One of the advantages of installing an ADT home security system in Charlottesville is that you can pair it with home automation. Smart thermostats can make your living space the perfect temperature and eco-conscious. Smart locks allow you to remote control your doors. And you won’t forget that you left the garage door wide open again once you get your automated garage door sensor.
However, as convenient as these devices are by themselves, they can have an even more significant effect when employed together with your security system. Here are just 5 incredible home automation ideas for Charlottesville that will make your living space much more responsive to your wishes:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For The Night
Your before bed habits has become routine: turn off the lights, lock the doors, set the thermostat, and arm your security system. However, how often have you woken up to discover that you neglected to lock the side door or left the kitchen light burning? And once you forget to do one thing on your nightly checklist, it's easy to overlook it the next night, as well. Then after a while, your neglected regimen becomes commonplace on its own.
But you can guarantee that your house is ready for bed every night when you automate your nighttime program. Through your Charlottesville home security system, you can generate a scenario that sets all your tech without you leaving bed. With a touch of a button, you can lock the doors, shut off the lights, lower the thermostat, and set your alarm. Or don't fret about forgetting to touch a button. Program your automation to turn on at a specific time -- like midnight.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On The Defensive When You Leave For Work
Along with a before bed procedure, you can program your automation parameters to arm when your house is empty. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can put your living space on alert through a single button touch. Now you can guarantee that every door is secure, every light is off, the alarms are armed, and your cameras are activated. You can even shut the garage door through the app if it’s accidentally left open.
You don't need to keep your home on alert the whole day. Unlatch the doors for returning visitors or service workers with the mobile app. Or place your house on lockdown without even pushing a button. By installing a geofence around your home, your devices powers on every time you pull out of the driveway. Then when you return home, your alarms turn off, and your doors unlock when you pull up to the garage.
Home Automation Idea #3: Create Moods For Watching TV And The Rest Of Your Life
Departing the house and putting your house to bed may be just one setting on your home automation system. You can also customize backdrops for all kinds of moods. Adjust the lights just a smidge while dropping your motorized shades for the premiere movie theatre experience. Light a dimly lit path from your bed to the pantry for an evening snack.
You can craft a "party" scenario that effortlessly lowers the lights and thermostat to account for the additional body heat. Then when a new visitor knocks at your door, you can tell them to let themselves in with your doorbell camera. You can even set music and decorative lights to power on through your ADT Control app. And if you determine you just have to get another sleek piece of smart technology, you can seamlessly add it to your existing system.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Updates To Your Mobile Device
Always stay in the know of what's going on in your house through automated updates sent to your smartphone. Any time a motion sensor on a surveillance camera sense abnormal motion, you'll learn about it via a text or mobile pop-up. Fire and CO detectors will send an alert so that you'll never come home to an undiscovered emergency. Or have your smart locks ping you when your kids come home from school. Once you receive a notification, you can decide how to respond.
Communicate with delivery workers through the doorbell cameras to tell them where to leave a parcel. Watch your security cameras to determine if the unusual movement is worth a call to the police. Or remotely turn on lights and sound to deter any suspicious intruders.
Home Automation Idea #5: Stay Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system helps make you feel safe and comfortable, they can also help in a fire or other situations. Should your smoke detectors sense a fire, your home can spring into action! Program the furnace fan to automatically turn on and vent hazardous smoke. Then have it switch on all your smart bulbs to light the way away from the fire, and unlock all the doors for emergency crews.
In fact, you can calibrate automated protocols to several emergency circumstances. Turn on all the lights if a glass break sensor chimes. Echo your high decibel alarms when the 2-button medical alert is used. Or get video segments sent to your phone when your smart locks trigger. Almost all of your systems can be interconnected to function in tandem in any manner you think will help protect your home and loved ones.