It’s official. It’s time of year again. Summer has landed . Inevitably, millions of us will take vacations to some warmer climate, where we will spend days away from the azure waterfront before abruptly returning to grim reality.

But as long as you leave your work and your smartphones at home, keeping your home safe will follow you wherever you go.

To calm your nerves, you should consider installing these six smart home products. It will prevent fire and flood damage, protect you from any burglars and is absolutely worth the money.

Smart Valves: for flood prevention

One of the most unusual smart home products you can get is a smart water valve. They connect to your water supply, allowing you to turn off the water without getting on your hands and knees or scrambling to find a faucet.

A few months ago, we reviewed various smart valves on the market. One in particular stood out — the Waxman LeakSMART smart water valve. While this is no longer sold on Amazon, you can purchase it directly from the manufacturer for as little as $250.

This is in two parts. One of them is an automated valve. Second humidity sensor. You replace your mechanical valve with an automatic one and place a moisture sensor under the pipes. The moment an explosion occurs, LeakSMART turns on and automatically turns off the water supply.

What’s more, the latest software update for LeakSmart has introduced compatibility with the Nest ecosystem. This means it can know when you’re out, can notify you of your emergency contact, and can control the Nest thermostat. to set room temperature.

Nest Protect: 4000 mile smoke detection

You don’t have to light a candle or forget you have pizza in the oven to start a house fire. Some faulty electrical devices have been known to cause them in the past.

You may remember when the US International Trade Commission (ITC, not to be confused with the FTC) banned these annoying «hoverboards» on the grounds that many of them were poorly built and could catch fire (as many did).

If your house catches fire while you are away, it is unlikely that anyone will notice and call the fire department in sufficient time to limit the damage. Exactly because of this reason So it is important to get a «smart» smoke alarm. The nest protects is the best known product in this category. The latest (second) generation model costs just $100 from Amazon.

Once installed, it can tell you if it detects smoke or carbon monoxide no matter where you are, giving you valuable time to call emergency services.

Nest Cam: to see who is spying around

If you’re looking for a smart security camera, you can’t do much better than the Nest Cam. It only costs $189.99 on Amazon, or $494.00 for a pack of three. It lets you see what’s going on in your home in vivid 1080p resolution.

What’s so great about the Nest Cam is the built-in night vision mode as well as the motion sensor. This means you’ll get a complete picture of who’s moving around your home, no matter what time of day it is.

You don’t need a hub to use Nest Cam, and you don’t need to subscribe to Nest Aware to receive mobile alerts. However, this subscription service offers continuous recording, allowing you to store any evidence if someone breaks into your home. It only costs $10 per month or $100 billed annually.

If the Nest Cam is not in your budget, you can improvise by turning an old Android smartphone into a security camera.

Motion sensor: to find intruders hiding in your home

While the Nest Cam includes its own built-in motion sensor, you can also purchase your own dedicated sensors for a fraction of the price. This has the advantage that you can place them in multiple locations around your residence, which can reduce or eliminate any gaps in your security system.

There are many dedicated motion sensors on the market. Samsung SmartSense costs just $39.99 and can send immediate alerts when any unexpected motion is detected. The only downside to Samsung’s offering is that it requires a SmartThings hub.

Alternatively, there is an intelligent Wi-Fi motion sensor D-Link DCH-S150. For $35 it’s 5 dollars cheaper than Samsung and does not require any hubs. It also offers integration with IFTTT. connects to allowing you to create your own recipes that do something when motion is detected.

While I haven’t personally tested the D-Link offering, I don’t recommend recommending it over the SmartSense offering due to Amazon’s rather lukewarm reviews. It appears to be suffering from serious reliability issues, which is completely the opposite thing you would like to get from home security equipment.

MySmartBlinds and Philips Hue: make it look like someone is at home

Your house becomes infinitely more tempting for a burglar when it becomes obvious that no one lives there. Fortunately, smart home technology allows you to imagine the facade of the present. All you need is a few Philips Hue bulbs and smart blinds.

With Philips Hue, you can time your lights to turn on at night and turn off during the day, just as it would if someone were there. You can purchase the Starter Kit Starter Pack on Amazon for only $79.99. This includes a hub and two compatible bulbs.

While this sounds incredibly inefficient, it’s not that bad. You’re wasting electricity, but with energy-saving LED bulbs, not energy-saving incandescent bulbs.

The next step is to give the impression that someone in your home is installing smart blinds. This will allow you to open and close them to coincide with the night hours.

The two biggest players in the market are Loxone and MySmartBlinds. I’m a fan of the MySmartBlinds offering as it doesn’t require much assembly and only costs $100. There are also a number of peripherals that can be purchased separately, including solar panels and smart switches that allow you to control multiple smart blinds at the same time.

Loxone alone is almost twice as expensive. This price does not include any additional hardware needed to make it work, such as the $349 mini server. It is also much more difficult to install and requires electronics and programming skills.

How do you protect your home?

Do you use any smart home equipment to monitor your residence while you are away? What are you using and why? I want to hear about it in the comments below.

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