It’s easy to keep your house safe and secure when you leave home for an extended trip. You want to know that everything will look exactly the same as when you left with nothing missing and pets that are safe and happy. These simple ideas and devices will help you make sure your home is safe and in good condition when you return.
The first thing most people probably think of for home security is a security system. When you set up and use a security system, you can monitor and secure your home much better than with a simple bolt lock. Modern security systems can do amazing things such as providing locks with electronic keys you can hand out to house sitters and delete once you get back, cameras with HD video feed that live stream to your phone and more.
Light timers allow you to make it look like someone is at home with the use of light. Simply plug your floor and table lamps into a timer, plug the timer into the wall and set the hours you want the lights to turn on and off. Modern timers can go one step farther by remembering your habits and when you tend to turn each light on and off. When you set your light timer to “away” mode they’ll keep up your lighting habits.
Remote Programmable Thermostat
Keeping the house at the perfect temperature doesn’t matter when nobody is home but you still shouldn’t turn off the thermostat completely. Water pipes can freeze and burst if you don’t keep them warm in winter and humid summer days can lead to mold growth without an air conditioner to cool and dry the air. On top of that, the plants and pets you leave behind both appreciate some climate control. Thankfully, a modern programmable HVAC system allows you to easily keep your home in good shape while using less energy.
Automatic Pet Feeders
For most pets, it’s usually not the best idea to leave a big pile of food and water when you go on vacation. Many pet stores sell automatic pet feeders and water fountains that dispense your pet’s meal on a schedule. You can also buy gravity feeders that keeps your pet supplied for several days. You’ll still need a pet sitter to let the dog out.
It’s perfectly normal to feel a little anxiety when you have to leave home for a while but it shouldn’t keep you from enjoying yourself on vacation. Invest in a few safety and security features for your house and you’ll have fewer reasons to worry about what you’ll find when you come back home.
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