Summer-Proof Your Home

Summer vacations are meant to rejuvenate and excite. A trip to the beach or the mountains can act as your own little escape from reality. You can de-stress and detox while the sun's out. But prepping for a vacation can cause the need for even more de-stressing than your trip was equipped for. Checklists filled with items to pack and things to do before departure can become miles long before you know it. And worries about who will watch the cat and pick up the mail can cloud your relaxed mindset.


We want to help ease your mind. One of the most concerning things about leaving your home is making sure it is well-taken care of - and letting everyone outside of your home know that. We rounded up five of the best gadgets to vacation-proof your home before leaving on your getaway.


With the August Smart Lock

you can avoid that nagging, "Did I lock all the doors?" in your head. Lock up your home from your smartphone. And let people in when you're away. Instead of hiding a key under the doormat for your dog walker, simply unlock the door from your phone to let them inside.

BeON's light bulbs and app

can help you with controlling the lighting in your home. You can set the lights to "away mode," which sets a schedule to keep your home looking occupied. Lights also turn on when your home security system is alerted or when the doorbell rings. This product will help you know your home is safe and secure, no matter how far away you are.

Belkin's WeMo Light Switch

not only allows you to program your lights to turn on and off at specified times, it can also be controlled by sunlight. When you enter your city and state into the WeMo app, your Light Switch can be affected directly by the light outside. So when you're out of town, you won't have to worry that you left a light on. Your lights can be set to appropriate on/off schedules at all times of day and night.

There are a lot of reasons MySmartBlinds are so smart

but the benefits of automatic and scheduled open, close and tilt times for your blinds really go beyond enabling you to wake up to sunlight and giving you privacy when the sun goes down. With access to set-and-forget scheduling, you can ensure that the blinds in your home are open during the day and closed at night, so when you're not there, it will look like you are. Smart.

With Nest

you can turn your thermostat to "away," so it will automatically adjust your home's temperature. And with Nest Cam, when your thermostat is set to "away," your camera turns on, for home security at all times. Also, Nest will alert you via your smartphone if anything affects your home's temperature.

Happy travels! And don't forget to pack a toothbrush.