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6. Security > 76. Monitor Your Summer Home

Monitor Your Summer Home

A couple of specialized sensors and an auto-dialer can keep a watchful eye on an unattended home and notify you when something needs your attention.

Winter storms can cause all kinds of problems and concerns for homeowners, particularly if you’re away from a vacation home and wondering how well it is faring in your absence. This hack describes an inexpensive system ($100–$200) you can use to monitor a remote vacation home. It can monitor some basic conditions and dial out for help if something happens, such as a change in temperature or if it detects a loud noise.

You can divide the tools necessary to do this into two categories: sensors and notification devices. The sensors will measure the conditions you want to monitor and signal the notification device to inform you of any problems.


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