this summer by setting up some smart security tech.
See who’s coming and going
Setting up home monitoring is a great way to keep an eye on what’s happening at home – whether you’re sunning yourself abroad or just out for the day.
Smart security cameras record 24/7 so you can check in on your home at any time. If anything untoward occurs, you’ll receive a phone or email notification to alert you.
You can get indoor and outdoor cameras to cover every inch of your property – check out how to secure your home with smart tech.
Why not try…Nest Outdoor Camera
Mount the Nest Outdoor Cam to an outside wall and it will record in Full HD, storing 30 days of footage securely online.
You can use a password-protected stream to share live footage with neighbours and even create clips to download and send to the police.
Plus, with Nest Aware your camera will differentiate between people and animals so you won’t be bothered by false alerts when the cat strolls past.
What about indoors?
There’s a Nest Indoor Cam, too. All it needs is a plug socket and a Wi-Fi connection and you can view a live feed on your smartphone, tablet or PC wherever you are in the world.
When it detects motion, you’ll get an alert on your phone.
Fool burglars with remote lighting
Leaving the hall light on when you go away is a classic burglar-prevention technique. But you can control the lighting as if you really were at home, without wasting energy having the lights on all day, with smart lighting.
Controlled with your phone or tablet, you can use pre-set timings for the lights to come on while you’re away, or you can manually flick the switch in real-time if you want full control.
Use your indoor and outdoor security cameras to check everything is working as it should be.
Why not try… Philips Hue
Philips Hue wireless lighting lets you control up to 50 lights from the Hue app. Turn them on and off from anywhere and set lighting schedules for when you’re away. They play nicely with Nest cameras too.
Keep tabs on your heating
Coming back to the British summer after being away somewhere lovely and hot can be a bit of a shock. Make sure you come back to a lovely warm home by using smart heating.
Why not try…Nest Learning Thermostat
Forgot to turn off the heating? The Nest Learning Thermostat turns off the heating automatically when you leave the house using sensors and your phone’s location to save energy. It’s designed to work with the Nest cameras too – learn how Nest products work together.