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Rise and Shine: Automating Your Mornings for an Easier Rise

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Rise and Shine: Automating Your Mornings for an Easier Rise

by Vault Smart Home


We all have personal morning routines, whether we rise before the sun does or barely make it out of bed before it comes down for the day. Here are a few ways smartening and automating your morning routine can make getting up just a little easier.


Make the process a little easier on the eyes

For much of human history, work and leisure hours revolved around sunrise and sunset. By using smart lighting and routines, your morning can begin less abruptly than simply switching on the lights. With this automation, mornings can be easier on the eyes than ever before!

Get Your morning Joe on demand

While your morning routine may include a stop by the local cafe or coffee shop, the fastest way to get your caffeine fix is at home using technology. Having a smart plug allows any coffee maker with a mechanical switch to connect to your smart home ecosystem. A simple plug combined with voice commands or automated routines eliminates the need to wait in line or drive out of the way for your coffee.

Wake up as snug or frigid as needed

One major deterrent from people getting up is the ambient temperature in their bedroom. Getting out of your warm bed to meet with the cold, hardwood or concrete floor can seem torturous after a good night’s sleep. Through thermostat automation, you can ensure your room is as warm or cool as your body needs to get the day started ideally!


While there are many convincing reasons for upgrading your smart home, morning routine improvements are among the most persuasive. If you have any interest in giving your morning routine a boost, or automating any other part of your day to smooth out rough patches, call Vault.Smart Home or visit vaultsmarthome.com today!

Five Smart Things You Can Do with a Video Doorbell

Video doorbell demonstration

Five Smart Things You Can Do with a Video Doorbell

by alarm.com

Thinking about a video doorbell for your home? You're not alone. This connected front door device has been one of 2016's biggest and most popular smart home hits.

It's a doorbell, a video camera, and a two-way communications device all wrapped into one—and it gets even better when it's installed as part of a smart home security system. Here are five really useful things you can do with one.

1: Answer the door from anywhere

When a visitor rings your video doorbell, it chimes like an ordinary doorbell but you also get an alert on your smartphone app. Tap the alert and you'll see a live video stream of your visitor. They can't see you but you can see them, and you can have a conversation through the doorbell's speaker and microphone.

This applies whether you're at home or away, enabling you to answer your door from the couch, from bed, or from your desk at work.

2: Secure a delivered package

Ever experienced the anxiety of having a valuable package being left on your porch when you're not there? With a video doorbell installed as part of your smart home security system, you won't need to worry.

When the delivery driver rings the bell, you can ask them to leave the package inside, unlocking your front door with the smart lock icon that appears on the video call. When they step outside again and close the door, you can lock up just as easily.

3: Catch a suspicious caller in the act

As part of a smart home security system, your video doorbell becomes a full security camera, able to capture motion-triggered clips, alert you, and store your clips in Alarm.com's cloud for later viewing.

It's a great way to keep an eye on activity around your porch and driveway, which are the busiest outdoor areas on your property. At night, the camera can even trigger your porch light to come on when there's motion, giving you a well-lit video clip.

Should your camera catch something amiss—a suspicious caller or a prowling package thief, you'll find it easy to download the clip and share it with your local police department.

4: Keep up with the kids

Of course, much of the motion on your porch is welcome, and a video clip of it can be reassuring. For example, you can use your Alarm.com-powered video doorbell to send you a daily video alert when your kids arrive home from school. As well as knowing they're home safe, you can see exactly who they're with.

Kids also enjoy using video doorbells as a one-way ‘FaceTime' device, ringing the bell when you're at work to say hello and give you a wave.

5: Sleep undisturbed

Finally, what about the one time you don't want to hear from your kids? We're talking about nap time, the worst time imaginable for a loud doorbell chime to reverberate through your home.

An Alarm.com-powered video doorbell safeguards your hour of afternoon peace with ‘Do Not Disturb' mode: a mode that switches the chime off, but still sends you a text alert when a visitor rings the bell. Just open your app, see who's there, then decide (quietly) whether to answer or not.

Tech Upgrades for the Millennial Homeowner

Tech Upgrades for the Millennial Homeowner

Tech Upgrades for the Millennial Homeowner

by Vault Smart Home


Only a third of US Millennials own homes, yet they are still the largest home-buying demographic and trends put Millennials on pace to start buying homes at a rapid pace. Whether you are a home-owner looking to sell your home, a real estate investor trying to capitalize on trends, or simply a discerning buyer looking to make a starter home a home to remember, here are a few ways smart home technology can improve your home.


Smart monitoring to keep your children safe and secure


Many Millennial families are dual-income and have non-traditional work schedules, leading to times when children may not be within eyesight.  For the times when the kids are in another room or have a babysitter, indoor cameras and monitoring apps can allow you to be productive or enjoy your time away knowing your children are properly cared for.


Lock down your home with security and safety features


Traditional safety equipment can ensure break-ins are responded to in a timely manner, but what about the times when an intruder hasn’t struck yet?  Today, many products and services are available to screen visitors, lock-down entrances, and allow easier access to trusted visitors.  Features Millennial buyers are seeking to aid home security include smart locks, doorbell cameras, and smart home ecosystem integration.


Save money on utilities and essentials

Even though Millennials are more educated than other age cohorts in general, buying power of this group is lower than ever before.  Consequently, Millennials are interested in purchasing an economically-sound home.  For homebuyers interested in saving money, smart thermostats and lighting are attractive accoutrements and could easily increase the value of a home for sale.


Now that you’re aware of the benefits of smartening up the home for the current generation of homebuyers, it’s time to invest in some tech upgrades.  Whether you’re still on the fence and want to learn more about smart homes or are ready to capitalize now on tech upgrades, visit vaultsmarthome.com or give us a call today.