One of the benefits of buying an ADT home security system in Austin is that you can pair it with home automation. Smart thermostats will make your house more comfortable and eco-friendly. Smart locks grant you the power to remote control your entrances. And you won’t forget that you left the garage door up again once you get your automated garage door sensor.
However, as great as these devices are alone, they can have an even more significant effect when utilized in tandem with your security system. Here are just 5 amazing home automation ideas for Austin that will make your home much more responsive to your wishes:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home To Bed
Your before bed schedule has become routine: turn off the lights, lock the front door, set the thermostat, and prep your security system. However, how many times have you woken up to find that you neglected to lock the side door or left the kitchen light burning? And after you fail to do one section of your nightly checklist, it's simple to overlook it another night, too. Then without realizing it, your missed ritual becomes a habit in its own right.
But you can ensure that your living space is prepared for bed every night when you automate your nighttime program. Through your Austin home security system, you can craft a template that adjusts all your devices without you traveling room to room. With a press of a screen, you can secure the doors, power off the lights, lower the thermostat, and activate your security devices. Or don't agonize about not remembering to hit a button. Set your automation to turn on at a set time -- like 10pm.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Alert When You Leave For Work
Along with a bedtime schedule, you can set your automation systems to set when your home is vacant. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can set your home on guard through an easy button press. Now you can be sure that every entryway is secure, every light is no longer on, the alarms are armed, and your cameras are on duty. You can even close the garage door with the app if you accidentally left it up.
You don't have to keep your home on guard the entire day. Unlatch the doors for returning friends or service professionals via the smartphone app. Or place your house on alert without even pushing a button. By setting a geofence around your property, 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 Everything Else
Exiting your house and going to bed may be just one setting on your home automation system. You can also create backdrops for all types of activities. Adjust the lights just a touch while lowering your motorized blinds for the penultimate movie watching atmosphere. Light a dimly lit trail from your bed to the kitchen for a nighttime snack.
You can program a "party" setting that effortlessly dims the lights and temperature to account for the extra body heat. Then when a new visitor knocks at your door, you can tell them to come on in via your doorbell camera. You can also set music and smart lights to power on via your ADT Control app. And if you find you need another futuristic piece of smart technology, you can seamlessly sync it to your existing network.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Notifications To Your Mobile Device
Always be aware of what's going down in your home with automated updates sent to your smartphone. Any time a motion sensor on a security camera picks up unusual activity, you'll learn about it via a text or mobile pop-up. Fire and safety alarms will send an alert so that you won’t come home to an undiscovered situation. Or have your smart locks alert you when your kids come home from the bus. Once you receive a notification, you can judge how to respond.
Talk with anyone at your front door via the doorbell cameras to direct them where to hide a package. See through your outdoor cameras to see if the abnormal movement facilitates a phone call to the police. Or remotely trigger lights and sound to scare away any unwanted trespasser.
Home Automation Idea #5: Stay Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system can make you feel protected and comfortable, they will help in a fire or other hazardous situations. When your smoke detectors sense intense heat, your home can spring into action! Set the furnace fan to automatically power on and vent dangerous smoke. Then have it turn on all your smart bulbs to light the way away from the fire, and unlock all the doors for emergency responders.
In fact, you can set automated responses to any emergency circumstances. Power on all the lights if a glass break detector trips. Sound your high decibel sirens when the 2-button medical alert is pressed. Or get video clips sent to your mobile device when your smart locks trigger. Almost all of your devices can be synced to function together in any way you think will help safeguard your home and loved ones.