One of the perks of choosing an ADT home security system in Charleston is that you can pair it with home automation. Smart thermostats can make your house more comfortable and eco-friendly. Smart locks empower you to remote control your doorways. And you won’t forget that you left the garage door open again with an automated garage door sensor.
However, as powerful as these tools are by themselves, they can have an even greater effect when used in tandem with your home security system. Here are just 5 amazing home automation ideas for Charleston that will make your house much more responsive to your lifestyle:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For Bed
Your nighttime ritual has become routine: shut off the lights, lock the doors, change the thermostat, and arm your security system. However, how many times have you woken up to discover that you failed to lock the front door or left the kitchen light glaring? And after you neglect to do one part of your bedtime checklist, it's easy to neglect it another time, as well. Then without realizing it, your missed checklist becomes routine on its own.
But you can guarantee that your living space is prepared for bedtime every evening when you automate your bedtime program. Through your Charleston home security system, you can generate a scene that fine-tunes all your tech without you traveling room to room. With a tap of a button, you can secure the doors, power off the lights, change the thermostat, and set your security devices. Or don't worry about not remembering to press a button. Set your automation to turn on at a predetermined time -- such as midnight.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Guard When You Go For Work
Along with a before bed routine, you can designate your automation parameters to activate when your home is empty. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can place your home on guard via an easy button press. Now you can ensure that every door is secured, every light is off, the alarms are armed, and your cameras are on duty. You can even close the garage door through the app if you accidentally left it open.
You don't need to keep your home locked up the whole day. Open the doors for returning family or service workers through the mobile app. Or set your house on lockdown without even pushing a button. By installing a geofence around your home, your devices arms every time you leave 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: Match Moods For Watching TV And Other Activities
Departing the house and going to bed may be just one setting on your home automation system. You can also form scenes for all types of moods. Tweak the lights just a touch while closing your motorized blinds for the penultimate movie viewing experience. Light a dimly lit trail from your bedroom to the kitchen for a nighttime snack.
You can program a "party" setting that seamlessly lowers the lights and thermostat to account for the increased body heat. Then when anyone arrives at your door, you can tell them to let themselves in with your doorbell camera. You can even select music and smart lights to turn on through your ADT Control app. And if you determine you need another sleek piece of smart technology, you can easily integrate it to your existing system.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Alerts To Your Smartphone
Always keep abreast of what's going on in your house with automated notifications sent to your smartphone. Whenever a motion sensor on a surveillance camera picks up unusual activity, you'll learn about it through a text or push notification. Fire and CO alarms will send an alert so that you'll never come home to an undiscovered situation. Or have your smart locks ping you when your kids arrive home from the bus. Once you get a notification, you can decide how to respond.
Communicate with delivery workers via the doorbell cameras to instruct them where to leave a package. See through your security cameras to judge if the abnormal movement warrants a phone call to the police. Or remotely power lights and music to scare away any unwanted trespasser.
Home Automation Idea #5: Be Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system helps make you feel safe and comfortable, they will help in a fire or other hazardous situations. Should your smoke detectors find a fire, your home automation devices can dive into action! Set the furnace fan to automatically power on and vent hazardous smoke. Then have it switch on all your smart lights to show the way to safety, and unlock all the doors for emergency specialists.
In fact, you can program automated responses to numerous emergency events. Turn on all the lights if a glass break detector triggers. Echo your high decibel sirens when the 2-button medical alert is pushed. Or get video snippets sent to your phone when your smart locks trigger. Virtually all of your tech can be synced to function in tandem in any way you think will help safeguard your home and loved ones.