One of the advantages of installing an ADT home security system in Chicago is that you can sync it with home automation. Smart thermostats will make your house more comfortable and eco-friendly. Smart locks empower you to remote control your entrances. And you won’t forget that you left the garage door open again with your automated garage door sensor.
However, as powerful as these tools are alone, they can have an even more significant effect when used in tandem with your home security system. Here are just 5 life-changing home automation ideas for Chicago that will make your living space much more responsive to your needs:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For Bed
Your before bed habits has become routine: turn off the lights, lock the door, adjust the thermostat, and prepare your security system. However, how many times have you woken up to find that you forgot to lock the front door or left the kitchen light on? And once you neglect to do one part of your nightly checklist, it's easy to overlook it another night, too. Then after a while, your neglected ritual becomes routine on its own.
But you can make sure that your home is ready for bedtime every evening when you automate your bedtime program. Through your Chicago home security system, you can craft a scene that sets all your devices without you going around the house. With a press of a button, you can lock the doors, shut off the lights, change the thermostat, and activate your security devices. Or don't agonize about not remembering to hit a button. Program your automation to trigger at a predetermined time -- such as midnight.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Alert When You Travel For Work
Along with a evening procedure, you can designate your automation routines to arm when your home is empty. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can set your house on guard with one button tap. Now you can be sure that every entryway is secure, every light is turned off, the alarms are armed, and your cameras are activated. You can even close the garage door through the app if it’s accidentally left up.
You don't have to keep your home locked up the entire day. Unlock the doors for returning family or service folk via the smartphone app. Or place your house on alert without even looking at your phone. By setting a geofence around your house, your devices arms every time you leave the driveway. Then when you return home, your alarms turn off, and your doors unlock when you drive up to the house.
Home Automation Idea #3: Create Moods For Watching TV And The Rest Of Your Life
Exiting the house and putting your house to bed may be just one setting on your home automation system. You can also form backdrops for all types of events. Tweak the lights just a smidge while lowering your motorized shutters for the ultimate movie viewing atmosphere. Illuminate a dimly lit trail from your bedroom to the kitchen for a nighttime snack.
You can devise a "party" setting that effortlessly changes the lights and temperature to account for the increased body heat. Then when anyone arrives at your door, you can inform them to come on in with your doorbell camera. You can also select music and smart lights to turn on via your ADT Control app. And if you determine you just have to get another futuristic piece of smart technology, you can seamlessly add it to your current network.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Alerts To Your Phone
Always stay in the know of what's going down in your home with automated notifications delivered to your smartphone. Whenever a motion sensor on a surveillance camera sense abnormal motion, you'll know through a text or push notification. Fire and CO detectors will show an alert so that you'll never come home to an unknown emergency. Or have your smart locks notify you when your kids return home from the bus. Once you receive 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 stash a package. Check your outdoor cameras to determine if the unusual motion facilitates a call to the authorities. Or remotely turn on lights and music to scare away any unwanted interloper.
Home Automation Idea #5: Stay Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system helps make you feel protected and secure, they will aid in a fire or other emergencies. When your smoke detectors sense intense heat, your home can dive into action! Program the furnace fan to automatically power on and vent harmful smoke. Then have the system switch on all your smart bulbs to show the way away from the fire, and open all the doors for emergency responders.
In fact, you can set automated responses to any emergency circumstances. Power on all the lights when a glass break sensor triggers. Echo your high decibel speakers when the 2-button medical alert is pressed. Or get video snippets sent to your phone when your smart locks activate. Virtually all of your systems can be networked to function together in any manner you think will help safeguard your home and family.