One of the benefits of choosing an ADT home security system in St. Paul is that you can pair it with home automation. Smart thermostats will make your house the perfect temperature and eco-friendly. Smart locks allow you to remote control your doors. And you won’t forget that you left the garage door wide open again once you get your automated garage door sensor.
However, as powerful as these gadgets are by themselves, they can have an even greater impact when used in tandem with your security system. Here are just 5 incredible home automation ideas for St. Paul that will make your house much more responsive to your needs:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For Bed
Your bedtime schedule has become routine: shut off all the lights, lock the front door, set the thermostat, and arm your security system. However, how many times have you woken up to discover that you neglected to lock the front door or left the living room light glaring? And once you forget to do one thing on your nightly checklist, it's simple to neglect it the next night, too. Then before you know it, your forgotten checklist becomes commonplace in its own right.
But you can guarantee that your house is ready for bedtime every night when you automate your bedtime routine. Through your St. Paul home security system, you can generate a template that fine-tunes all your gadgets without you going around the house. With a press of a button, you can lock the doors, turn off the lights, lower the thermostat, and arm your security system. Or don't agonize about not remembering to hit a button. Program your automation to turn on at a predetermined time -- like 11pm.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Alert When You Leave For Work
Along with a evening routine, you can designate your automation routines to set when your house is empty. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can place your home on guard with one button press. Now you can guarantee that every door is secured, every light is turned off, the alarms are armed, and your cameras are on duty. You can even batten down the garage door via the app if you accidentally left it wide open.
You don't need to keep your living space locked up the entire day. Unlatch the doors for returning visitors or service workers through the smartphone app. Or set your house on lockdown without even pushing a button. By setting a geofence around your house, your system turns on every time you pull out of the driveway. Then when you come home, your alarms turn off, and your doors unlock when you pull up to the house.
Home Automation Idea #3: Match Moods For Watching TV And Other Activities
Exiting the house and putting your house to bed may be just one setting on your home automation system. You can also customize scenes for all kinds of activities. Change the lights just a touch while lowering your motorized shutters for the penultimate movie theatre atmosphere. Illuminate a dimly lit trail from your bed to the kitchen for a nighttime snack.
You can program a "party" scene that automatically lowers the lights and thermostat to adapt for the extra body heat. Then when someone new arrives at your door, you can ask them to come on in with your doorbell camera. You can even set music and decorative lights to turn on with your ADT Control app. And if you decide you just have to get another cutting-edge piece of smart technology, you can seamlessly add it to your current system.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Updates To Your Mobile Device
Always be aware of what's going on in your home through automated updates delivered to your mobile device. Any time a motion sensor on a security camera picks up abnormal movements, you'll know via a text or mobile pop-up. Fire and safety sensors will trigger an alert so that you won’t return home to an undiscovered situation. Or have your smart locks alert you when your kids come home from school. Once you get a notification, you can decide how to respond.
Talk with anyone at your front door with the doorbell cameras to instruct them where to hide a package. See through your outdoor cameras to determine if the strange motion facilitates a call to the police. Or remotely trigger lights and sound to frighten any unwanted interloper.
Home Automation Idea #5: Keep Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system will make you feel protected and secure, they can also assist in a fire or other emergencies. Should your smoke detectors discover excess smoke, your home automation devices can spring into action! Tell the furnace fan to automatically switch on and vent dangerous smoke. Then have your home power on all your smart bulbs to show the way away from the fire, and open all the doors for emergency crews.
In fact, you can calibrate automated protocols to numerous emergency events. Switch on all the lights if a glass break detector triggers. Sound your high decibel alarms when the 2-button medical alert is used. Or get video snippets sent to your phone when your smart locks trigger. Almost all of your devices can be interconnected to work in tandem in any manner you think will help shield your home and loved ones.