3 must-have smart products for your holiday home

Summer is approaching, and it’s time to go on vacation. Some of us are lucky enough to have another home outside our main residence to travel to year-round. If this is you, this list is for you. There are plenty of smart devices available to turn your home into something more important, but not all of them are essential to a vacation home. Here are the three products you must have once you go out to unwind from the hustle and bustle.

Abode Iota Security . System

smart security system

Positives

  • Built-in HD camera, siren and motion detection

  • Convenient key fob control

  • Easy-to-use web and mobile apps

  • Easy multi-device automation

Negatives

  • cheap construction

  • Android App Problems

  • disappointing sound

This first product is a bit of a cheat because it has multiple products, but safety is important—especially if you’re not in a dorm all the time. The Abode Iota Security System base start package comes with a base station with a built-in security camera, door/window sensor, and remote control switch. This small set of accessories is all you need to know if anyone is entering when you are not at home. In addition, you can connect the primary hub through Wi-Fi ethernet and cellular so that you always get the notifications.

Even better, you can constantly add to Iota’s security system to protect every window or room. You can also connect the system to Google Assistant, Apple Homekit, and Amazon Alexa.

Iota house

Abode Iota Security . System

smart security system

Amazon Echo Show 10 on a table.

Echo Show 10

smart screen

Positives

  • Smooth and Quiet Stirring

  • Effectively doubles as a security camera

  • Incredible audio performance

Negatives

  • Fragile plastic body

Next, you need a smart display, and that’s where Amazon’s Echo Show 10 comes in. There are several reasons why you might want to have a smart display in your vacation home. For example, you can request lots of information on local things, including traffic, weather, and attractions to help you stay up to date with what’s happening in the area.

The Echo Show is an exceptionally cool smart display whose title feature is that the screen rotates around the base to follow you around the room. As a result, you’ll never look back and have your Echo Show in a less than perfect viewing position. In addition, the screen is large and clear and includes a 13MP webcam that you can use to make detailed video calls.

The smart screen can also double as an entertainment device. If you absolutely want to, you can listen to music and watch videos on most models. The base of the Echo Show 10 includes two high frequency speakers and a subwoofer to deliver room-filling sound. Being able to talk to Alexa to play music as soon as you step back inside is a wonderful, relaxing treat. You can also use the Echo Show to view video channels from Abode Iota from earlier.

Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd generation)

Echo Show 10

smart screen

Ecobee wall mounted thermostat.

Ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium

smart thermostat

Positives

  • It learns from your habits when to raise and lower the temperature

  • Can save money on heating bill

  • Supports Alexa / Siri, SmartThings and IFTTT

Negatives

  • May be overkill for some users

  • No built-in Google Assistant

Finally, can you really have a home that you don’t have temperature control? Imagine coming from the beach to a completely cold house or a mountain climbing trip to a warm inviting environment. Then the latest Smart Thermostat Premium from Ecobee has you covered. They provide not only comfort and learning, but also security, which you should keep in mind, especially since you are not around often. You want appliances to take care of the house when you can’t.

Of course, your smart thermostat learns your patterns to raise and lower the temperature depending on where you are in the house. This variable temperature automation also helps lower bills throughout the year, thanks to less wasted energy.

These latest generations of Ecobee thermostats are also equipped with a new radar sensor that can determine if you or anyone else is in the area. You can see all this information in the app or pair it with your Echo Show 10 to view on a larger screen. Not only will it pair with your Amazon Alexa device, but you can configure it to be Alexa built in to add another smart assistant in your home. You can have the Ecobee upstairs, the Echo Show downstairs, and you basically have Alexa all over your house.

ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium with Siri, Alexa, Built-in Air Quality Monitor and Smart Sensor

Ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium

smart thermostat

These smart devices will help you create a home that keeps you informed, entertained, comfortable, and safe year-round – even when you’re not there. Connecting all these devices together and setting up the automation rules will be the next step in elevating your vacation home into a smart home.

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