- Megan Wenker
Smart Home Features
Keyless and Contactless Check-in/out
As a part of each property’s set-up fee, we provide a Yale Door Lock and a Samsung Hub.
Time-Sensitive Keyless Access: Automated time-sensitive access for guests, staff, and concierge services delivery. Furthermore, we can control the doors remotely. Guest codes only work during the time of their reservation additionally, we run a smart rule to remotely lock the doors after a guest reservation to further restrict access at the property.
Audit Trail: Notification for every time the door is accessed. Know when guests checked-in, when cleaners completed tasks. The real-time heartbeat of your operations.
Owner Access: Owner’s receive an individualized door code, and link to access their smart home automation devices. In this portal you can lock and unlock the door from a toggle button, open or close the garage door, and change the temperature on the thermostat.
Owner's have the option to upgrade their thermostat to a Honeywell T-6 wifi enabled thermostat.
Set & Forget vs Babysit Thermostat: Most people just set the thermostat initially and forget them with an assumption that it will do its job. Even though a smart thermostat is a self-learning device by following the patterns of the primary residents. This confuses the thermostat and requires more intelligent management to achieve tangible savings. The other alternative is to babysit the thermostat and re-program it before and after every reservation. Plus, property managers cannot babysit 10 or 100s of thermostats. Hence the responsibility generally falls back on the owner.
The Abuse: In a short-term rental, the guest or tenant has zero incentive to optimize the heating or cooling system. They care about their comfort and may overrun the system and forget to put the thermostat in energy-saving mode, resulting in Energy bills as high as $2000 per month during peak summer and winter months.
Guest Experience: The most important factor in a short-term rental is the guest experience. As owners and property managers you want to create a great first impression. Therefore, it is paramount to have a perfect temperature when the guest check-ins.
The Solution: 15% Energy Savings
Vacant Rule- Save energy when the property is vacant by keeping thermostat at 78F in the Summer and 60F in the winter.
Occupied Rule - Prioritize guest comfort but restrict foul play or abuse by setting "override rules". We allow guests to set the temperature between 67F and 78F. We also select whether the units are on Cool or Heat. With 2 thermostats and 1 system, this protects the system from trying to run different functions with different thermostats.
Welcome/Check-In Rule - Create an impression! Welcome guest to a comfortable temperature. When a guest arrives, we have the home cooled to 74F from the 78F in our vacant rule.
Additional Option: Door & Window Sensors- Guest leaving patio doors or windows open and still cranking the AC on? We can turn the thermostats off when doors and windows are open and automatically turn it back on when closed.
Water sensors can be installed under each sink to notify us of any leaks.
Carbon dioxide sensors can be installed in the homes to help measure how many people are inside. We can receive a notification when the property is over capacity and if there is a potential party.
Noise sensors can be installed in the to measure the decibel of sound the guest are making in the home. This will alert my team so we can reach out to the guest for a noise warning. We can also tie this to the thermostat and turn it off until the sound has reduced below the acceptable level we set.
Window and door sensors can be installed to ensure the property is secure. We can create a rule when these are left open that we turn the thermostat off until the doors and windows are secure.