One of the benefits of choosing an ADT home security system in Birmingham is that you can sync it with home automation. Smart thermostats will make your house the perfect temperature and eco-friendly. Smart locks grant you the power to remote control your entrances. And you won’t leave the garage door wide open again with your automated garage door sensor.
However, as great as these tools are alone, they can have an even larger effect when employed in tandem with your home security system. Here are just 5 amazing home automation ideas for Birmingham that will make your house much more attuned to your lifestyle:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For Bed
Your bedtime habits has become routine: turn off all the lights, lock the front door, set the thermostat, and arm your security system. However, how many times have you woken up to discover that you neglected to lock the front door or left the kitchen light on? And once you forget to do one thing on your bedtime checklist, it's easy to forget it the next time, as well. Then without realizing it, your missed checklist becomes routine.
But you can make sure that your house is prepared for bed every evening when you automate your bedtime ritual. Through your Birmingham home security system, you can generate a scenario that fine-tunes all your gadgets without you going around the house. With a press of a screen, you can secure the doors, shut off the lights, adjust the thermostat, and arm your security system. Or don't worry about not remembering to touch a button. Set your automation to activate at a set time -- like 10pm.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Alert When You Travel For Work
Along with a before bed schedule, you can designate your automation systems to activate when your home is vacant. With your ADT Control mobile app, you can set your house on alert through an easy button tap. Now you can guarantee that every entryway is secure, every light is off, the alarms are set, and your cameras are on duty. You can even shut the garage door with the app if you accidentally left it open.
You don't need to keep your living space locked up the whole day. Unlock the doors for out-of-town friends or service workers with the mobile app. Or set your house on lockdown without even looking at your phone. By installing a geofence around your property, your system powers on every time you leave the driveway. Then when you return home, your alarms turn off, and your doors unlock when you pull up to the house.
Home Automation Idea #3: Match Moods For Watching TV And Other Activities
Leaving the house and going to bed may be just one option on your home automation system. You can also form atmospheres for all kinds of events. Change the lights just a dash while dropping your motorized shades for the penultimate movie viewing experience. Illuminate a dimly lit path from your bedroom to the fridge for an evening snack.
You can program a "party" setting that automatically changes the lights and thermostat to adapt for the additional body heat. Then when a new visitor arrives at your door, you can inform them to enter with your doorbell camera. You can also customize 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 simply add it to your existing network.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Updates To Your Smartphone
Always keep abreast of what's going on in your home through automated alerts sent to your smartphone. Whenever a motion sensor on a surveillance camera sense unwanted activity, you'll hear about it via a text or push notification. Fire and carbon monoxide detectors will show an alert so that you'll never come home to an unknown situation. Or have your smart locks notify you when your kids arrive home from the bus. Once you read a notification, you can determine how to respond.
Talk with delivery workers through the doorbell cameras to direct them where to hide a parcel. Watch your outdoor cameras to judge if the unusual motion warrants a call to the authorities. Or remotely trigger lights and sound to scare away any suspicious intruders.
Home Automation Idea #5: Be Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system helps make you feel safe and secure, they can also assist in a fire or other situations. If your smoke detectors discover a fire, your home can jump into action! Tell the furnace fan to automatically turn on and vent dangerous smoke. Then have the system power on all your smart bulbs to light the way out, and open all the doors for emergency responders.
In fact, you can program automated protocols to any emergency events. Power on all the lights when a glass break detector trips. Echo your high decibel sirens when the 2-button medical alert is pushed. Or get video snippets sent to your mobile device when your smart locks trip. Nearly all of your tech can be synced to work in tandem in any way you think will help safeguard your home and loved ones.