It’s the most wonderful time of the year – turkeys and stuffing, tinsel and presents. It can also be one of the most hectic, with dinners to prepare, presents to wrap and family gatherings to host. And while you may wish you had a clone, or at least a robot helper to follow you around and take orders, technology isn’t quite there yet!
But technology has come a long way in home automation, where there are safety and convenience features that can make your holiday season go a little more smoothly. These are some of the ways that a high-tech home can making living easier.
Answer The Door Without Burning The Ham
If you entertain during the holidays, you know what a hassle it can be to run back and forth from kitchen to front door every time a new guest arrives. It breaks your flow and can be so distracting that you may find yourself feeling irritable even before Uncle John starts telling bad jokes.
This year, instead of running around or yelling for anyone within earshot to answer the door, give your smart doorbell a shot.
Just tap your smart phone and you can see who’s at the door, welcome them, and even let them in, all without interrupting your activities – whether you’re carefully stirring the gravy, buried under a pile of ribbons and wrapping paper, or just managed to sneak off for a five-minute bathroom break!
Set Festive Lighting And Mood Scenes
Few things bring ambiance and warmth to a holiday gathering like lighting. While you tend to the candles, let your home automation system do the rest.
Set scenes to suit any mood and then activate them at the touch of an app. Turn on some soft background music, dim the overhead lights, cue up the Christmas tree, even lower the window shades with one tap.
You can create your scenes ahead of time and be ready for a relaxing evening soiree, a bright, bustling brunch, even a late-night cocktail by the fireplace. Smart scenes can control everything from the lighting to the temperature and more. Choose your scenes manually, or set them to trigger at certain times of the day – for instance, turning on all those fabulous Christmas lights at dusk each evening.
Keep Grandma Warm
Maybe it’s grandma, or Great Aunt Bertha, but someone is always freezing. Keep an extra blanket on hand, and get your wifi thermostat ready.
You can control the thermostat from your smart phone app no matter where you are – whether you’re relaxing with the family and want to keep it that way instead of jumping up to reach for the thermostat, or you can simply hear that recurring complaint coming from the next room.
The best part is that you can slip off to bed and then turn the thermostat back down with nobody being the wiser.
Make Sure It’s Santa – Not A Burglar
With home automation you can manage your entire security system right from your smart phone, from cameras to door locks, and even arm and disarm your alarm.
See who’s at your front door, speak to them in a two-way conversation, even record a live video stream in full-color night vision. Motion sensors can alert you to someone at your door even if they don’t press the bell, which is great for keeping an eye on suspicious visitors in red suits.
Have instant snapshots sent to your smart phone on specified events, like whenever your system is disarmed. That way you’ll know whether it’s the kids coming home from school or a break-in attempt.
And instant text messages can alert you to myriad events, from low system batteries to leaky faucets.
Play With All Your Toys
A home automation system like the Honeywell Lyric is a great investment in your family’s safety and security, but who says it can’t also be fun?
For today’s connected homes, the Lyric pairs with other great grown-up toys like Amazon’s Echo, Apple HomeKit, Google Home and many more. By combining devices you can ask questions, give commands, and control all your smart devices in whatever way suits your lifestyle.
It also expands your options the next time the kids wonder what gifts to buy for you!
Never Miss A Delivery
With all the online ordering you probably do, there’s bound to be a box sitting at your doorstep on any given day. And chances are, its contents aren’t cheap! Whether you’ve ordered a special gadget or a long-awaited game console, the last thing you want to do is leave those items on your front porch for an indefinite length of time. It can be tough to keep up with deliveries on a good day, let alone when you’re spread amongst work, school, family, friends, shopping, visiting and sundry holiday activities.
Home automation to the rescue! With your smart doorbell, you can catch the delivery person at the door and ask for the package to be brought into your garage. Then with your smart door opener, you can open the garage door, and with your cameras watch as the delivery person enters and exits, then close the door safely again.
And as long as you have your smart phone (and who doesn’t these days?) and an internet connection, you can do that all from wherever you may be.
No need to worry that you’ve missed something, no need to hand out your alarm code like candy to every delivery person and dog walker, no need to risk your deliveries being stolen or simply caught in a rainstorm again.
Be Welcomed Home
After a long day at work or snapping up last-minute sales, all you really want to do is get home and relax. Wouldn’t it be great if your home, well… welcomed you home?
With geofencing functionality, that’s exactly what can happen. Program your system to respond to your proximity, for example, when you’re within five miles of home, by raising the temperature, turning on the lights, perhaps even cueing up your favorite music.
You get an added layer of security by coming home to a well-lit house, and you can enjoy the comforts of home the instant you arrive.
Home automation offers benefits all year long, but during a hectic holiday season, it can relieve some common pressures, enhance safety and security, make you more comfortable and even add a touch of fun.
If you’d like to know more about what home automation can do, or what systems and components the Honeywell Lyric integrates with, contact us for a free consultation. We’re happy to answer all your questions and show you just how merry a connected home can be!