One of the advantages of buying an ADT home security system in Lexington is that you can sync it with home automation. Smart thermostats will make your home the ideal temperature and energy-efficient. Smart locks empower you to remote control your doors. And you won’t accidentally leave the garage door wide open again once you get your automated garage door sensor.
However, as great as these tools are by themselves, they can have an even more significant effect when employed together with your security system. Here are just 5 life-changing home automation ideas for Lexington that will make your home much more attuned to your wishes:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For Bed
Your before bed ritual has become routine: shut off the lights, lock the front door, set the thermostat, and prepare your security system. However, how many times have you woken up to see that you forgot to lock the side door or left the kitchen light glaring? And once you neglect to do one section of your nightly checklist, it's easy to neglect it another time, as well. Then before you know it, your missed ritual becomes commonplace in its own right.
But you can guarantee that your house is set for bedtime every evening when you automate your bedtime routine. Through your Lexington home security system, you can generate a scenario that sets all your tech without you going around the house. With a tap of a button, you can secure the doors, turn off the lights, lower the thermostat, and arm your security devices. Or don't agonize about forgetting to hit a button. Designate your automation to turn on at a specific time -- such as 10pm.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On The Defensive When You Go For Work
Along with a bedtime schedule, you can program your automation systems to activate when your house is empty. With your ADT Control mobile app, you can set your living space on defense with a single button tap. Now you can guarantee that every door is secure, every light is off, the alarms are armed, and your cameras are on watch. You can even batten down the garage door via the app if it’s accidentally left open.
You don't have to keep your home on alert the whole day. Unlock the doors for out-of-town visitors or service workers with the smartphone app. Or place your house on guard without even pushing a button. By setting a geofence around your house, your system arms each 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 garage.
Home Automation Idea #3: Match Moods For Watching TV And Other Activities
Leaving the house and going to bed may be just one setting on your home automation system. You can also form scenes for all kinds of moods. Tweak the lights just a smidge while lowering your motorized shades for the penultimate movie watching experience. Light a dimly lit aisle from your living room to the pantry for a midnight snack.
You can devise a "party" setting that seamlessly changes the lights and temperature to accommodate the additional body heat. Then when a new visitor arrives at your door, you can inform them to let themselves in with your doorbell camera. You can even customize music and decorative lights to come on with your ADT Control app. And if you find you want another sleek piece of smart technology, you can easily add it to your existing ecosystem.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Alerts To Your Phone
Always be aware of what's going on in your home with automated notifications sent to your smartphone. Whenever a motion sensor on a surveillance camera detect unwanted motion, you'll hear about it via a text or mobile pop-up. Fire and safety detectors will trigger an alert so that you'll never return home to an unknown emergency. Or have your smart locks notify you when your kids return home from school. Once you read a notification, you can determine how to act.
Communicate with delivery workers via the doorbell cameras to direct them where to stash a delivery. Check your outdoor cameras to see if the unusual motion is worth a call to the authorities. Or remotely trigger lights and sound to scare away any unwanted intruders.
Home Automation Idea #5: Be Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system helps make you feel protected and secure, they can also help in a fire or other situations. Should your smoke detectors sense intense heat, your home can spring into action! Tell the furnace fan to automatically turn on and vent harmful smoke. Then have your home turn on all your smart lights to show the way to safety, and unlock all the doors for emergency specialists.
In fact, you can set automated responses to several emergency circumstances. Turn on all the lights if a glass break sensor triggers. Echo your high decibel speakers when the 2-button medical alert is pressed. Or get video clips sent to your mobile device when your smart locks activate. Virtually all of your devices can be synced to work in tandem in any way you think will help protect your home and family.