One of the benefits of buying an ADT home security system in San Antonio is that you can pair it with home automation. Smart thermostats can make your home the perfect temperature and energy-efficient. Smart locks grant you the power to remote control your entrances. And you won’t forget that you left the garage door wide open again with an automated garage door sensor.
However, as powerful as these gadgets are by themselves, they can have an even larger impact when employed in tandem with your security system. Here are just 5 amazing home automation ideas for San Antonio that will make your house much more attuned to your wishes:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home To Bed
Your nighttime ritual has become routine: shut off all the lights, lock the doors, adjust the thermostat, and prepare your security system. However, how often have you woken up to see that you failed to lock the side door or left the living room light burning? And once you fail to do one section of your nightly checklist, it's simple to neglect it the next evening, too. Then after a while, your neglected regimen becomes a habit on its own.
But you can make sure that your living space is set for bed every night when you automate your nighttime program. Through your San Antonio home security system, you can generate a scenario that sets all your tech without you leaving bed. With a tap of a screen, you can lock the doors, shut off the lights, change the thermostat, and arm your security system. Or don't fret about failing to remember to hit a button. Set your automation to turn on at a set time -- such as 11pm.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Guard When You Leave For Work
Along with a before bed schedule, you can designate your automation systems to activate when your house is empty. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can set your living space on alert with an easy button touch. Now you can be sure that every entryway is locked, 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 wide open.
You don't need to keep your living space on guard the entire day. Open the doors for out-of-town friends or service professionals through the mobile app. Or place your house on guard without even looking at your phone. By setting a geofence around your home, your system turns on every time you leave the driveway. Then when you return home, your alarms switch off, and your doors unlock when you come up to the house.
Home Automation Idea #3: Create 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 backdrops for all sorts of events. Change the lights just a touch while lowering your motorized blinds for the penultimate movie watching experience. Create a dimly lit trail from your bed to the kitchen for a midnight snack.
You can program a "party" scene that effortlessly changes the lights and temperature to account for the increased body heat. Then when someone new arrives at your door, you can tell them to let themselves in via your doorbell camera. You can even customize music and smart lights to turn on through your ADT Control app. And if you decide you want another futuristic piece of smart technology, you can easily sync it to your existing ecosystem.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Updates To Your Mobile Device
Always keep abreast of what's going on in your house with automated notifications delivered to your smartphone. Any time a motion sensor on a surveillance camera picks up unwanted movements, you'll hear about it through a text or push notification. Fire and carbon monoxide detectors will send an alert so that you won’t come home to an unexpected situation. Or have your smart locks ping you when your kids return home from the bus. Once you receive a notification, you can decide how to act.
Talk with delivery workers through the doorbell cameras to direct them where to stash a package. See through your outdoor cameras to determine if the unusual activity warrants a call to the authorities. Or remotely power lights and sound to deter any suspicious interloper.
Home Automation Idea #5: Stay Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system helps make you feel safe and comfortable, they will help in a fire or other hazardous situations. Should your smoke detectors discover excess smoke, your home automation devices can spring into action! Set the furnace fan to automatically switch on and vent harmful smoke. Then have the system power on all your smart bulbs to show the way out, and unlock all the doors for emergency crews.
In fact, you can set automated protocols to numerous emergency situations. Turn on all the lights when a glass break detector trips. Sound your high decibel sirens when the 2-button medical alert is pushed. Or get video snippets sent to your phone when your smart locks trigger. Virtually all of your systems can be interconnected to function in tandem in any way you think will help protect your home and family.