As the weather gets colder, you might find yourself spending less time at the cottage and asking… "When I’m not at my vacation home, how can I help keep it safe?"
With a place you love and want to protect, out of sight does not equal out of mind. You can check and double-check every window and door; you'll still worry about your home away from home.
Give yourself peace of mind this year with a smart home security system protected by ADT. Our security technology proactively helps to protect your vacation home all year round, both from crime and from everyday problems that arise when you're away. Controlled with a smartphone app, it lets you check in visually anytime and control aspects of the home remotely, giving you an instant link to your vacation home in the palm of your hand.
Here's what you'll gain from this smart, affordable investment.
Professional protection from crime
Whether you have valuable equipment stored there or not, your empty vacation home is always a potential target for burglars or vandals. Smart home security is both a visible deterrent, and a proactive line of defense against crime.
ADT’s interactive services come with 24/7 professional security monitoring. If an intruder breaks in, your system will quickly detect them and alert our monitoring station, where a security professional will assess the situation and contact you.
Easy access control with smart locks
If you're considering renting your second home to vacationers, smart access control is essential, and ADT’s interactive services offer the complete solution. You can create temporary, four-digit codes for your smart lock which expire after a set time. When your guests leave, your interactive system deletes the code and they'll no longer have access.
For trusted contractors, or a cleaning service, you can create a permanent code. You have the option to receive a smartphone alert every time a code is used, which makes it easy to keep track of who's coming or going. When you know the house is empty again, you can use your app to check the status of all locks, and re-arm your security system for protection.
Remote control of your home's thermostat
Your smart home security system can include a smart thermostat which gives you control of the property's heating and cooling system via your phone.
This is particularly useful if you're renting to guests. You can set high and low thresholds on the thermostat which allow them to adjust it only within a given range, keeping your energy bills to a minimum while still allowing them to customize the temperature. When guests leave, you can set the thermostat back yourself to save energy, or have your app do this automatically when you remotely arm the security system.
If there's ever a sudden temperature drop in mid-winter—for example indicating a heating malfunction, your thermostat will alert you so that you can arrange for a local professional to visit the house before any pipes burst due to freezing.
Early awareness of problems around your property
A low temperature alert from your smart thermostat is just one example of how ADT’s smart technology can detect and respond to problems that other security systems can't notice. Your smartphone app keeps you up-to-date on all sorts of important things, and it's easy to set up a range of alerts for different events around your property.
Another example is water leaks, which can cause thousands of dollars in damage if not addressed quickly. You can place smart water sensors in danger areas—under sinks, or in the basement by the sump pump—which will alert you in the event of a burst pipe. You'll be able to call a local professional to the house immediately, minimizing the damage and the cleanup costs.
If there's a fire at the property and you have smart smoke detectors connected to your system, you can even set the app to turn off the ventilation system, thereby reducing the spread of smoke and fire.
Security that doesn't rely on broadband
Unlike many connected security products which only work via broadband connection, ADT’s interactive services use a wireless, dedicated cellular connection to communicate with our monitoring station. This means that you don't have to pay for broadband during the off season, and your property will stay connected even if there's a power outage.
Want to get started before you close up the cottage for good?
Call ADT Canada today at 800-653-9111 or visit protectron.com. Our security experts will help you set up interactive services for your vacation home, for peace of mind and a year-round connection to the place you love.
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