Want to make your home safer, smarter and less costly to cool this summer? We’ve rounded up some of the best security and automated smart home tips for you, courtesy of Alarm.com’s service provider network and other experts from around the Web.
Secure Your Home During Summer Travel
Summer is the season for bathing suits and beaches, but don’t forget to properly secure your home before you travel. With plenty of advice on how to keep your home looking occupied and busy, this checklist will help ensure that you return home to find things exactly as you left them.
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Avoid Costly Landscaping Mistakes
Planning to do some landscaping in your yard this summer? There are certain projects that you should approach with caution, warns Realtor.com. Introducing the wrong plants, over-mulching, or using too much gravel can quickly take you from a ‘smart yard project’ into ‘costly clean-up’ territory. Double-check before you dig!
Babysitters and Home Security
Do you ever feel anxious when you leave your children with a babysitter? Your GHS smart home security system can help you feel more comfortable when you’re not around, especially if you show the babysitter how to contact your GHS monitoring station in an emergency. Contact sensors, video monitoring and a assigning a unique user code for the babysitter can also play their part in helping you enjoy your evening away from home.
Put This Costly Summer AC Myth to Rest
There’s the common misconception that running your AC all day uses less energy than setting it back when you’re out. Energy consumption expert Lauren Urbanek lays that myth to rest in this list of summer energy-saving tips – that also includes advice on ceiling fans and insulation. PS: For the easiest way to set your AC back when you leave the house, check out our partner Alarm.com’s smart thermostat.