One of the perks of installing an ADT home security system in York is that you can sync it with home automation. Smart thermostats will make your house the perfect temperature and energy-efficient. Smart locks empower you to remote control your doorways. And you won’t forget that you left the garage door wide open again with your automated garage door sensor.
However, as convenient as these gadgets are on their own, they can have an even more significant effect when employed in tandem with your security system. Here are just 5 incredible home automation ideas for York that will make your living space much more attuned to your needs:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home To Bed
Your before bed habits has become routine: shut off all the lights, lock the door, adjust the thermostat, and prep your security system. However, how many times have you woken up to see that you forgot to lock the front door or left the kitchen light glaring? And after you forget to do one thing on your bedtime checklist, it's simple to neglect it another time, as well. Then before you know it, your missed regimen becomes routine on its own.
But you can ensure that your living space is prepared for bed every night when you automate your bedtime routine. Through your York home security system, you can craft a template that fine-tunes all your devices without you traveling room to room. With a touch of a screen, you can lock the doors, shut off the lights, change the thermostat, and activate your security system. Or don't worry about not remembering to touch a button. Set your automation to turn on at a predetermined time -- such as midnight.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On The Defensive When You Travel For Work
Along with a bedtime schedule, you can set your automation systems to activate when your house is empty. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can place your house on alert with a single button tap. Now you can be sure that every entryway is locked, every light is no longer on, the alarms are set, and your cameras are activated. You can even batten down the garage door with the app if you accidentally left it open.
You don't need to keep your living space on alert the whole day. Open the doors for returning family or service professionals through the mobile app. Or put your house on lockdown without even looking at your phone. By placing a geofence around your property, your devices turns on every time you leave the driveway. Then when you return home, your alarms disarm, and your doors unlock when you drive up to the house.
Home Automation Idea #3: Set Moods For Watching TV And The Rest Of Your Life
Leaving the house and going to sleep may be just one option on your home automation system. You can also form scenes for all types of events. Change the lights just a dash while dropping your motorized shades for the premiere movie theatre experience. Illuminate a dimly lit trail from your bed to the pantry for an evening snack.
You can devise a "party" setting that automatically changes the lights and temperature to account for the increased body heat. Then when someone new arrives at your door, you can ask them to enter with your doorbell camera. You can even select music and smart lights to come on with your ADT Control app. And if you determine you want another futuristic piece of smart technology, you can simply integrate it to your existing system.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Updates To Your Smartphone
Always keep abreast of what's going down in your house through automated updates delivered to your mobile device. Whenever a motion sensor on a surveillance camera picks up abnormal movements, you'll learn about it via a text or mobile pop-up. Fire and safety detectors will trigger an alert so that you won’t come home to an unexpected emergency. Or have your smart locks notify you when your kids arrive home from the bus. Once you get a notification, you can judge how to move forward.
Talk with porch visitors with the doorbell cameras to instruct them where to hide a parcel. Check your outdoor cameras to see if the strange motion warrants a phone call to the authorities. Or remotely turn on lights and music to scare away any unwanted trespasser.
Home Automation Idea #5: Stay Safe During A Fire
While your home automation tech helps make you feel protected and secure, they can also help in a fire or other situations. When your smoke detectors find a fire, your home automation system can dive into action! Program the furnace fan to automatically switch on and vent hazardous smoke. Then have the system turn on all your smart lights to light the way away from the fire, and open all the doors for emergency crews.
In fact, you can program automated reactions to any emergency situations. Power on all the lights if a glass break sensor chimes. Sound your high decibel alarms when the 2-button medical alert is pushed. Or get video segments sent to your mobile device when your smart locks trip. Virtually all of your systems can be networked to work in tandem in any way you think will help protect your home and loved ones.