One of the perks of buying an ADT home security system in Columbia is that you can integrate it with home automation. Smart thermostats will make your home the ideal temperature and eco-friendly. Smart locks allow you to remote control your entrances. And you won’t leave the garage door wide open again once you get your automated garage door sensor.
However, as powerful as these devices are alone, they can have an even greater impact when used together with your home security system. Here are just 5 life-changing home automation ideas for Columbia that will make your home much more responsive to your needs:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home To Bed
Your before bed schedule has become routine: shut off all the lights, lock the doors, adjust the thermostat, and prepare your security system. However, how many times have you woken up to find that you failed to lock the side door or left the living room light glaring? And after you fail to do one thing on your bedtime checklist, it's easy to neglect it the next night, as well. Then after a while, your neglected regimen becomes routine in its own right.
But you can make sure that your house is set for bedtime every evening when you automate your nighttime routine. Through your Columbia home security system, you can generate a scenario that adjusts all your devices without you traveling room to room. With a touch of a button, you can secure the doors, shut off the lights, adjust the thermostat, and activate your security devices. Or don't agonize about forgetting to touch a button. Program your automation to trigger at a specific time -- such as midnight.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Alert When You Go For Work
Along with a evening schedule, you can set your automation routines to arm when your house is vacant. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can place your house on defense with one button touch. Now you can be sure that every door 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 through the app if it’s accidentally left wide open.
You don't have to keep your living space on alert the whole day. Open the doors for returning visitors or service folk via the mobile app. Or place your home on alert without even pushing a button. By installing a geofence around your home, your system arms every time you leave the driveway. Then when you return home, your alarms switch off, and your doors unlock when you come 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 bed may be just one setting on your home automation system. You can also create scenes for all sorts of moods. Change the lights just a smidge while closing your motorized blinds for the penultimate movie viewing experience. Light a dimly lit path from your bedroom to the fridge for a midnight snack.
You can devise a "party" setting that automatically changes the lights and thermostat to adapt for the increased body heat. Then when someone new comes to your door, you can tell them to enter via your doorbell camera. You can even set music and decorative lights to power on with your ADT Control app. And if you find you need another cutting-edge piece of smart technology, you can simply integrate it to your existing network.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Updates To Your Smartphone
Always stay in the know of what's happening in your house with automated updates sent to your mobile device. Any time a motion sensor on a security camera picks up unusual movements, you'll know through a text or mobile pop-up. Fire and safety alarms will trigger an alert so that you'll never come home to an undiscovered situation. Or have your smart locks notify you when your kids return home from school. Once you read a notification, you can determine how to move forward.
Speak with porch visitors through the doorbell cameras to tell them where to stash a package. See through your smart cameras to see if the unusual motion facilitates a call to the authorities. Or remotely power lights and music to frighten any suspicious trespasser.
Home Automation Idea #5: Keep Safe During A Fire
While your home automation tech will make you feel safe and comfortable, they will aid in a fire or other hazardous situations. Should your smoke detectors find a fire, your home automation system can spring into action! Program the furnace fan to automatically turn on and vent hazardous smoke. Then have your home power on all your smart bulbs to light the way out, and open all the doors for emergency specialists.
In fact, you can program automated reactions to several emergency situations. Turn on all the lights when a glass break detector triggers. Blare your high decibel sirens when the 2-button medical alert is pushed. Or get video snippets sent to your mobile device when your smart locks activate. Almost all of your systems can be interconnected to function together in any manner you think will help protect your home and family.