5 Ways to Gain Peace of Mind with SmartThings

Just as you can use your smartphone to see what your friends are up to from anywhere, now you can use it to stay connected to family members and pets, and to see what’s happening at home–wherever you are.

Here are five easy ways that you can use SmartThings to make your life easier and gain peace of mind…

1. Get Notifications When People Come and Go 

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What You Need:
• SmartThings Hub ($99)
• SmartThings iOS or Android app (free)
• Optional: SmartSense Presence sensor ($31)

SmartThings makes checking in and keeping track of family members a breeze. Since there is no limit to the number of family members who can use your SmartThings Hub, you just need to come and go with your smartphone, and loved ones will receive notifications when you approach and leave home. You can also customize SmartThings to only receive notifications at set times–or not at all.

Don’t carry a smartphone? No problem: Just stick a SmartSense Presence sensor in your child’s backpack, around your pet’s collar, or in the family car and it can let you know when kids, pets, or cars come and go, too.


2. Receive Alerts If You Forget to Close Doors, Windows, or Your Garage

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What You Need:
• SmartThings Hub ($99)
• SmartThings iOS or Android app (free)
• SmartSense Multi sensor ($49)
• Optional: Evolve relay switch ($58)
• Optional: SmartSense Presence sensor ($31)

We all forget things from time to time. Fortunately, SmartThings doesn’t. Simply attach a SmartSense Multi sensor on any of your doors, windows, or garage, and SmartThings will send you an immediate reminder if everyone leaves your home while things are still left open.

And if you want to get really smart, place an Evolve relay switch in your garage and SmartThings will not only be able to tell you that you accidentally left the garage door open, but it will also let you easily close it behind you, too.


3. Control Temperature Simply By Walking Into a Room

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What You Need:
• SmartThings Hub ($99)
• SmartThings iOS or Android app (free)
SmartPower Outlet ($49)
• Optional: SmartSense Presence sensor ($31), Honeywell thermostat ($149)

SmartThings automatically reacts to your presence and preferences. You’ll never have to worry about turning off lights or the thermostat when you leave or go to sleep, because SmartThings will do that automatically. And when you come back home, SmartThings will know (based on the smartphone in your pocket or optional SmartSense Presence sensor) and automatically turn on or off a window A/C unit, portable heater, or your home’s thermostat.

Oh, want to save money on your energy bill and have the temperature already set to a comfortable level when you come back home? Easy: Just turn down your home’s thermostat or unit when you leave the house, and then turn it back up when you’re leaving work to come home.


4. Prevent a Small Leak From Causing a Flood

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What You Need:

• SmartThings Hub ($99)
• SmartThings iOS or Android app (free)
• SmartSense Moisture sensor ($54)

SmartThings was started because our CEO Alex Hawkinson arrived back at his family’s vacation home to find that a busted pipe had caused tens of thousands of dollars worth of structural damage. Had he received an early warning, he could have saved valuable items and costly repairs. Don’t let this happen to you!

By placing a SmartSense Moisture in an area of your home that’s prone to leaks (such as a basement, laundry room, or under a sink), you’ll receive an instant alert at the first sign of excess moisture–leaving you time to call a family member, neighbor, or fix it yourself.


5. Monitor & Secure Dangerous, Valuable, or Off-Limit Areas

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What You Need:
• SmartThings Hub ($99)
• SmartThings iOS or Android app (free)
• SmartSense Multi sensor ($49)

We all have areas of our homes that we don’t want others to access. By placing a SmartSense Multi sensor on a drawer, cabinet, or valuable item like a jewelry case or safe, you can receive an alert if anyone opens, moves, or tampers with an off-limit item or area. Place it on your family’s cleaning supply or liquor cabinet to prevent young kids from accidentally accessing dangerous liquids; or keep it on a ring case or desk drawer to be notified if anyone tries to open it without your consent.


Bonus! Did you know that you can use SmartThings to help you never lose your keys inside your home again? True story. Check back on the blog tomorrow to see a video showing you how.

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