One of the perks of installing an ADT home security system in Ann Arbor is that you can integrate it with home automation. Smart thermostats can make your house the perfect temperature and energy-efficient. Smart locks allow you 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 powerful as these tools are alone, they can have an even more significant impact when employed in tandem with your home security system. Here are just 5 life-changing home automation ideas for Ann Arbor that will make your living space much more responsive to your lifestyle:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home To Bed
Your before bed schedule has become routine: shut off all the lights, lock the front door, change the thermostat, and arm your security system. However, how often have you woken up to see that you forgot to lock the side door or left the bathroom light on? And after you neglect to do one thing on your nightly checklist, it's easy to neglect it the next night, too. Then without realizing it, your forgotten ritual becomes commonplace on its own.
But you can make sure that your home is prepared for bedtime every evening when you automate your nighttime program. Through your Ann Arbor home security system, you can create a template that adjusts all your gadgets without you traveling room to room. With a tap of a screen, you can lock the doors, power off the lights, change the thermostat, and set your security devices. Or don't fret about failing to remember to press a button. Program your automation to activate at a predetermined time -- like 10pm.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Guard When You Travel For Work
Along with a before bed procedure, you can program your automation parameters to arm when your house is vacant. With your ADT Control mobile app, you can put your house on defense via a single button touch. Now you can be sure that every entryway is locked, every light is turned off, the alarms are armed, and your cameras are activated. You can even close the garage door via the app if it’s accidentally left wide open.
You don't need to keep your home locked up the entire day. Open the doors for incoming friends or service folk with the smartphone app. Or set your home on lockdown without even lifting a finger. By setting a geofence around your property, your devices 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: Match Moods For Watching TV And Everything Else
Exiting your house and putting your house to bed may be just one setting on your home automation system. You can also customize backdrops for all sorts of moods. Change the lights just a touch while closing your motorized blinds for the premiere movie watching atmosphere. Light a dimly lit aisle from your bed to the fridge for an evening snack.
You can craft a "party" scenario that automatically dims the lights and temperature to account for the extra body heat. Then when anyone knocks at your door, you can ask them to let themselves in via your doorbell camera. You can also select music and decorative lights to power on via your ADT Control app. And if you determine you want another cutting-edge piece of smart technology, you can seamlessly sync it to your existing network.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Updates To Your Phone
Always be aware of what's going on in your house with automated notifications delivered to your mobile device. Any time a motion sensor on a surveillance camera picks up abnormal movements, you'll learn about it with a text or push notification. Fire and carbon monoxide detectors will send an alert so that you won’t return home to an undiscovered emergency. Or have your smart locks alert you when your kids return home from the bus. Once you get a notification, you can determine how to move forward.
Speak with anyone at your front door through the doorbell cameras to instruct them where to hide a delivery. Check your smart cameras to judge if the abnormal activity is worth a call to the authorities. Or remotely turn on lights and sound to deter any suspicious interloper.
Home Automation Idea #5: Be Safe During A Fire
While your home automation tech helps make you feel safe and comfortable, they will assist in a fire or other hazardous situations. When your smoke detectors sense a fire, your home can jump into action! Program the furnace fan to automatically switch on and vent hazardous smoke. Then have your home turn on all your smart lights to show the way away from the fire, and open all the doors for emergency specialists.
In fact, you can calibrate automated reactions to several emergency events. Power on all the lights if a glass break detector trips. Echo your high decibel speakers when the 2-button medical alert is used. Or get video snippets sent to your phone when your smart locks trigger. Nearly all of your tech can be networked to operate together in any way you think will help protect your home and loved ones.