One of the benefits of choosing an ADT home security system in Harrisburg is that you can integrate it with home automation. Smart thermostats will make your living space the ideal temperature and eco-friendly. Smart locks allow you to remote control your doorways. And you won’t accidentally leave the garage door open again with your automated garage door sensor.
However, as convenient as these gadgets are alone, they can have an even larger effect when utilized in tandem with your home security system. Here are just 5 life-changing home automation ideas for Harrisburg that will make your living space much more responsive to your wishes:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For Bed
Your bedtime ritual has become routine: shut off the lights, lock the door, set the thermostat, and prepare your security system. However, how often have you woken up to see that you forgot to lock the back door or left the living room light burning? And once you neglect to do one part of your evening checklist, it's simple to overlook it the next night, too. Then before you know it, your neglected checklist becomes routine in its own right.
But you can make sure that your house is ready for bed every evening when you automate your bedtime ritual. Through your Harrisburg home security system, you can craft a template that adjusts all your gadgets without you going around the house. With a touch of a screen, you can lock the doors, power off the lights, change the thermostat, and arm your security devices. Or don't fret about forgetting to press a button. Program your automation to trigger at a predetermined time -- such as 10pm.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Guard When You Leave For Work
Along with a bedtime routine, you can program your automation routines to activate when your home is empty. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can set your house on alert via a single button touch. Now you can guarantee that every door is secured, every light is off, the alarms are armed, and your cameras are activated. You can even batten down the garage door through the app if you accidentally left it wide open.
You don't have to keep your house locked up the whole day. Unlatch the doors for out-of-town visitors or service workers through the mobile app. Or set your house on guard without even lifting a finger. By placing a geofence around your home, your system powers on each time you roll down the driveway. Then when you return home, your alarms disarm, and your doors unlock when you come up to the garage.
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 create scenes for all types of activities. Adjust the lights just a dash while dropping your motorized shutters for the ultimate movie watching experience. Create a dimly lit path from your bedroom to the kitchen for an evening snack.
You can devise a "party" setting that effortlessly dims the lights and temperature to account for the additional body heat. Then when a new visitor arrives at your door, you can inform them to let themselves in via your doorbell camera. You can also select music and decorative lights to come on through your ADT Control app. And if you determine you just have to get another futuristic piece of smart technology, you can easily integrate it to your current ecosystem.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Notifications To Your Mobile Device
Always keep abreast of what's happening in your home with automated notifications sent to your phone. Whenever a motion sensor on a security camera picks up unusual activity, you'll know via a text or push notification. Fire and carbon monoxide sensors 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 come home from the bus. Once you read a notification, you can decide how to move forward.
Communicate with anyone at your front door with the doorbell cameras to direct them where to leave a parcel. Check your outdoor cameras to see if the unusual motion is worth a phone call to the police. Or remotely turn on lights and music to deter any suspicious intruders.
Home Automation Idea #5: Stay Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system will make you feel protected and secure, they can also aid in a fire or other hazardous situations. Should your smoke detectors find a fire, your home automation system can dive into action! Tell the furnace fan to automatically switch on and vent hazardous smoke. Then have it turn on all your smart lights to show the way to safety, and unlock all the doors for emergency responders.
In fact, you can calibrate automated protocols to several emergency situations. Power on all the lights if a glass break detector trips. Blare your high decibel sirens when the 2-button medical alert is pressed. Or get video snippets sent to your mobile device when your smart locks trip. Nearly all of your devices can be interconnected to function in tandem in any manner you think will help protect your home and family.