5 Home Automation Ideas for Your Miramar Beach Vacation Home
Managing and Securing Your Vacation Home is Easy with Smart Technology
Have you recently acquired or built your dream vacation home in Miramar Beach? When you’re not there enjoying the Florida sunshine and the Gulf breezes, there’s no need to worry about the state of your abode. Whether you rent it out for income or you want to monitor your property for safety and security, smart home automation technologies can keep you abreast of what’s happening.
Based in Rosemary Beach, GHT Group is your local home automation services company that can help you set up your vacation home for easy management while you’re there or away. Learn about five smart automation ideas below!
Video Cameras and Doorbells
Smart video surveillance might be the most valuable vacation home smart feature. Smart video cameras can monitor just about any area of your property, inside and out. Video doorbells like the Control4 Chime can also monitor your front entry for visitors, package delivery, and undue activity. But you want to ensure that you choose wisely; you want cameras that are wired and not battery powered (especially outdoors), which also tie into a comprehensive home automation platform. That way, if a camera detects something unexpected, your system can spring into action with other deterrents like lights and alarms.
Smart locks are a natural fit for vacation homes. If you occasionally rent your property, instead of physical keys, you can grant conditional access to your guests for the length of their stay. When no one is there, you can check your locks at a glance and secure any doors left unlocked with a tap on a smartphone app, like Control4's 4Sight. If you need services at your home, your video doorbell can alert you when they're there, remotely let you open your home, and secure everything when they're done.
Florida homes make extensive use of air conditioning, and too much cooling when no one is at your property is wasteful and adds to the energy bill. A smart thermostat can be programmed for smart cooling temperatures and can adjust automatically to the outside weather for further energy efficiency. Plus, when you're at your vacation home, the system can detect you are there and revert to your preferred settings for comfort and convenience.
Smart lighting lets you manage lights efficiently when you're away. Turn on landscape and entry lighting at sunset and turn it off at sunrise for safety and security. You can have different lights in your home go on and off to simulate your patterns, too, warding off any would-be intruders. With a Control4 home automation system, this ability even has a name – Mockupancy. Not only lights can participate, but also other smart features like motorized window treatments and shades and even your TVs and sound system. When you’re at your vacation home, smart lighting adds comfort and convenience. Clearly labeled and backlit smart wall keypads can set a complete lighting scene with one touch. For your guests, it’s even easier to control lighting while keeping it energy efficient.
What's easier than managing a home with your voice? When hands are occupied, voice commands can turn on lights, raise shades, call up music on your whole home audio system, and much more. If you have guests using your home, imagine how easy it is for them to do these things with simple voice commands – and of course, for you too! A Control4 smart home system can integrate with popular smart speakers like Amazon Alexa and Google Home, but for even more intuitive and powerful control, a system like Josh.ai will take voice control to another level.
Ready to add smart, convenient, powerful home automation services to your Miramar Beach residence? Contact our Florida office here or start a chat below to quickly connect with one of our experts. We look forward to working with you!