One of the perks of buying an ADT home security system in Baltimore is that you can pair it with home automation. Smart thermostats can make your house more comfortable and energy-efficient. Smart locks grant you the power to remote control your entrances. And you’ll never leave the garage door wide open again with your automated garage door sensor.
However, as great as these tools are by themselves, they can have an even greater impact when employed together with your home security system. Here are just 5 life-changing home automation ideas for Baltimore that will make your living space much more attuned to your wishes:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home To Bed
Your before bed habits has become routine: shut off the lights, lock the door, change the thermostat, and prep your security system. However, how many times have you woken up to discover that you neglected to lock the back door or left the kitchen light glaring? And once you fail to do one part of your nightly checklist, it's simple to neglect it the next evening, as well. Then after a while, your neglected checklist becomes a habit in its own right.
But you can make sure that your living space is prepared for bed every evening when you automate your bedtime program. Through your Baltimore home security system, you can create a scenario that sets all your gadgets without you traveling room to room. With a press of a screen, you can secure the doors, turn off the lights, adjust the thermostat, and arm your security devices. Or don't fret about not remembering to press a button. Set your automation to turn on at a specific time -- such as midnight.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Guard When You Go For Work
Along with a evening routine, you can set your automation systems to set when your home is empty. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can set your house on alert with a single button press. Now you can be sure that every door is locked, every light is turned off, the alarms are set, and your cameras are activated. You can even batten down the garage door with the app if it’s accidentally left wide open.
You don't have to keep your house on guard the entire day. Open the doors for incoming visitors or service workers through the mobile app. Or set your house on guard without even looking at your phone. By placing a geofence around your property, your devices powers on each time you pull out of the driveway. Then when you come home, your alarms switch off, and your doors unlock when you come up to the garage.
Home Automation Idea #3: Create Moods For Watching TV And Everything Else
Leaving your house and putting your house to bed may be just one option on your home automation system. You can also form scenes for all kinds of moods. Change the lights just a dash while dropping your motorized blinds for the penultimate movie theatre atmosphere. Create a dimly lit trail from your bed to the kitchen for an evening snack.
You can craft a "party" setting that automatically lowers the lights and temperature to accommodate the increased body heat. Then when a new visitor knocks at your door, you can ask them to come on in with your doorbell camera. You can also customize music and smart lights to turn on via your ADT Control app. And if you decide you want another futuristic piece of smart technology, you can simply sync it to your existing ecosystem.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Notifications To Your Mobile Device
Always keep abreast of what's going on in your home with automated notifications delivered to your phone. Any time a motion sensor on a security camera detect unusual movements, you'll learn about it through a text or mobile pop-up. Fire and carbon monoxide detectors will show an alert so that you won’t come home to an unknown situation. Or have your smart locks notify you when your kids return home from the bus. Once you receive a notification, you can judge how to move forward.
Speak with delivery workers through the doorbell cameras to instruct them where to stash a package. Watch your security cameras to determine if the strange movement warrants a phone call to the police. Or remotely turn on lights and sound to deter any unwanted interloper.
Home Automation Idea #5: Keep Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system can make you feel protected and comfortable, they can also help in a fire or other hazardous situations. Should your smoke detectors find intense heat, your home automation system can spring into action! Set the furnace fan to automatically power on and vent hazardous smoke. Then have the system power on all your smart lights to show the way out, and unlock all the doors for emergency specialists.
In fact, you can program automated protocols to any emergency events. Turn on all the lights when a glass break detector triggers. Blare your high decibel speakers when the 2-button medical alert is used. Or get video segments sent to your mobile device when your smart locks trigger. Nearly all of your tech can be networked to operate in tandem in any way you think will help safeguard your home and family.