One of the advantages of choosing an ADT home security system in Blacksburg is that you can sync it with home automation. Smart thermostats will make your house the perfect temperature and eco-conscious. Smart locks empower you to remote control your doorways. And you won’t forget that you left the garage door wide open again with an automated garage door sensor.
However, as great as these tools are alone, they can have an even more significant effect when utilized together with your home security system. Here are just 5 life-changing home automation ideas for Blacksburg that will make your house much more attuned to your wishes:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For The Night
Your before bed schedule has become routine: turn 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 forgot to lock the front door or left the kitchen light glaring? And after you fail to do one section of your evening checklist, it's simple to overlook it another evening, too. Then after a while, your neglected checklist becomes routine in its own right.
But you can ensure that your home is ready for bedtime every evening when you automate your bedtime routine. Through your Blacksburg home security system, you can craft a scene that fine-tunes all your devices without you leaving bed. With a touch of a screen, you can lock the doors, turn off the lights, adjust the thermostat, and arm your security devices. Or don't agonize about forgetting to touch a button. Designate your automation to turn on at a specific time -- such as midnight.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Alert When You Leave For Work
Along with a before bed procedure, you can designate your automation parameters to arm when your house is empty. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can put your living space on defense via one button press. Now you can be sure that every door is locked, every light is off, the alarms are set, and your cameras are on duty. You can even shut the garage door through the app if you accidentally left it up.
You don't have to keep your house on alert the whole day. Open the doors for returning family or service professionals through the smartphone app. Or place your home on guard without even lifting a finger. By placing a geofence around your home, your devices arms every time you pull out of the driveway. Then when you return home, your alarms turn off, and your doors unlock when you drive up to the house.
Home Automation Idea #3: Create Moods For Watching TV And The Rest Of Your Life
Leaving your house and going to sleep may be just one option on your home automation system. You can also create atmospheres for all kinds of events. Tweak the lights just a touch while lowering your motorized blinds for the ultimate movie viewing atmosphere. Light a dimly lit trail from your living room to the kitchen for a midnight snack.
You can devise a "party" scene that seamlessly dims the lights and thermostat to account for the extra body heat. Then when anyone knocks at your door, you can inform them to come on in via your doorbell camera. You can also set music and smart lights to power on through your ADT Control app. And if you determine you need another sleek piece of smart technology, you can simply add it to your existing ecosystem.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Alerts To Your Mobile Device
Always stay in the know of what's going on in your home through automated updates sent to your smartphone. Whenever a motion sensor on a security camera detect abnormal motion, you'll know with a text or mobile pop-up. Fire and safety sensors will trigger an alert so that you won’t come home to an unknown emergency. Or have your smart locks notify you when your kids come home from the bus. Once you get a notification, you can determine how to act.
Speak with anyone at your front door with the doorbell cameras to instruct them where to stash a parcel. Check your security cameras to see if the strange activity facilitates a phone call to the authorities. Or remotely trigger lights and music to deter any unwanted intruders.
Home Automation Idea #5: Keep Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system can make you feel safe and secure, they can also aid in a fire or other hazardous situations. Should your smoke detectors discover excess smoke, your home automation system can spring into action! Program the furnace fan to automatically power on and vent harmful smoke. Then have it switch on all your smart lights to show the way to safety, and unlock all the doors for emergency crews.
In fact, you can program automated protocols to any emergency situations. Switch on all the lights if a glass break sensor trips. Echo your high decibel speakers when the 2-button medical alert is pressed. Or get video snippets sent to your mobile device when your smart locks activate. Nearly all of your devices can be networked to function in tandem in any way you think will help shield your home and loved ones.