One of the advantages of installing an ADT home security system in Cedar Rapids is that you can pair it with home automation. Smart thermostats can make your home the perfect temperature 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 greater effect when used together with your home security system. Here are just 5 incredible home automation ideas for Cedar Rapids that will make your home much more attuned to your lifestyle:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For Bed
Your nighttime schedule has become routine: turn off all the lights, lock the door, adjust the thermostat, and arm your security system. However, how many times have you woken up to see that you neglected to lock the back door or left the bathroom light on? And once you fail to do one section of your evening checklist, it's easy to overlook it another time, as well. Then before you know it, your forgotten ritual becomes commonplace on its own.
But you can ensure that your house is set for bedtime every evening when you automate your bedtime ritual. Through your Cedar Rapids home security system, you can generate a template that fine-tunes all your gadgets without you going around the house. With a tap of a button, you can secure the doors, power off the lights, change the thermostat, and arm your security system. Or don't agonize about forgetting to hit a button. Set your automation to turn on at a specific time -- such as 11pm.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On The Defensive When You Travel For Work
Along with a bedtime routine, you can program your automation parameters to arm when your house is empty. With your ADT Control mobile app, you can set your house on guard via one button press. Now you can be sure that every door is secure, every light is off, the alarms are set, and your cameras are on duty. You can even close the garage door through the app if it’s accidentally left open.
You don't have to keep your living space on alert the whole day. Unlatch the doors for out-of-town family or service workers with the mobile app. Or set your house on guard without even pushing a button. By installing a geofence around your home, your devices arms each time you roll down the driveway. Then when you return home, your alarms switch off, and your doors unlock when you come up to the house.
Home Automation Idea #3: Match Moods For Watching TV And The Rest Of Your Life
Leaving your house and going to sleep may be just one option on your home automation system. You can also customize atmospheres for all types of events. Change the lights just a dash while dropping your motorized blinds for the ultimate movie watching atmosphere. Light a dimly lit aisle from your bedroom to the fridge for a midnight snack.
You can devise a "party" scene that effortlessly dims the lights and thermostat to accommodate the extra body heat. Then when a new visitor arrives at your door, you can tell them to come on in with your doorbell camera. You can even customize music and smart lights to turn on with your ADT Control app. And if you decide you want another sleek piece of smart technology, you can easily add it to your existing ecosystem.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Notifications To Your Smartphone
Always keep abreast of what's happening in your home through automated alerts delivered to your mobile device. Any time a motion sensor on a surveillance camera picks up unwanted movements, you'll learn about it with a text or mobile pop-up. Fire and CO sensors will show an alert so that you'll never come home to an undiscovered situation. Or have your smart locks alert you when your kids arrive home from the bus. Once you read a notification, you can decide how to act.
Talk with delivery workers through the doorbell cameras to instruct them where to stash a delivery. See through your outdoor cameras to determine if the abnormal activity warrants a call to the police. Or remotely turn on lights and sound to deter any suspicious 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. When your smoke detectors discover intense heat, your home can dive into action! Program the furnace fan to automatically power on and vent hazardous smoke. Then have your home switch on all your smart bulbs to light the way out, and open all the doors for emergency crews.
In fact, you can program automated responses to numerous emergency situations. Switch on all the lights when a glass break detector triggers. Sound your high decibel speakers when the 2-button medical alert is pushed. Or get video clips sent to your mobile device when your smart locks activate. Virtually all of your tech can be interconnected to function in tandem in any manner you think will help protect your home and family.