The Skytech Guide to the Ultimate Smart Vacation

Enjoy Your Summer Vacation With Peace of Mind

Vacations are meant to be a time of relaxation and enjoyment, but leaving your home unattended can sometimes cause unnecessary stress. We just took a long and amazing trip to Alaska and had nary a concern about leaving our home alone, thanks to the power of smart technology. Being an employee of, I get to access the same suite of smart home products that over seven million customers do, all who ensure their homes are secure and well-maintained, even while they are away. We used all the following tricks while we were gone, and thought we’d share so that you can enjoy your own worry-free vacation.

Smart Locks: Let Your Neighbors Help

One of the best ways to keep your home in good shape while you’re away is to enlist the help of a trusted neighbor. With smart locks, you can grant temporary access to your home without handing over a physical key. Simply use the app to create a unique access code for your neighbor, allowing them to water your plants or check on your home. You can even set specific days and times for when their code is active, ensuring your home remains secure upon your return. Thanks Karen!

Keep an Eye on Your Home with Smart Cameras

AI-powered smart cameras provide real-time video monitoring, so you can keep an eye on your home from anywhere in the world. Whether you’re lounging on a beach or exploring a new city, you can check in on your property with just a few taps on your smartphone. High-definition video and night vision capabilities ensure you have a clear view, day or night. Plus, with smart motion detection alerts and AI-enhanced doorbell cameras, you’ll be notified immediately if there’s any unexpected activity, and you can even use your camera to scare off unwanted guests. Of course, you may be surprised by how much wildlife you capture around your home while you experience new animals during your vacation.

Multiple Smart Cameras keep an eye on your property while you are on vacation

Weather Monitoring and Remote Sprinkler Control

Keeping your garden lush and green while you’re away is easy with’s weather monitoring and remote sprinkler control. Check the local weather forecast through the app and adjust your sprinkler system in the same app. If a sudden heatwave is predicted, you can increase the watering schedule to ensure your plants and lawn stay hydrated. Conversely, if rain is on the horizon, you can turn off the sprinklers to conserve water – or even know if your basement is getting wet.

FWIW, we invented a remotely-triggered wet-vac that can be turned on anywhere in the world via the app thanks to a sweet Z-Wave power switch.

Adjust Your Thermostat Remotely

There’s no need to worry about wasting energy while you’re on vacation. With a smart thermostat, you can adjust the temperature of your home remotely.

Change the thermostat via the app to save on needless air conditioning energy costs while you’re away, and then adjust it to a comfortable level before you board your plane.

This ensures your home is energy-efficient and comfortable upon your arrival.

Simulate Someone Being Home with Automated Lights

One of the best ways to deter potential intruders is to make it appear as though someone is home. Smart lighting allows you to automate your lights, creating the illusion of occupancy. Set your lights to turn on and off at random intervals or according to a schedule that mimics your usual routine, or just open the app while looking at glaciers to turn on a light or two, then turn them off before you go to bed. This simple trick can significantly enhance your home’s security by scaring away would-be evil-doers.

Smart lights and a smart water vacuum can save your home and provide peace of mind while you are on vacation

Smart Arm Your Alarm System

Finally, ensure your home is protected with’s Smart Arming feature. Before you leave, set your alarm. Then, configure it to turn off automatically when your neighbor uses their code to water your plants.’s Smart Arm auto-arming feature will make it so you won’t have to worry about forgetting to arm your system. Of course if any unexpected activity is detected, you’ll receive instant alerts, allowing you to take immediate action.


With’s innovative smart home products, you can enjoy your vacation with the peace of mind that your home is secure and well-maintained. From smart locks and cameras to remote thermostat control and automated lighting, these technologies make it easy to manage your home from anywhere. So go ahead, relax and enjoy your time away, knowing that has got you covered.

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