One of the benefits of choosing an ADT home security system in Toledo is that you can pair it with home automation. Smart thermostats will make your house the perfect temperature and eco-conscious. Smart locks grant you the power 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 great as these tools are by themselves, they can have an even larger impact when used in tandem with your security system. Here are just 5 life-changing home automation ideas for Toledo that will make your home much more responsive to your needs:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For The Night
Your bedtime schedule has become routine: turn off the lights, lock the door, adjust the thermostat, and arm your security system. However, how many times have you woken up to find that you forgot to lock the front door or left the bathroom light burning? And after you fail to do one part of your nightly checklist, it's easy to neglect it the next time, too. Then before you know it, your missed regimen becomes commonplace.
But you can make sure that your home is set for bed every night when you automate your nighttime program. Through your Toledo home security system, you can create a template that adjusts all your tech without you going around the house. With a touch of a button, you can secure the doors, power off the lights, lower the thermostat, and activate your security devices. Or don't worry about forgetting to touch a button. Set your automation to turn on at a predetermined time -- like 11pm.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Guard When You Go For Work
Along with a evening routine, you can set your automation routines to activate when your house is empty. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can place your living space on guard through an easy button touch. Now you can ensure that every entryway is secured, every light is no longer on, the alarms are armed, and your cameras are on duty. You can even close the garage door with the app if you accidentally left it up.
You don't have to keep your house on alert the entire day. Unlatch the doors for returning friends or service professionals with the mobile app. Or set your house on lockdown without even pushing a button. By installing a geofence around your property, your system turns on every time you pull out of 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
Departing the house and going to bed may be just one option on your home automation system. You can also form scenes for all types of activities. Tweak the lights just a touch while dropping your motorized blinds for the premiere movie theatre experience. Light a dimly lit path from your living room to the fridge for a nighttime snack.
You can devise a "party" scenario that seamlessly dims the lights and thermostat 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 also select music and decorative lights to turn on with your ADT Control app. And if you decide you just have to get another futuristic piece of smart technology, you can simply sync it to your existing system.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Notifications To Your Phone
Always stay in the know of what's going on in your house through automated alerts delivered to your smartphone. Any time a motion sensor on a security camera detect unusual activity, you'll learn about it with a text or push notification. Fire and CO sensors will send an alert so that you won’t return home to an unexpected emergency. Or have your smart locks ping you when your kids arrive home from school. Once you receive a notification, you can decide how to move forward.
Talk with porch visitors via the doorbell cameras to tell them where to leave a package. Check your security cameras to judge if the unusual movement warrants a call to the police. Or remotely turn on lights and sound to frighten any suspicious interloper.
Home Automation Idea #5: Stay Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system can make you feel safe and comfortable, they will aid in a fire or other hazardous situations. Should your smoke detectors sense excess smoke, your home automation system can jump into action! Set the furnace fan to automatically switch on and vent harmful smoke. Then have the system turn on all your smart bulbs to light the way to safety, and open all the doors for emergency crews.
In fact, you can calibrate automated responses to several emergency situations. Turn on all the lights when a glass break sensor chimes. Echo your high decibel alarms when the 2-button medical alert is pressed. Or get video clips sent to your phone when your smart locks trigger. Nearly all of your tech can be networked to operate in tandem in any manner you think will help safeguard your home and loved ones.