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Looking for the hottest technology for your Christmas gift list?

If you’re shopping for a senior, someone living on their own, or a family with children then smart home tech items are practical gifts that they’ll actually use.

  1. Smart Locks

A smart lock means you don’t need to worry about forgetting or losing your key. With secure keyless access you can ensure your home is the safe haven it should be. Smart locks are set with unique user identification and can automatically control other devices in the home.

So, with a smart lock you can see which of your teenagers snuck in last night and when. You can also reduce your parent’s risk of falling in the dark – a smart lock can automatically control indoor and outdoor lights to ensure entry ways, walkways and other spaces are well lit when they need to be.

Are you a parent with school-aged children? You can use a smart lock to create and receive an alert on your smart phone telling you when your son or daughter has come home from school. With a smart lock you won’t have to worry about your children coming home to an empty house while you’re stuck at work.

  1. Video Intercoms and Video Monitoring

For some parents, an after school alert isn’t enough to set the mind at ease. What if someone else has followed your child home? With a video intercom you can talk to and see your children to know that they’re safe.

With video cameras you can keep your property safe, even while you’re not home with real-time video updates while on vacation, or at work. Whether you want to check in to see if your spouse remembered to take out the garbage, ensure your elderly parent is safe, or see what your cat is really up to while you’re gone, video is a great tool to see for yourself what’s going on at home.

  1. Thermostats

A smart thermostat is a great gift for the environmentally-conscious homeowner. Imagine being able to control your thermostat while you’re not even home. Linked to your smart phone, you can save energy by controlling your home’s temperature to ensure it is running efficiently while you’re not there. Set the air or heat to come on just before you get home, so you remain comfortable while you’re saving the environment (and money).

  1. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Did you know that some smoke detectors are safer than others? The National Fire Prevention Association recommends that homeowners replace smoke detectors that are ten years old or more.

If your conventional smoke or carbon monoxide detector goes off and there is an emergency, then every second counts. You should get everyone out of your house safely before you call emergency services.

But, when you get a smart home security system, your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are integrated into your home’s security. In the event of a fire or carbon monoxide leak, your security system will identify the threat, sound the alarm and alert the professionals, so all you have to worry about is getting everyone out safely. This year, give a gift that could save a life. There’s no smarter way to protect your family and your home than with smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

  1. Smart Sump Pump Monitoring

Sure, it’s not a glamourous gift, but if your home ever loses power during a heavy rainstorm, you’ll be thankful you have it. With smart sump pump monitoring you’ll know the moment your sump pump isn’t working so you can address the problem and avoid costly water damage to your home.

More than a monitor, the smart sump pump will identify the type of sump pump problem at hand, notifying you whether your pump:

  • Has lost power
  • Is powered but isn’t running
  • Is working but not removing water fast enough.

For anyone who lives in a flood plain or travels during the spring (when winter thaws can cause basement flooding) a smart sump pump is a gift that can prevent costly home damage.

So, this Christmas invest in technology that can save lives, reduce home damage and keep your loved ones safe. Smart home technology is the perfect gift for everyone on your list.