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February 26, 2020

How to Use Your Smart Home System So Your Pets Can Be Home When You Aren't

Family Dog on Camera Via Smart Phone

The summer season is one of the busiest travel times of the year. Whether you're traveling near or far, vacationing may mean you're away from home for an extended amount of time. Unfortunately, there’s one family member that typically misses out on all the fun: your pets.

While some families choose to board their pets while they’re away, smart home technology may make it possible to leave them at home. Here are some of the best ways to use your smart home to keep your pets comfortable when you're traveling.

Stay in touch with smart cameras

WiFi-connected smart cameras make it easy for families to keep an eye on their homes. Not only can they detect motion, alert you to intruders, and capture some of your kids' funniest moments before you think to pull your camera out, they can also help you stay connected to your pet when you’re away.

A recent survey conducted by Comcast revealed that more than 70% of families use smart cameras to keep an eye on their pets while on vacation, and for good reason. Smart cameras give you a live look into large sections of your home. Use the Xfinity Home app to check for a live look to make sure Fido is safe and happy. Xfinity Home's smart cameras feature night vision, and 24/7 recording is available for an additional cost, so you can also view a play-by-play of your furry friend’s daily activities (including the trouble they may have caused while you’re gone). It’s one of the best tools for peace of mind.

Control their environment with smart sensors and gadgets

Aside from checking in on your pets, you also want to make sure your home is comfortable for them while you’re away. A few popular smart home products can help in this area.

Smart thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature of your home, especially if an unexpected hot or cold front comes through. Smart lights and plugs can automatically turn on the lights throughout the house and even turn on the TV or radio to keep your pet company. Motion sensors help make sure pets stay where they’re supposed to be, and some can even sound a momentary alarm or noise if they wander into a forbidden room, like the pantry.

You might even combine these gadgets to set up advanced automations for your pets. For instance, if your cat wanders into the kitchen around mealtime, a motion sensor can turn the lights on and trigger a smart plug to activate an automated feeder. With the right gadgets and automations, your pets may not even realize that you’re away.

Use smart locks to help caretakers

As great as smart home tech can be, sometimes your pets need a human touch. Whether you have a neighbor or family friend on call, a smart lock gives you a simple way to control their access to your home. Set up a pin code that only works the days that you’ll be away, and limit the hours it can be used. A smart camera at the entryway of your home will let you know when they come and go.

Nobody wants to leave their beloved four-legged family members, but if you must be gone, at least you can sleep soundly knowing that your pets are safe and happy. Xfinity Home has all you need to create a smart home that works for your unique needs.