5 Ways to Use Smart Home Automation This Holiday Season

Dec 21, 2022 | Smart Home

The holidays are a time for a lot of emotions. Between family gatherings, gift shopping, and decorating your home, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. But what if there was a way to make things just a little bit easier? Smart home automation can help take some of the pressure off by handling tasks like turning lights on and off, adjusting the thermostat, and even keeping an eye on your home while you're away on vacation.

Here are five ways you can use smart home automation to help you this holiday season:

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1. Automate your holiday lights and set them to music.

Setting up holiday lights is one of the most tedious decorations to hang, but with automation technology, it doesn't have to be a tiresome chore anymore. You can now easily set up your lights to continuously turn on and off according to pre-programmed schedules, and even take it one step further by syncing them up to music for an awesome instant light show at the flick of a switch. Automating your holiday lights not only saves time and money, but it also helps you bring life and color to your neighborhood.

2. Use your smart thermostat to save money on energy bills

Smart thermostats are the ultimate energy-saving tool for homeowners. With just a few tweaks, you can adjust your settings so that your thermostat only runs when you need it to - helping you save on energy bills and stay comfortable year-round. You can set temperatures automatically based on your preferences while tracking your energy usage. Plus, control your thermostat when you’re away from home - like while on vacation!

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3. Keep an eye on things while you're away with security cameras and door locks

You can't always be home to keep an eye on things, so why not take advantage of technology and install security cameras? Not only will they make your household more secure, but you can also check in via your phone or laptop to see what's going on at home while you're away. With more advanced features like motion sensor alerts and two-way audio, you'll be able to stay in the loop even when you’re away from home. So don't wait till something happens – take some smart steps and keep an eye on things sooner rather than later.

4. Turn the electronics off while on vacation with smart switches

Going on vacation can be the perfect opportunity to unplug from work and life's electronics, but it can also be hard to remember to do when your routine is disrupted. Smart switches can help make sure that you turn off all electronics while away from home, so you don't have to worry about any unexpected surprises like high energy bills on your return. Smart switches can detect motion in the home, allowing for lights and other electronics to automatically shut off after a given period of time when no one is present. This feature ensures that energy isn't wasted and electronics aren't left running while on vacation. Plus, it's convenient and simple - perfect for giving yourself peace of mind to focus on your vacation.

5. See when friends and family (or a porch pirate) are at your door

Smart doorbells, like Ring, allow one to see when someone is at their doorstep from anywhere, all through an app on their phone. With the ability to both talk and see who is at your doorstep, you can rest assured that a trusted visitor has arrived. Through this wonderful tool, it is simple to greet friends and family without having them wait outside. Plus, the holidays bring more packages to your front door and your smart doorbell can help alert you in cases of porch pirates attempting to remove those packages from your porch.

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Use these tips to take your home into the 21st century. You'll save time, money, and have peace of mind while away from home. And because you automated everything, you can finally use that vacation time you've been hoarding to relax without worry. So go ahead and book that trip - your house will be just fine. Plus, smart home automation can benefit you and your family into 2023 and beyond. Book with the professionals at Mario Castillo Electric today!

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