One of the advantages of buying an ADT home security system in Virginia Beach is that you can sync it with home automation. Smart thermostats can make your living space the ideal temperature and energy-efficient. Smart locks allow you to remote control your doors. And you’ll never leave the garage door up again with an automated garage door sensor.
However, as powerful as these gadgets are by themselves, they can have an even more significant impact when used in tandem with your security system. Here are just 5 life-changing home automation ideas for Virginia Beach that will make your home much more attuned to your wishes:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For Bed
Your nighttime schedule has become routine: shut off all the lights, lock the door, set the thermostat, and prep your security system. However, how often have you woken up to find that you forgot to lock the front door or left the living room light burning? And once you fail to do one part of your evening checklist, it's simple to forget it another evening, as well. Then without realizing it, your neglected ritual becomes a habit on its own.
But you can make sure that your home is ready for bed every evening when you automate your bedtime ritual. Through your Virginia Beach home security system, you can generate a template that adjusts all your tech without you traveling room to room. With a touch of a button, you can lock the doors, turn off the lights, adjust the thermostat, and arm your security devices. Or don't fret about failing to remember to touch a button. Set your automation to turn on at a predetermined time -- like 11pm.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Guard When You Leave For Work
Along with a before bed routine, you can set your automation parameters to set when your home is empty. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can set your home on alert with a single button press. Now you can be sure that every door is secure, every light is off, the alarms are set, and your cameras are activated. You can even close the garage door via the app if you accidentally left it up.
You don't have to keep your home on alert the entire day. Unlatch the doors for incoming family or service professionals with the mobile app. Or put your house on lockdown without even looking at your phone. By placing a geofence around your property, your devices turns on each time you pull out of the driveway. Then when you come home, your alarms disarm, and your doors unlock when you drive up to the garage.
Home Automation Idea #3: Create Moods For Watching TV And Other Activities
Departing the house and going to bed may be just one option on your home automation system. You can also form backdrops for all kinds of activities. Tweak the lights just a smidge while closing your motorized shades for the penultimate movie viewing experience. Light a dimly lit trail from your living room to the pantry for a nighttime snack.
You can devise a "party" scenario that automatically changes the lights and thermostat to accommodate the additional body heat. Then when anyone comes to your door, you can ask them to come on in with your doorbell camera. You can also customize music and decorative lights to come on through your ADT Control app. And if you determine you want another cutting-edge piece of smart technology, you can seamlessly sync it to your existing ecosystem.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Alerts To Your Phone
Always stay in the know of what's happening in your house through automated updates delivered to your mobile device. Whenever a motion sensor on a surveillance camera picks up abnormal motion, you'll learn about it through a text or mobile pop-up. Fire and safety alarms will show an alert so that you'll never return home to an undiscovered situation. Or have your smart locks ping you when your kids come home from the bus. Once you get a notification, you can determine how to act.
Speak with porch visitors with the doorbell cameras to direct them where to leave a package. See through your outdoor cameras to see if the unusual motion warrants a phone call to the authorities. Or remotely power lights and music to scare away any unwanted intruders.
Home Automation Idea #5: Keep Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system can make you feel protected and comfortable, they will aid in a fire or other situations. Should your smoke detectors discover excess smoke, your home automation devices can jump into action! Set the furnace fan to automatically turn on and vent dangerous smoke. Then have it power on all your smart lights to light the way out, and unlock all the doors for emergency responders.
In fact, you can set automated protocols to numerous emergency situations. Power on all the lights when a glass break sensor chimes. Sound your high decibel speakers when the 2-button medical alert is used. Or get video snippets sent to your mobile device when your smart locks trigger. Nearly all of your systems can be synced to function together in any manner you think will help shield your home and family.