One of the perks of choosing an ADT home security system in Hartford is that you can pair it with home automation. Smart thermostats will make your house the perfect temperature and energy-efficient. Smart locks allow you to remote control your doors. And you won’t forget that you left the garage door wide open again with an automated garage door sensor.
However, as great as these tools are by themselves, they can have an even larger impact when utilized in tandem with your security system. Here are just 5 life-changing home automation ideas for Hartford that will make your living space much more responsive to your lifestyle:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For The Night
Your bedtime schedule has become routine: shut off all the lights, lock the front door, change the thermostat, and arm 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 on? And once you neglect to do one part of your bedtime checklist, it's simple to overlook it the next night, as well. Then without realizing it, your forgotten regimen becomes commonplace in its own right.
But you can ensure that your living space is set for bed every evening when you automate your nighttime program. Through your Hartford home security system, you can generate a template that fine-tunes all your gadgets without you leaving bed. With a press of a screen, you can secure the doors, power off the lights, lower the thermostat, and set your security system. Or don't worry about not remembering to touch a button. Designate your automation to trigger at a predetermined time -- like 11pm.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Guard When You Go For Work
Along with a before bed routine, you can program your automation routines to arm when your home is empty. With your ADT Control mobile app, you can place your house on guard with an easy button tap. Now you can guarantee that every door is secure, every light is off, the alarms are set, and your cameras are activated. You can even batten down the garage door through the app if it’s accidentally left open.
You don't need to keep your house locked up the whole day. Unlatch the doors for returning visitors or service professionals through the smartphone app. Or place your house on alert without even looking at your phone. By setting a geofence around your house, your system powers on each time you pull out of the driveway. Then when you come home, your alarms disarm, 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 going to sleep may be just one setting on your home automation system. You can also customize scenes for all kinds of events. Change the lights just a smidge while dropping your motorized shutters for the premiere movie watching atmosphere. Illuminate a dimly lit trail from your bedroom to the kitchen for a nighttime snack.
You can devise a "party" setting that automatically lowers the lights and temperature to adapt for the extra body heat. Then when a new visitor arrives at your door, you can ask them to come on in through your doorbell camera. You can even select music and smart lights to come on through your ADT Control app. And if you find you want another cutting-edge piece of smart technology, you can simply integrate it to your existing network.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Notifications To Your Phone
Always keep abreast of what's happening in your home through automated notifications delivered to your mobile device. Any time a motion sensor on a surveillance camera detect abnormal activity, you'll know with a text or mobile pop-up. Fire and carbon monoxide detectors will trigger an alert so that you'll never come home to an unknown situation. Or have your smart locks ping you when your kids arrive home from the bus. Once you receive a notification, you can decide how to act.
Talk with delivery workers via the doorbell cameras to direct them where to hide a package. Watch your security cameras to judge if the unusual movement is worth a call to the authorities. Or remotely turn on lights and music to deter any suspicious interloper.
Home Automation Idea #5: Be Safe During A Fire
While your home automation tech can make you feel protected and comfortable, they will assist in a fire or other hazardous situations. Should your smoke detectors find a fire, your home automation devices can spring into action! Set the furnace fan to automatically switch on and vent harmful smoke. Then have it turn on all your smart lights to show the way to safety, and unlock all the doors for emergency crews.
In fact, you can calibrate automated reactions to numerous emergency situations. Turn on all the lights when a glass break sensor triggers. Blare 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. Virtually all of your tech can be synced to operate together in any manner you think will help protect your home and family.