One of the benefits of choosing an ADT home security system in Columbia is that you can pair it with home automation. Smart thermostats will make your house the perfect temperature and eco-friendly. Smart locks empower you to remote control your entrances. And you won’t forget that you left the garage door open again once you get your automated garage door sensor.
However, as powerful as these devices are on their own, they can have an even more significant impact when utilized in tandem with your home security system. Here are just 5 incredible home automation ideas for Columbia that will make your home much more responsive to your needs:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For The Night
Your nighttime ritual has become routine: turn off all the lights, lock the doors, set the thermostat, and prep your security system. However, how often have you woken up to find that you failed to lock the front door or left the living room light on? And after you neglect to do one part of your evening checklist, it's simple to neglect it the next night, too. Then before you know it, your neglected regimen becomes a habit.
But you can make sure that your living space is set for bedtime every evening when you automate your bedtime routine. Through your Columbia home security system, you can generate a scenario that fine-tunes all your devices without you leaving bed. With a press of a screen, you can lock the doors, shut off the lights, change the thermostat, and set your security devices. Or don't fret about failing to remember to touch a button. Set your automation to trigger at a specific 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 routines to set when your house is vacant. With your ADT Control mobile app, you can set your living space on defense through one button tap. Now you can be sure that every entryway is locked, every light is no longer on, the alarms are armed, and your cameras are on duty. You can even close the garage door via the app if it’s accidentally left up.
You don't need to keep your house on alert the whole day. Unlatch the doors for returning visitors or service workers via the smartphone app. Or place your home on alert without even lifting a finger. By installing a geofence around your home, your system turns on every time you leave the driveway. Then when you return home, your alarms switch off, and your doors unlock when you pull up to the house.
Home Automation Idea #3: Set Moods For Watching TV And Other Activities
Leaving the house and going to bed may be just one option on your home automation system. You can also form backdrops for all sorts of moods. Change the lights just a smidge while closing your motorized shades for the penultimate movie viewing atmosphere. Create a dimly lit path from your bedroom to the kitchen for a midnight snack.
You can program a "party" setting that automatically changes the lights and thermostat to accommodate the increased body heat. Then when anyone arrives at your door, you can ask them to come on in through your doorbell camera. You can even set music and decorative lights to power on via your ADT Control app. And if you determine you want another sleek piece of smart technology, you can easily add it to your current network.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Updates To Your Smartphone
Always keep abreast of what's going down in your house with automated updates delivered to your mobile device. Whenever a motion sensor on a security camera sense unwanted movements, you'll know through a text or push notification. Fire and safety detectors will send an alert so that you won’t come home to an undiscovered situation. Or have your smart locks notify you when your kids arrive home from school. Once you receive a notification, you can judge how to act.
Communicate with porch visitors through the doorbell cameras to tell them where to leave a parcel. Watch your smart cameras to see if the strange movement facilitates a phone call to the authorities. 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 protected and secure, they will help in a fire or other situations. If your smoke detectors find excess smoke, your home can spring into action! Set the furnace fan to automatically turn on and vent dangerous smoke. Then have the system turn on all your smart lights to show the way to safety, and open all the doors for emergency crews.
In fact, you can program automated responses to numerous emergency events. Turn on all the lights if a glass break detector chimes. Blare your high decibel sirens when the 2-button medical alert is pushed. Or get video segments sent to your mobile device when your smart locks trigger. Virtually all of your devices can be interconnected to operate in tandem in any manner you think will help safeguard your home and loved ones.