One of the perks of buying an ADT home security system in Albany is that you can integrate it with home automation. Smart thermostats can make your house more comfortable and eco-friendly. Smart locks empower you to remote control your doors. And you won’t leave the garage door open again once you get your automated garage door sensor.
However, as powerful as these devices are alone, they can have an even greater effect when utilized in tandem with your home security system. Here are just 5 amazing home automation ideas for Albany that will make your home much more attuned to your needs:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For The Night
Your bedtime ritual has become routine: turn off all the lights, lock the front door, adjust the thermostat, and prep your security system. However, how often have you woken up to discover that you forgot to lock the side door or left the living room light glaring? And after you fail to do one part of your bedtime checklist, it's easy to neglect it another time, too. Then after a while, your forgotten ritual becomes routine in its own right.
But you can make sure that your home is ready for bedtime every evening when you automate your nighttime routine. Through your Albany home security system, you can craft a scenario that fine-tunes all your tech without you going around the house. With a tap of a button, you can secure the doors, turn off the lights, change the thermostat, and arm your security system. Or don't fret about not remembering to hit a button. Program your automation to trigger at a specific time -- like 11pm.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Guard When You Travel For Work
Along with a bedtime schedule, you can program your automation routines to set when your house is vacant. With your ADT Control mobile app, you can place your house on defense with an easy button touch. Now you can be sure that every door is secure, every light is turned off, the alarms are set, and your cameras are on duty. You can even shut the garage door via the app if it’s accidentally left wide open.
You don't have to keep your home locked up the whole day. Unlock the doors for out-of-town family or service workers with the smartphone app. Or place your house on lockdown without even lifting a finger. By setting a geofence around your home, your devices arms every time you pull out of the driveway. Then when you come home, your alarms disarm, and your doors unlock when you come up to the house.
Home Automation Idea #3: Set Moods For Watching TV And Other Activities
Exiting the house and going to sleep may be just one setting on your home automation system. You can also customize scenes for all kinds of events. Change the lights just a smidge while closing your motorized shutters for the ultimate movie viewing experience. Create a dimly lit path from your bed to the fridge for a nighttime snack.
You can craft a "party" scenario that seamlessly lowers the lights and thermostat to account for the additional body heat. Then when a new visitor arrives at your door, you can ask them to come on in via your doorbell camera. You can also set music and decorative lights to power on through your ADT Control app. And if you determine you just have to get another futuristic piece of smart technology, you can seamlessly add it to your current system.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Updates To Your Smartphone
Always stay in the know of what's going down in your house with automated alerts delivered to your phone. Whenever a motion sensor on a surveillance camera sense abnormal motion, you'll learn about it through a text or mobile pop-up. Fire and safety detectors will show an alert so that you'll never return home to an undiscovered emergency. Or have your smart locks alert you when your kids come home from the bus. Once you read a notification, you can determine how to move forward.
Speak with anyone at your front door through the doorbell cameras to tell them where to leave a package. Watch your security cameras to see if the strange activity is worth a phone call to the police. Or remotely turn on lights and music to frighten any suspicious interloper.
Home Automation Idea #5: Be Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system helps make you feel safe and secure, they can also help in a fire or other emergencies. Should your smoke detectors sense excess smoke, your home automation system can dive into action! Program the furnace fan to automatically power on and vent dangerous smoke. Then have your home switch on all your smart bulbs to illuminate the way away from the fire, and unlock all the doors for emergency responders.
In fact, you can calibrate automated responses to several emergency events. Switch on all the lights when a glass break detector chimes. Sound your high decibel sirens when the 2-button medical alert is used. Or get video clips sent to your phone when your smart locks trigger. Nearly all of your tech can be synced to work in tandem in any way you think will help protect your home and loved ones.