Record numbers of Americans are going on vacation and leaving homes vacant
PROVO, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A record 40 million people plan to travel this Memorial Day weekend to kick off the summer travel season. With more homes left unoccupied, there is a greater need for homeowners to be able to secure and control their homes remotely.
Smart home technology connects travelers to their homes while away. For example, David and Jani Larsen of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, found their Vivint smart home system to be an essential part of their successful Las Vegas vacation. With a dog sitter and in-laws who needed access to their home, they needed to ensure everything would run smoothly in their absence.
"Our Vivint smart home system made our vacation so much easier to manage successfully," said Jani Larsen. "We were able to check in on our dogs, keep an eye on package deliveries, unlock the door for visitors and check activity logs to ensure the safety of our home."
Professionally monitored smart home systems offer the best way to remotely manage your home, not only during vacation season, but also throughout the year. From the Vivint Smart Home app, you can manage common concerns and challenges anytime you're away including:
Visitor access - You can see, hear and speak with visitors at your front door without having to be there in person using the live video feed and two-way talk feature of the Vivint Doorbell Camera. Whether it's a contractor needing access to make repairs, or a neighbor needing to borrow something, you can remotely unlock your home or open the garage door, eliminating the need to leave an extra key behind. You can also arm and disarm your security system when letting anyone inside your home.
Home security - The highest percentage of burglaries occur in the summer months. A professionally monitored smart home system immediately alerts both you and the monitoring center in the case of unwanted intrusion. You can also use indoor and outdoor cameras to view your property anytime, from anywhere. In addition to protecting against home invasion, smart home systems equipped with flood sensors and smoke detectors provide another layer of protection and will trigger an alert in case of flood or fire.
Energy savings - The artificial intelligence of Vivint's smart home assistant Sky recognizes when you're on vacation and automatically manages your home's energy usage. Sky will adjust the temperature to conserve energy while you are gone and will ensure an optimal temperature when you return.
Airbnb hosting - As the preferred smart home provider for Airbnb, Vivint simplifies the hosting experience. Automatic keyless access eliminates the need for a key exchange and secures the home after guests check out. Hosts can also greet and verify guests remotely using the Vivint Doorbell Camera.
"We go on vacations to build valuable memories and escape the stress of our day-to-day lives," said Steve Dixon, senior vice president of customer experience and operations at Vivint Smart Home. "Leaving your most substantial investment unattended while on vacation can actually be a source of stress. With a smart home system, you can regularly check on your home from anywhere in the world, or have confidence that your system will notify you of any problems."
For more information on how a Vivint smart home provides greater control for homeowners while on vacation, visit www.vivint.com.
About Vivint Smart Home
Vivint Smart Home is the leading provider of smart home services in North America. Vivint delivers an integrated smart home system with in-home consultation, professional installation and support delivered by its Smart Home Pros, as well as 24-7 customer care and monitoring. Dedicated to redefining the home experience with intelligent products and services, Vivint serves more than one million customers throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.vivint.com.