One of the benefits of choosing an ADT home security system in Colorado Springs is that you can pair it with home automation. Smart thermostats will make your living space the ideal temperature and energy-efficient. Smart locks empower you to remote control your doors. And you won’t leave 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 greater impact when employed in tandem with your home security system. Here are just 5 amazing home automation ideas for Colorado Springs that will make your house much more responsive to your lifestyle:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For Bed
Your before bed schedule has become routine: turn off all the lights, lock the doors, adjust the thermostat, and arm your security system. However, how often have you woken up to discover that you failed to lock the front door or left the living room light glaring? And after you fail to do one section of your evening checklist, it's simple to neglect it another time, as well. Then after a while, your neglected regimen becomes a habit on its own.
But you can guarantee that your home is set for bedtime every night when you automate your bedtime routine. Through your Colorado Springs home security system, you can create a scene that sets all your tech without you going around the house. With a tap of a button, you can lock the doors, power off the lights, change the thermostat, and set your security devices. Or don't agonize about not remembering to press a button. Program your automation to turn on at a specific time -- such as 11pm.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On The Defensive When You Go For Work
Along with a before bed routine, you can program your automation systems to arm when your house is empty. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can put your house on alert through one button touch. Now you can ensure that every entryway is locked, every light is no longer on, the alarms are armed, and your cameras are activated. You can even close the garage door via the app if you accidentally left it wide open.
You don't have to keep your living space on guard the entire day. Unlock the doors for returning family or service folk through the mobile app. Or put your home on guard without even lifting a finger. By setting a geofence around your home, your system turns on every time you pull out of the driveway. Then when you come home, your alarms disarm, and your doors unlock when you come up to the garage.
Home Automation Idea #3: Set 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 types of moods. Tweak the lights just a dash while closing your motorized shades for the premiere movie viewing atmosphere. Create a dimly lit trail from your bedroom to the fridge for a midnight snack.
You can devise a "party" setting that effortlessly lowers the lights and temperature to adapt for the additional body heat. Then when someone new arrives at your door, you can tell them to let themselves in with your doorbell camera. You can also set music and decorative lights to turn on via your ADT Control app. And if you determine you need another sleek piece of smart technology, you can easily add it to your existing ecosystem.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Updates To Your Smartphone
Always keep abreast of what's going down in your house with automated updates sent to your mobile device. Whenever a motion sensor on a surveillance camera sense abnormal movements, you'll know via a text or push notification. Fire and carbon monoxide alarms will send an alert so that you'll never return home to an undiscovered emergency. Or have your smart locks ping you when your kids return home from the bus. Once you get a notification, you can decide how to act.
Talk with anyone at your front door through the doorbell cameras to direct them where to stash a parcel. See through your outdoor cameras to judge if the unusual motion is worth a call to the authorities. Or remotely trigger lights and sound to scare away any unwanted intruders.
Home Automation Idea #5: Stay Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system can make you feel safe and comfortable, they can also help in a fire or other situations. When your smoke detectors discover intense heat, your home automation system can spring into action! Set the furnace fan to automatically turn on and vent harmful smoke. Then have it turn on all your smart bulbs to show the way away from the fire, and open all the doors for emergency crews.
In fact, you can set automated protocols to several emergency events. Power on all the lights when a glass break detector trips. Blare your high decibel speakers when the 2-button medical alert is pressed. Or get video segments sent to your mobile device when your smart locks trigger. Almost all of your tech can be synced to work in tandem in any manner you think will help protect your home and family.