The best smart home devices for Airbnb

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From keeping your guests warm to keeping your home safe, making your Airbnb property a smart home is a no brainer. So what’s on offer? And how does a smart home system work? Here’s a guide to elevating Airbnb smart homes.

Give your guests a warm welcome with smart heating

First impressions are so important, and when it’s raining or cold there’s no better feeling than walking into somewhere warm. If you want guests to be comfortable immediately, one of the best smart home devices you could choose is a smart thermostat.

The beauty of a smart thermostat (like our Hive Active Heating) is you can control it from your own smartphone or tablet wherever you are. Turn the heating up before guests arrive and turn it down after they’ve left without ever having to heat an empty home. Then your guests can control the heating themselves from the thermostat on the wall during their stay, just like they would a normal heating system.

What’s more, with Hive Active Heating, if it picks up any problems with your heating system (maybe it’s not turning on, or it’s not heating up as quickly as it should) you’ll get an alert on your smartphone. You can also use the Hive app to troubleshoot, or find an engineer.

Let smart lights look after your home

If your space is someone’s temporary home, it needs to feel cosy. And if it’s empty between rentals, it needs to look lived in. That’s where smart lighting really comes into its own. The main benefit is that you don’t have to be in the house to make sure everything is bright and welcoming when your guests arrive – particularly useful if you’re not sure when they’re going to turn up. That’s because smart lighting like our Hive light bulbs can all be controlled on your smartphone or tablet from wherever you are.

A Hive smart plug is another useful smart device for Airbnb hosts to get the lighting just right, as you can plug lamps into smart plugs and control them from your phone too. A bit of up-lighting in your windows to set the right impression? No problem. Just tap your phone and you’re done.

Smart lights are also a crucial part of a smart security system, as you can use them to make your house look busy. Our Mimic Mode feature turns your lights on and off in a random pattern, which will make your home look extra lived in to anyone who may be watching for the wrong reasons.

Leak Sensors to help manage plumbing emergencies

A burst pipe isn’t the best way for guests to be greeted when they arrive, and it can be really expensive to fix. A Hive leak sensor is a cost-effective way of making sure any problems are picked up on straight away, before it causes problems for your paying guests or you.

They are really simple to set up and use, and you don’t need any plumbing knowledge. Simply attach one to your mains water pipe near the stopcock, and if it senses an unusual flow of water coming into your home, you’ll be alerted straight away via the Hive app on your phone. It will tell you whether that flow of water is a small flow, which could be a little leak under the floorboards you won’t notice for a long time. Or a large flow, which could be a burst pipe that would go undetected in between rentals and cause some serious damage.

Either way you’ll know early enough to do something about it. And with the Hive app you can find a plumber immediately. Have a look at our Hive Leak plans to see more on how to add a leak sensor to your smart home system.

Outdoor cameras for a smart Airbnb home system

There’s a fine line between safeguarding and snooping, but with good intentions and the right reassurance, a Hive camera could be just the home control you need to help you look after your rental property, and provide a better experience for your guests.

For example, our Hive View Outdoor camera has an in-built motion sensor that’ll notify you when somebody’s arrived. So you can use it to pop round and greet your guests if you like. Then when your property’s empty, it will detect if someone comes round. You can also use two-way audio to speak to them. If it’s a delivery when you’re not there you can tell the delivery person where to leave it. Or if it’s someone that shouldn’t be there, you can tell them where to go!

Of course, we’d suggest letting guests know about your smart camera. Explain why you’re using it, and let them know how to operate it themselves. Include instructions for how to turn it off at the mains.

Check out some of the best smart cameras for Airbnb hosts in our shop.

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