One of the perks of choosing an ADT home security system in Rockford is that you can pair it with home automation. Smart thermostats will make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient. Smart locks allow you to remote control your doors. And you won’t forget that you left the garage door wide open again once you get your automated garage door sensor.
However, as great as these gadgets are on their own, they can have an even greater effect when employed in tandem with your security system. Here are just 5 amazing home automation ideas for Rockford that will make your home much more attuned to your lifestyle:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For Bed
Your bedtime schedule has become routine: shut off all the lights, lock the front door, set the thermostat, and prep your security system. However, how many times have you woken up to discover that you forgot to lock the back door or left the bathroom light on? And after you forget to do one thing on your nightly checklist, it's easy to neglect it the next evening, too. Then after a while, your forgotten checklist becomes routine in its own right.
But you can make sure that your living space is ready for bedtime every evening when you automate your nighttime routine. Through your Rockford home security system, you can create a template that sets all your devices without you leaving bed. With a touch of a button, you can lock the doors, power off the lights, change the thermostat, and arm your security system. Or don't fret about failing to remember to touch a button. Program your automation to activate at a predetermined time -- like 11pm.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Guard When You Go For Work
Along with a before bed schedule, you can set your automation routines to set when your home is not currently occupied. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can place your house on defense with one button touch. Now you can ensure that every door is locked, every light is off, the alarms are set, and your cameras are on watch. You can even close the garage door through the app if it’s accidentally left open.
You don't need to keep your home 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 lockdown without even pushing a button. By setting a geofence around your house, your system arms every time you pull out of the driveway. Then when you come home, your alarms turn off, and your doors unlock when you come up to the house.
Home Automation Idea #3: Create Moods For Watching TV And Everything Else
Exiting the house and putting your house to bed may be just one option on your home automation system. You can also customize scenes for all sorts of activities. Adjust the lights just a smidge while lowering your motorized blinds for the ultimate movie watching experience. Create a dimly lit aisle from your bedroom to the fridge for a midnight snack.
You can craft a "party" scenario that effortlessly lowers the lights and thermostat to accommodate the additional body heat. Then when anyone arrives at your door, you can tell them to enter with your doorbell camera. You can also select music and decorative lights to power on via your ADT Control app. And if you determine you just have to get another futuristic piece of smart technology, you can seamlessly sync it to your existing ecosystem.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Updates To Your Smartphone
Always be aware of what's going down in your house with automated alerts sent to your mobile device. Whenever a motion sensor on a surveillance camera sense unwanted activity, you'll know with a text or mobile pop-up. Fire and carbon monoxide alarms will show an alert so that you'll never come home to an undiscovered emergency. Or have your smart locks notify you when your kids return home from the bus. Once you read a notification, you can determine how to act.
Talk with delivery workers via the doorbell cameras to instruct them where to hide a parcel. Check your security cameras to judge if the abnormal motion is worth a call to the authorities. Or remotely trigger lights and sound to frighten any unwanted interloper.
Home Automation Idea #5: Stay Safe During A Fire
While your home automation tech can make you feel safe and comfortable, they will help in a fire or other emergencies. If your smoke detectors sense intense heat, your home automation devices can dive into action! Tell the furnace fan to automatically turn on and vent harmful smoke. Then have the system switch on all your smart lights to light the way to safety, and unlock all the doors for emergency specialists.
In fact, you can calibrate automated responses to numerous emergency situations. Switch on all the lights if a glass break detector trips. Blare your high decibel alarms when the 2-button medical alert is used. Or get video clips sent to your phone when your smart locks trigger. Almost all of your devices can be synced to function in tandem in any way you think will help shield your home and family.