One of the advantages of buying an ADT home security system is that you can sync it with home automation. Smart thermostats can make your living space more comfortable and eco-friendly. Smart locks empower you to remote control your entrances. And you won’t forget that you left the garage door wide open again with your automated garage door sensor.
However, as powerful as these gadgets are alone, they can have an even greater effect when used in tandem with your home security system. Here are just 5 life-changing home automation ideas that will make your living space much more attuned to your wishes:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For The Night
Your nighttime schedule has become routine: turn off the lights, lock the door, adjust the thermostat, and prep your security system. However, how many times have you woken up to find that you failed to lock the side door or left the kitchen light on? And once you neglect to do one section of your nightly checklist, it's easy to overlook it the next evening, too. Then before you know it, your forgotten checklist becomes routine on its own.
But you can guarantee that your home is ready for bed every night when you automate your nighttime routine. Through your home security system, you can create a scene that fine-tunes all your tech without you traveling room to room. With a tap of a screen, you can lock the doors, power off the lights, adjust the thermostat, and activate your security devices. Or don't fret about not remembering to touch a button. Program your automation to turn on at a predetermined time -- like 10pm.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Alert When You Leave For Work
Along with a bedtime procedure, you can set your automation parameters to arm when your house is empty. With your ADT Control mobile app, you can put your house on alert through a single button tap. Now you can guarantee that every door is secured, every light is turned off, the alarms are set, and your cameras are on watch. You can even shut the garage door through the app if it’s accidentally left open.
You don't have to keep your home on alert the whole day. Unlock the doors for returning family or service workers through the smartphone app. Or set your home on alert without even pushing a button. By installing a geofence around your home, your devices arms every time you leave the driveway. Then when you return home, your alarms switch off, and your doors unlock when you drive up to the garage.
Home Automation Idea #3: Create Moods For Watching TV And Everything Else
Leaving your house and putting your house to bed maybe just one setting on your home automation system. You can also form backdrops for all sorts of events. Tweak the lights just a touch while dropping your motorized shutters for the premiere movie theatre atmosphere. Light a dimly lit path from your bed to the kitchen for an evening snack.
You can craft a "party" setting that automatically dims the lights and thermostat to adapt to the increased body heat. Then when anyone arrives at your door, you can tell them to come on in through your doorbell camera. You can even set music and decorative lights to turn on through your ADT Control app. And if you find you just have to get another sleek piece of smart technology, you can simply sync it to your current system.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Alerts To Your Smartphone
Always keep abreast of what's going on in your home through automated updates sent to your phone. Any time a motion sensor on a surveillance camera picks up abnormal activity, you'll know with a text or push notification. Fire and safety detectors will send an alert so that you won’t come home to an unexpected situation. Or have your smart locks ping you when your kids return home from school. Once you receive a notification, you can decide how to move forward.
Speak with porch visitors with the doorbell cameras to direct them where to stash a package. Watch your smart cameras to determine if the unusual movement warrants a phone call to the authorities. Or remotely turn on lights and sound to scare away any suspicious trespasser.
Home Automation Idea #5: Be Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system will make you feel protected and secure, it can also assist in a fire or other situations. If your smoke detectors discover intense heat, your home automation system can spring into action! Tell the furnace fan to automatically power on and vent harmful smoke. Then have the system switch on all your smart bulbs to light the way out, and unlock all the doors for emergency crews.
In fact, you can set automated responses to numerous emergency situations. Turn on all the lights when a glass break sensor triggers. Echo your high decibel sirens when the 2-button medical alert is pressed. Or get video clips sent to your phone when your smart locks trigger. Almost all of your tech can be synced to function together in any way you think will help shield your home and loved ones.