One of the advantages of installing an ADT home security system in Tuscaloosa is that you can pair 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 forget that you left the garage door wide open again once you get your automated garage door sensor.
However, as great as these tools are by themselves, they can have an even greater effect when employed in tandem with your security system. Here are just 5 amazing home automation ideas for Tuscaloosa that will make your house much more responsive to your lifestyle:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For The Night
Your nighttime schedule has become routine: turn off the lights, lock the door, change the thermostat, and prep your security system. However, how many times have you woken up to find that you failed to lock the back door or left the bathroom light burning? And once you neglect to do one part of your nightly checklist, it's simple to overlook it another time, too. Then without realizing it, your missed regimen becomes a habit.
But you can ensure that your home is set for bedtime every evening when you automate your nighttime program. Through your Tuscaloosa home security system, you can create a scenario that sets all your gadgets without you going around the house. With a press of a button, you can lock the doors, power off the lights, lower the thermostat, and arm your alarm. Or don't worry about forgetting to touch a button. Program your automation to trigger at a set time -- like 11pm.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On The Defensive When You Go For Work
Along with a evening schedule, you can program your automation parameters to activate when your house is empty. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can set your house on guard through a single button press. Now you can guarantee that every entryway is secured, every light is no longer on, the alarms are set, and your cameras are on watch. You can even shut the garage door via the app if you accidentally left it up.
You don't need to keep your living space on guard the whole day. Unlatch the doors for returning friends or service professionals through the smartphone app. Or set your home on lockdown without even lifting a finger. By setting a geofence around your property, your system powers on every time you pull out of the driveway. Then when you return home, your alarms turn off, and your doors unlock when you pull up to the garage.
Home Automation Idea #3: Match Moods For Watching TV And Everything Else
Leaving the house and going to bed may be just one option on your home automation system. You can also form scenes for all sorts of activities. Tweak the lights just a dash while lowering your motorized shutters for the ultimate movie theatre experience. Create a dimly lit trail from your living room to the fridge for a nighttime snack.
You can craft a "party" setting that automatically dims the lights and temperature to account for the additional body heat. Then when someone new comes to your door, you can ask them to come on in through your doorbell camera. You can also set music and smart lights to turn on via your ADT Control app. And if you determine you want another futuristic piece of smart technology, you can simply add it to your existing system.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Alerts To Your Smartphone
Always keep abreast of what's happening in your house through automated updates sent to your mobile device. Any time a motion sensor on a security camera detect unwanted motion, you'll know via a text or mobile pop-up. Fire and carbon monoxide detectors will trigger an alert so that you won’t come home to an undiscovered emergency. Or have your smart locks alert you when your kids return home from school. Once you read a notification, you can judge how to move forward.
Communicate with porch visitors through the doorbell cameras to instruct them where to leave a parcel. Watch your security cameras to judge if the strange activity warrants a call to the authorities. 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 safe and comfortable, they can also aid in a fire or other situations. When your smoke detectors sense excess smoke, your home can jump into action! Tell the furnace fan to automatically switch on and vent dangerous smoke. Then have the system switch on all your smart lights to illuminate the way to safety, and open all the doors for emergency responders.
In fact, you can program automated protocols to several emergency events. Power on all the lights when a glass break detector triggers. Sound your high decibel alarms when the 2-button medical alert is pushed. Or get video snippets sent to your phone when your smart locks activate. Nearly all of your systems can be interconnected to operate together in any manner you think will help safeguard your home and loved ones.