3 must-have smart products for your vacation home

Summer is almost here and it’s time to go on vacation. Some of us are lucky enough to have another home outside of our primary residence to travel throughout the year. If this is you, then this list is for you. There are plenty of smart devices out there to turn your home into something more important, but not all of them are vital for a vacation home. Below are the three products you need as soon as you step outside to unwind from the hustle and bustle.

Adobe Iota Security System

Smart security system

Advantages

  • Integrated HD camera, siren and motion detection

  • Convenient key fob control

  • User-friendly web and mobile application

  • Easy automation of multiple devices

The inconvenients

  • Cheap construction

  • Android app issues

  • Disappointing audio

This first product is kind of a cheat because it has multiple products, but safety is important, especially if you’re not in a residence all the time. The Abode Iota Security System Basic Starter Kit comes with a base station with an included security camera, door/window sensor and remote key fob. This mini assortment of accessories is all you need to know if someone comes in when you’re not home. Plus, you can connect the base hub via Wi-Fi and cellular Ethernet so you always get notifications.

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

Iota Abode

Adobe Iota Security System

Smart security system

Amazon Echo Show 10 on a bedside table.

Echo Show 10

Smart display

Advantages

  • Smooth and quiet panning

  • Effectively doubles as a security camera

  • Incredible audio performance

The inconvenients

  • Fragile plastic construction

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

The Echo Show is an exceptionally great smart display, as its main 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 the Echo Show in a suboptimal viewing position. Plus, the screen is big and crisp and includes a crisp 13-megapixel webcam that you can use for detailed video calls.

A smart display can also serve 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 tweeters and a subwoofer to deliver room-filling sound. Being able to talk to Alexa to play music as soon as you come inside is a sweet and relaxing treat. You can also use Echo Show to view Abode Iota video streams earlier.

Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen)

Echo Show 10

Smart display

Ecobee thermostat mounted on a wall.

Ecobee Premium Smart Thermostat

Smart Thermostat

Advantages

  • Learns from your habits when to raise and lower the temperature

  • Can save money on heating bill

  • Supports Alexa/Siri, SmartThings and IFTTT

The inconvenients

  • May be overkill for some users

  • No built-in Google Assistant

Finally, can you really have a house where you don’t control the temperature? Imagine coming from the beach to a perfectly chilled home or a mountain hike in a warm and inviting environment. Then Ecobee’s latest Smart Thermostat Premium has you covered. Not only does it offer convenience and learning, but also security, which is something to keep in mind, especially since you’re not there often. You want appliances to take care of the house when you can’t.

Of course, the smart thermostat learns your habits to raise and lower the temperature based on where you are in the house. This automation of temperature changes also helps reduce bills throughout the year, thanks to less wasted energy.

These latest generations of Ecobee thermostats also come with a new radar sensor that can determine if you or someone else is in the area. You can see all of this information in the app or pair it with the Echo Show 10 to display it on a bigger screen. It won’t just pair with an Amazon Alexa device, but you can configure it to have Alexa built-in to add another smart assistant to your home. You could have the Ecobee upstairs, the Echo Show downstairs, and basically Alexa all over your house.

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

Ecobee Premium Smart Thermostat

Smart Thermostat

These smart devices will help you create a home that will keep you informed, entertained, comfortable and safe all year round, even when you’re away. Connecting all these devices together and setting up automation rules will be the next step in making your vacation home a smart home.

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