This post is part of my partnership with the
US Cellular Blogger Brigade Ambassador Program.
Ahhh, summertime, and vacation time!
Every summer we try to plan a family vacation. It’s a time for us to be together as a family, eat copious amounts of food, laugh until our sides ache and create memories that last a lifetime.
Even though I’m having great time, I do worry about leaving our home unattended for extended periods of time.
According to a U.S. Department of Justice study, crime rates increase more than 10 percent in the summer months.
Wireless devices like an iPad, Galaxy S5 or iPhone paired with U.S. Cellular’s 4G Network and national coverage can keep you connected to your home while you are relaxing on the beach.
A growing number of apps and accessories can help you stay connected:
The GPS feature on smartphones can track users on their drive home and automatically turn on lighting and appliances. Users can also be alerted if someone gets home and disarms a security system.
Smart thermostats allow users to remotely manage home temperature to save money and stay comfortable in changeable weather conditions. And Wi-Fi-enabled smoke and carbon monoxide alarms alert you to emergencies even if you’re not home to hear the alarm.
Nest is a family of Wi-Fi-enabled devices and apps lets customers maintain comfortable and efficient temperatures, and monitor safety of your home wherever they are. Smart devices enable you to manage air temperature so you come home to a warm house. You’ll be alerted if the carbon monoxide level builds up so you can take steps to keep your loved ones safe.
Manything for iOS lets you remotely record and monitor motion in your home. Program your HVAC system to keep you comfortable when you’re home, and save you money when you’re away.
Salient Eye for Android devices is similar to Manything, and turns your phone into a home security device. You can track motion, record video and opt in to alerts that let you know what is happening at home.
Thanks to these tools, our vacations will be worry-free and full of #BetterMoments
Where are you going on your summer vacation?
Disclosure: Through the rest of the year I’ll be sharing some more of My BETTER MOMENTS as a US Cellular Better Moments Blogger Brigade Ambassador. All opinions are my own and an honest view of my story as a US Cellular customer.