One of the advantages of choosing an ADT home security system in Fort Collins is that you can sync it with home automation. Smart thermostats will make your home the perfect temperature and energy-efficient. Smart locks empower you to remote control your entrances. And you’ll never leave the garage door wide open again with an automated garage door sensor.
However, as great as these devices are alone, they can have an even larger impact when employed together with your security system. Here are just 5 incredible home automation ideas for Fort Collins that will make your home much more responsive to your wishes:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For Bed
Your before bed schedule has become routine: shut off the lights, lock the doors, adjust the thermostat, and arm your security system. However, how often have you woken up to discover that you neglected to lock the back door or left the bathroom light glaring? And once you neglect to do one part of your bedtime checklist, it's easy to forget it the next night, too. Then after a while, your forgotten checklist becomes commonplace on its own.
But you can make sure that your living space is prepared for bedtime every night when you automate your nighttime routine. Through your Fort Collins home security system, you can generate a scenario that sets all your devices without you going around the house. With a tap of a screen, you can lock the doors, power off the lights, change the thermostat, and set your security system. Or don't fret about forgetting to touch a button. Designate your automation to trigger at a predetermined time -- such as midnight.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Alert When You Leave For Work
Along with a evening schedule, you can designate your automation parameters to activate when your home is vacant. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can put your home on alert through a single button tap. Now you can be sure that every door is locked, every light is off, the alarms are set, and your cameras are activated. You can even batten down the garage door via the app if you accidentally left it up.
You don't have to keep your house locked up the entire day. Unlatch the doors for incoming family or service workers with the mobile app. Or set your home on guard without even lifting a finger. By placing a geofence around your property, your devices powers on every time you roll down the driveway. Then when you come home, your alarms disarm, and your doors unlock when you drive up to the house.
Home Automation Idea #3: Set Moods For Watching TV And The Rest Of Your Life
Departing the house and putting your house to bed may be just one option on your home automation system. You can also create scenes for all kinds of moods. Tweak the lights just a dash while dropping your motorized blinds for the premiere movie watching experience. Create a dimly lit aisle from your living room to the pantry for a midnight snack.
You can craft a "party" setting that seamlessly dims the lights and thermostat to adapt for the additional body heat. Then when a new visitor arrives at your door, you can tell them to let themselves in via your doorbell camera. You can also set music and smart lights to turn on with your ADT Control app. And if you find you need another futuristic piece of smart technology, you can simply integrate it to your current ecosystem.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Alerts To Your Phone
Always stay in the know of what's going on in your house with automated updates delivered to your phone. Whenever a motion sensor on a security camera detect unusual movements, you'll hear about it through a text or push notification. Fire and safety alarms will trigger an alert so that you'll never return home to an unknown situation. Or have your smart locks ping you when your kids arrive home from the bus. Once you read a notification, you can determine how to act.
Speak with anyone at your front door through the doorbell cameras to tell them where to leave a parcel. Check your outdoor cameras to determine if the abnormal movement warrants a phone call to the authorities. Or remotely trigger lights and sound to scare away any suspicious intruders.
Home Automation Idea #5: Keep Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system will make you feel safe and secure, they will aid in a fire or other hazardous situations. If your smoke detectors discover excess smoke, your home can jump into action! Tell the furnace fan to automatically switch on and vent dangerous smoke. Then have the system turn on all your smart lights to light the way out, and unlock all the doors for emergency responders.
In fact, you can calibrate automated responses to numerous emergency situations. Switch on all the lights if a glass break sensor chimes. Blare your high decibel alarms when the 2-button medical alert is used. Or get video clips sent to your mobile device when your smart locks trigger. Virtually all of your tech can be networked to function together in any manner you think will help safeguard your home and family.