One of the benefits of choosing an ADT home security system in College Station is that you can sync it with home automation. Smart thermostats can make your house the perfect temperature and eco-friendly. Smart locks empower you to remote control your doors. And you won’t forget that you left the garage door open again with your automated garage door sensor.
However, as great as these gadgets are alone, they can have an even greater effect when used together with your home security system. Here are just 5 life-changing home automation ideas for College Station that will make your living space much more attuned to your needs:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For The Night
Your nighttime schedule has become routine: turn off all the lights, lock the front door, change the thermostat, and prepare your security system. However, how often have you woken up to discover that you neglected to lock the side door or left the living room light burning? And after you fail to do one part of your nightly checklist, it's easy to overlook it the next night, as well. Then without realizing it, your forgotten ritual becomes routine in its own right.
But you can make sure that your home is ready for bedtime every evening when you automate your bedtime ritual. Through your College Station home security system, you can craft a scene that fine-tunes all your gadgets without you leaving bed. With a tap of a screen, you can lock the doors, power off the lights, lower the thermostat, and set your security devices. Or don't fret about not remembering to hit a button. Set your automation to trigger at a specific time -- such as midnight.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On The Defensive When You Go For Work
Along with a bedtime routine, you can set your automation parameters to set when your home is not currently occupied. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can set your living space on defense via a single button tap. Now you can ensure that every door is secured, every light is off, the alarms are set, and your cameras are on watch. You can even batten down the garage door through the app if you accidentally left it up.
You don't need to keep your living space on alert the whole day. Unlock the doors for out-of-town friends or service professionals via the mobile app. Or put your house on lockdown without even looking at your phone. By setting a geofence around your home, your devices arms each time you pull out of the driveway. Then when you come home, your alarms turn off, and your doors unlock when you come up to the garage.
Home Automation Idea #3: Create Moods For Watching TV And Everything Else
Exiting the house and going to sleep may be just one option on your home automation system. You can also create scenes for all kinds of activities. Adjust the lights just a dash while closing your motorized blinds for the premiere movie viewing atmosphere. Create a dimly lit aisle from your living room to the pantry for a midnight snack.
You can devise a "party" scene that seamlessly dims the lights and thermostat to account for the increased body heat. Then when anyone knocks at your door, you can ask them to let themselves in through your doorbell camera. You can also select music and decorative lights to power on through your ADT Control app. And if you find you just have to get another futuristic piece of smart technology, you can simply sync it to your existing ecosystem.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Notifications To Your Smartphone
Always stay in the know of what's going on in your house with automated alerts delivered to your phone. Any time a motion sensor on a surveillance camera sense abnormal motion, you'll learn about it with a text or mobile pop-up. Fire and safety alarms will trigger an alert so that you won’t return home to an undiscovered emergency. Or have your smart locks alert you when your kids arrive home from school. Once you read a notification, you can judge how to move forward.
Communicate with porch visitors via the doorbell cameras to instruct them where to hide a package. Check your smart cameras to see if the strange motion warrants a phone call to the police. Or remotely trigger lights and sound to frighten any unwanted intruders.
Home Automation Idea #5: Stay Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system can make you feel protected and secure, they can also aid in a fire or other situations. If your smoke detectors find intense heat, your home automation system can jump into action! Tell the furnace fan to automatically turn on and vent harmful smoke. Then have it power on all your smart lights to show the way away from the fire, and open all the doors for emergency responders.
In fact, you can program automated protocols to numerous emergency situations. Turn on all the lights when a glass break sensor trips. Blare your high decibel alarms when the 2-button medical alert is pushed. Or get video segments sent to your phone when your smart locks activate. Nearly all of your tech can be interconnected to function together in any manner you think will help protect your home and loved ones.