Smart Home Tech Takes the Stress Out of Holiday Entertaining

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But along with all the holiday cheer and festive celebrating, comes the hustle and bustle of shopping and decorating the house, entertaining guests and preparing special meals, shopping, traveling and a slew of other holiday-related tasks. Enjoy the season while cutting back on the holiday stress and chaos, by putting your home automation system to work for you.

Smart home technology can automate tasks like lighting, heating and playing Christmas music, freeing you up to concentrate on more important things like socializing with family and friends when you entertain this holiday season. So, soak up more holiday joy – and enjoy more stress-free time – this year by programming your smart tech to enhance your celebrations.

Cozy Temperatures

Baby it’s cold outside, but inside your guests will enjoy the cozy atmosphere. Your smart thermostat will ensure that company stays warm and toasty by adjusting to the ideal temperature based on the weather conditions and time of day. If your home is occupied by a large group of people and you have the oven on for a prolonged period preparing a holiday meal, the inside temperature may be too warm. Program the thermostat to set back approximately two degrees for every 10 people.

Light Up Your Home

Festive holiday lighting is just the tap of a button away. Smart light switches and dimmers enable you to control all the lights in your home from a mobile device. Dim the lights to create a soft holiday mood perfect for mingling or Christmas movie watching; or raise lights to play games with friends and family. You can even connect indoor and outdoor Christmas lights, including tree lights, to your home automation system, making them easier to operate. Sync your holiday lights to your Christmas playlist for even more seasonal fun.

Set the Scene

Create a holiday “scene” to make your gatherings come to life in minutes. Program Christmas lights to come on and house lights to adjust to the desired brightness, shades to close, room temperature to set, and music to come on with the push of just one button, freeing you up to spend more time socializing and serving guests.

Make Overnight Guests Feel at Home

If you’re hosting family and friends for an extended stay this holiday season, make them feel at home by giving them the freedom to come and go from shopping trips or other holiday activities as they please. Use your smart door locks to assign guests temporary entry codes that enable them to lock and unlock the front door as needed, and expire once their trip ends.

Sweet Dreams

Once the holiday celebrating ends, use your home automation system to easily shut things down for the night so you can drift off into dreamland. Push the goodnight button to arm the security system, lock doors and turn off lights and music.

Spend more time being merry and less time rushing around this holiday season with smart technology! If you’re not already living in a smart home, there’s never been a better time than the holiday season to integrate automation technology into your daily living.

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