You can of course ask your neighbors to water your plants and look after your house during your holiday. But nowadays there are also a lot of products on the market with which you can keep an eye on things from your holiday address.
In the run-up to the summer holidays, market research agency GfK sees a peak in the sale of holiday-related smart home equipment. Smart doorbells, cameras, alarm systems and watering systems are sold more often than average during that period.
With the right smart home equipment, you don’t have to ask the neighbors to look after your house during your holiday. “Smart doorbells, lamps, cameras, a watering system for your plants and possibly an alarm system are especially useful,” says smart home expert Olaf Weijers of Tweakers.
Weijers also finds it useful that smart devices give you insight into the energy consumption in your home. “It lets you see if you’ve accidentally left a device on. That check gives you peace of mind.”
Smart lamp as an alternative to the timer
The police also advises not to switch off all devices during your holiday. For example, it is smart to leave a lamp on. You can do this with a timer, but also with a smart lamp. Weijers: “Did you know that a smart lamp that you can operate with your mobile phone is often cheaper than a good time switch?”
You can connect a smart lamp to your WiFi network. Then you operate it from an app. You can also set a timer in most apps. Then the lamp will turn on and off at the times you set.
In the run-up to the summer holidays, market researcher GfK notices a remarkable decline in the sale of smart lamps. But smart watering systems, for example, are sold two to three times as often during that period.
Watering plants with timer or app
With a watering system you no longer have to look at your friends, family or neighbors and ask them to take care of your plants during your holiday. You can opt for a simple irrigation computer that works like a timer. It waters your plants at preset times. Unfortunately also on a rainy day.
There are also smart watering systems. The disadvantage is that they are three to six times as expensive as a simple irrigation computer. The advantage of a smart version is that you can operate it from your holiday address via an app. You can also have your smart home keep an eye on the weather forecast so that it won’t be sprayed if it starts to rain an hour later.
“In addition, you can often also use smart irrigation systems with a so-called soil moisture sensor,” explains Weijers van Tweakers. “Your plants then only get water when the soil is dry. That saves water.”
Burglars don’t like to be in the picture
Last year, just before the holidays, GfK also saw an increase in sales of security systems, security cameras and smart doorbells. “For example, you immediately receive a notification on your phone as soon as unusual movements are detected in or around your home,” says Weijers.
According to the smart home expert, a smart security system and smart cameras provide peace of mind: you can keep an eye on your house yourself.
In addition, according to Weijers, smart cameras even work preventively. “They offer more obstacles for burglars. They don’t like to be seen, so there is a good chance that they will miss your house.”
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