One of the benefits of installing an ADT home security system in Arlington is that you can pair it with home automation. Smart thermostats can make your house more comfortable and energy-efficient. Smart locks allow you to remote control your doors. And you won’t forget that you left the garage door open again with an automated garage door sensor.
However, as convenient as these devices are by themselves, they can have an even larger impact when employed together with your security system. Here are just 5 amazing home automation ideas for Arlington that will make your living space much more responsive to your needs:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For The Night
Your bedtime ritual has become routine: turn off the lights, lock the door, set the thermostat, and prep your security system. However, how many times have you woken up to discover that you neglected to lock the front door or left the living room light on? And after you fail to do one section of your evening checklist, it's simple to overlook it the next time, as well. Then without realizing it, your neglected regimen becomes commonplace.
But you can guarantee that your home is prepared for bedtime every night when you automate your bedtime ritual. Through your Arlington home security system, you can create a template that sets all your tech without you leaving bed. With a press of a button, you can secure the doors, power off the lights, adjust the thermostat, and set your security devices. Or don't worry about forgetting to hit a button. Set your automation to activate at a set time -- such as midnight.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On The Defensive When You Go For Work
Along with a before bed schedule, you can set your automation parameters to arm when your house is vacant. With your ADT Control mobile app, you can put your house on defense through one button touch. Now you can guarantee that every door is secured, every light is off, the alarms are set, and your cameras are activated. You can even close the garage door via the app if you accidentally left it open.
You don't need to keep your house locked up the whole day. Unlatch the doors for incoming visitors or service folk with the mobile app. Or put your home on alert without even looking at your phone. By installing a geofence around your property, your devices turns on each time you roll down the driveway. Then when you return home, your alarms turn off, and your doors unlock when you come up to the garage.
Home Automation Idea #3: Set Moods For Watching TV And The Rest Of Your Life
Departing the house and putting your house to bed may be just one option on your home automation system. You can also customize scenes for all kinds of events. Change the lights just a touch while lowering your motorized shutters for the ultimate movie viewing experience. Light a dimly lit trail from your bed to the pantry for a midnight snack.
You can program a "party" scene that effortlessly changes the lights and thermostat to adapt for the additional body heat. Then when someone new arrives at your door, you can ask them to come on in via your doorbell camera. You can even set music and smart lights to turn on through your ADT Control app. And if you determine you just have to get another sleek piece of smart technology, you can easily add it to your current system.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Alerts To Your Smartphone
Always stay in the know of what's happening in your house through automated updates delivered to your smartphone. Any time a motion sensor on a surveillance camera sense unwanted activity, you'll know through a text or push notification. Fire and CO sensors will show an alert so that you won’t return home to an undiscovered situation. Or have your smart locks alert you when your kids return home from school. Once you read a notification, you can determine how to respond.
Communicate with anyone at your front door via the doorbell cameras to direct them where to hide a package. Check your security cameras to see if the abnormal motion facilitates a call to the authorities. Or remotely trigger lights and music to deter any unwanted intruders.
Home Automation Idea #5: Stay Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system helps make you feel safe and secure, they will assist in a fire or other emergencies. When your smoke detectors sense a fire, your home can jump into action! Tell the furnace fan to automatically switch on and vent dangerous smoke. Then have the system turn on all your smart bulbs to light the way to safety, and open all the doors for emergency responders.
In fact, you can set automated responses to several emergency situations. Turn on all the lights when a glass break sensor chimes. Echo your high decibel sirens when the 2-button medical alert is pushed. Or get video clips sent to your phone when your smart locks trip. Nearly all of your devices can be networked to function in tandem in any manner you think will help protect your home and loved ones.