One of the perks of installing an ADT home security system in Salinas is that you can pair it with home automation. Smart thermostats can make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient. Smart locks grant you the power to remote control your doors. And you won’t forget that you left the garage door up again with your automated garage door sensor.
However, as great as these gadgets are by themselves, they can have an even larger effect when utilized together with your security system. Here are just 5 life-changing home automation ideas for Salinas that will make your home much more attuned to your lifestyle:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For The Night
Your nighttime habits has become routine: shut off all the lights, lock the door, set the thermostat, and prep your security system. However, how many times have you woken up to find that you neglected to lock the side door or left the living room light glaring? And after you neglect to do one thing on your nightly checklist, it's easy to forget it another time, too. Then after a while, your neglected ritual becomes a habit in its own right.
But you can ensure that your house is set for bedtime every evening when you automate your bedtime program. Through your Salinas home security system, you can create a scenario that adjusts all your gadgets without you leaving bed. With a press of a button, you can lock the doors, power off the lights, adjust the thermostat, and activate your alarm. Or don't worry about failing to remember to press a button. Designate your automation to trigger at a predetermined time -- like 11pm.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Guard When You Leave For Work
Along with a evening routine, you can designate your automation routines to activate when your home is empty. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can place your house on guard through a single button press. Now you can guarantee that every entryway is secure, every light is no longer on, the alarms are armed, and your cameras are activated. You can even close the garage door with the app if you accidentally left it up.
You don't have to keep your house on guard the entire day. Open the doors for returning visitors or service workers through the smartphone app. Or set your home on alert without even looking at your phone. By placing a geofence around your house, your system powers on every time you roll down 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 Other Activities
Leaving the house and going to sleep may be just one setting on your home automation system. You can also customize atmospheres for all sorts of activities. Change the lights just a smidge while dropping your motorized shades for the ultimate movie viewing experience. Light a dimly lit aisle from your bedroom to the kitchen for an evening snack.
You can craft a "party" scenario that seamlessly dims the lights and thermostat to account for the additional body heat. Then when anyone arrives at your door, you can inform them to let themselves in through your doorbell camera. You can even select music and decorative lights to come on via your ADT Control app. And if you decide you need another sleek piece of smart technology, you can simply add it to your existing network.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Updates To Your Mobile Device
Always stay in the know of what's happening in your house through automated updates delivered to your smartphone. Whenever a motion sensor on a security camera sense unwanted movements, you'll learn about it via a text or mobile pop-up. Fire and safety alarms will trigger an alert so that you'll never come home to an unexpected situation. Or have your smart locks ping you when your kids return home from school. Once you receive a notification, you can judge how to move forward.
Communicate with delivery workers through the doorbell cameras to tell them where to hide a delivery. Watch your smart cameras to judge if the unusual motion is worth a call to the police. Or remotely power 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 safe and comfortable, they can also aid in a fire or other hazardous situations. If your smoke detectors find excess smoke, your home automation system can jump into action! Tell the furnace fan to automatically turn on and vent dangerous smoke. Then have your home turn on all your smart bulbs to show the way to safety, and open all the doors for emergency crews.
In fact, you can program automated responses to numerous emergency situations. Power on all the lights if a glass break detector triggers. Sound your high decibel alarms when the 2-button medical alert is pressed. Or get video clips sent to your phone when your smart locks activate. Nearly all of your systems can be synced to operate together in any manner you think will help safeguard your home and family.