One of the benefits of buying an ADT home security system in Orange County is that you can sync it with home automation. Smart thermostats can make your home more comfortable and eco-conscious. Smart locks empower 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 gadgets are by themselves, they can have an even greater effect when utilized together with your home security system. Here are just 5 life-changing home automation ideas for Orange County that will make your house much more attuned to your lifestyle:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home To Bed
Your nighttime schedule has become routine: shut off all the lights, lock the door, adjust the thermostat, and prepare your security system. However, how often have you woken up to discover that you neglected to lock the side door or left the kitchen light on? And once you forget to do one section of your evening checklist, it's simple to neglect it another night, as well. Then after a while, your forgotten regimen becomes a habit.
But you can make sure that your house is prepared for bed every night when you automate your bedtime ritual. Through your Orange County home security system, you can craft a template that sets all your devices without you going around the house. With a touch of a screen, you can lock the doors, shut off the lights, lower the thermostat, and arm your security system. Or don't worry about forgetting to touch a button. Program your automation to turn on at a predetermined time -- like midnight.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Guard When You Go For Work
Along with a before bed procedure, you can program your automation parameters to arm when your house is empty. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can put your home on defense with an easy button tap. Now you can ensure that every door is locked, every light is turned off, the alarms are set, and your cameras are on duty. You can even batten down the garage door with the app if you accidentally left it open.
You don't need to keep your home on alert the entire day. Unlatch the doors for returning visitors or service folk through the smartphone app. Or set your house on alert without even pushing a button. By placing a geofence around your home, your system turns on each time you roll down the driveway. Then when you come home, your alarms turn off, and your doors unlock when you drive up to the garage.
Home Automation Idea #3: Create Moods For Watching TV And Other Activities
Exiting your house and putting your house to bed may be just one option on your home automation system. You can also create scenes for all kinds of activities. Tweak the lights just a smidge while lowering your motorized blinds for the premiere movie watching experience. Illuminate a dimly lit trail from your living room to the pantry for an evening snack.
You can program a "party" scenario that effortlessly lowers the lights and thermostat to adapt for the additional body heat. Then when a new visitor arrives at your door, you can inform them to let themselves in with your doorbell camera. You can also select music and decorative lights to turn on through your ADT Control app. And if you find you just have to get another cutting-edge piece of smart technology, you can simply integrate it to your existing system.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Updates To Your Smartphone
Always stay in the know of what's going on in your home with automated notifications sent to your smartphone. Any time a motion sensor on a security camera detect unwanted motion, you'll know with a text or push notification. Fire and CO sensors will show an alert so that you won’t come home to an unknown emergency. Or have your smart locks alert you when your kids arrive home from the bus. Once you read a notification, you can judge how to move forward.
Communicate with anyone at your front door with the doorbell cameras to instruct them where to hide a package. Check your smart cameras to see if the strange motion is worth a call to the police. Or remotely trigger lights and sound to deter any suspicious trespasser.
Home Automation Idea #5: Keep Safe During A Fire
While your home automation tech can make you feel safe and comfortable, they can also aid in a fire or other hazardous situations. Should your smoke detectors discover intense heat, your home automation system can spring into action! Tell the furnace fan to automatically turn on and vent dangerous smoke. Then have it switch on all your smart bulbs to show the way to safety, and unlock all the doors for emergency crews.
In fact, you can calibrate automated reactions to any emergency events. Power on all the lights when a glass break sensor triggers. Echo your high decibel alarms when the 2-button medical alert is used. Or get video clips sent to your mobile device when your smart locks activate. Nearly all of your systems can be interconnected to operate together in any way you think will help safeguard your home and loved ones.