Whether you’ll be traveling or staying put this holiday season, home automation solutions are designed to make your home safer, more comfortable and more efficient – no matter where you are.

Mobile apps and online dashboards make it easy to control everything remotely, from lighting and temperature to home security and back-up generators.

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Here’s a rundown of some of our favorite stand-alone automated devices and whole-house automation systems.

Carrier Côr Home Automation System

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Côr home automation from Carrier has numerous components that work together seamlessly.

Carrier’s Côr home automation system provides homeowners a single solution to easily connect their home’s most important systems: heating and cooling, safety and security. Once set up, users can manage connected devices, view live video of their home from connected cameras, and remotely manage access from the system’s app.

For instance, homeowners are able to program their lights to turn on at dusk, or set their thermostat to adjust before they arrive home. Through geolocation technology, users can also program tasks based on location, such as disarming the home alarm system upon pulling into the driveway.

The Côr home automation system is available only through a Carrier dealer, who will set up the installation. Learn more at Carrier.com.

Generac generator
Generac Guardian standby generator

Generac Guardian Series Standby Generator

Unlike portable generators, home standby generators sense power outages and start up automatically. Because they are hard-wired to your home’s electrical system, they deliver power the same way your electric utility does, which means no extension cords.

Standby generators can back up your entire home and don’t need to be refueled, because they run off your home’s natural gas or LP fuel supply. That also means it can run for as long as necessary — until utility power returns.

Generac’s Guardian series is equipped with MobileLink, which allows users to view their generator’s status online or via a mobile app. For example, is the generator running, is it exercising, or is it in standby mode waiting for a power outage? Owners can also use the app to send notifications to their local Generac dealer, so they can proactively work together to address any issues.

Learn more about Generac Guardian series standby generators.

Kidde RemoteLync
Kidde RemoteLync

Kidde RemoteLync Home Monitor

With RemoteLync from Kidde Fire Safety, homeowners can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their homes’ smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are being monitored while they’re away. It works with a home’s existing alarms and Wi-Fi and does not require additional products or monthly fees.

When an alarm triggers the device, RemoteLync communicates via a free app that can be customized to notify an entire network, including neighbors and family, or give you, or someone in your network, the option to dial 911.

Learn more about the Kidde RemoteLync home monitor.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Expecting a package to be delivered while you’re away? Want to see who is at the door before deciding whether you want to answer? The Ring Video Doorbell Pro allows users to keep an eye on their home and speak with visitors, all from a remote location.

Download the Ring app to view footage and receive alerts from your mobile device when motion is detected.

Learn more about the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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