How tech can look after your home

Going on holiday should be a relaxing, experience where you can feel like you leave your worries behind — but some of us spend the first three hours of a trip worrying if we’ve left the gas on or if the front door is wide open. That’s OK. It’s totally normal to have some anxiety about what’s going on in your home while you’re away and, luckily, there’s now plenty of technology that can help put your mind at ease.

While there are some classic gadgets that can help keep your home safe — like timed lights that make it look like the house is still occupied — technology has come so far in the last few years alone. If you want some reassurance and like the idea of being able to keep an eye on your home from anywhere in the world, here’s what you should keep in mind.

 

Indoor Cameras Help You Feel Safe And Secure — Wherever You Are

If you’re worried about what’s happening at home while you’re on holiday, there’s nothing better than being able to see it with your own eyes. There are so many modern cameras that link to a smartphone app, allowing you to see what's happening in your home in real time. From budget options from the Hive camera family to more swish choices like the Netgear Arlo Pro 2 (complete with an 8x digital zoom, a 'smart siren, and even a Night Vision mode), there are plenty of options out there that will fit your needs.

 

Keep An Eye On Your Pets While You’re Away

Not just worried about your home, but also who’s in it? Petcube doesn’t just let you monitor your pet remotely so you can make sure that your furry friend is safe — you can also interact with them and give them treats, from wherever you are in the world. Talk about living in the future.

 

Find An All-In-One Kit

If you’re nervous about everything from the oven to a burglar, an all-in-one kit might be the right option for you. The Vivitar Deluxe Home Automation Starter Kit not only offers night-vision and motion-sensing cameras that stream to your phone, it also links your sockets up to the same app — so you can be sure that your belongings are safe and that yes, you did turn off that iron. And if you forgot to unplug something, you can turn it off from your phone.

 

Don’t Forget The Simple Touches

It’s easy to get caught up in all of the cool gear and forget about the basics. A simple camera on your front doorstep is a really effective tool — not only to let you monitor who’s coming and going but to deter potential burglars by letting them know you take security seriously. Having those security measures in place outside of the home can be a great deterrent. The RING Video Doorbell will even call you everytime someone rings the doorbell, so you can talk to them, wherever you are.

 

Talk To A Security Company

If you feel like your home has some unique security challenges or you’re interested in a more bespoke setup, that’s easier to handle than you might think. Most security companies offer personalized services, so don’t be afraid to contact them directly.

Some people are naturally more anxious than others — and that can make leaving your home unoccupied a challenge. Don’t feel embarrassed about finding it nerve-wracking — so many of us do — instead, focus on solutions for putting your mind at ease. Technology has come a long way, so you can feel comfortable knowing what’s going on with your home — inside and out.