One of the perks of choosing an ADT home security system in Des Moines is that you can pair it with home automation. Smart thermostats can make your house more comfortable and eco-conscious. Smart locks allow you to remote control your doors. And you won’t forget that you left the garage door open again with your automated garage door sensor.
However, as great as these devices are by themselves, they can have an even larger effect when used in tandem with your home security system. Here are just 5 amazing home automation ideas for Des Moines that will make your house much more responsive to your lifestyle:
Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For The Night
Your nighttime habits has become routine: turn 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 failed to lock the back door or left the kitchen light glaring? And once you forget to do one section of your evening checklist, it's easy to overlook it another night, too. Then after a while, your missed checklist becomes commonplace.
But you can ensure that your home is set for bedtime every evening when you automate your bedtime routine. Through your Des Moines home security system, you can generate a template that fine-tunes all your tech without you leaving bed. With a tap of a screen, you can secure the doors, turn off the lights, lower the thermostat, and activate your alarm. Or don't agonize about forgetting to press a button. Set your automation to turn on at a predetermined time -- such as 10pm.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On The Defensive When You Travel For Work
Along with a before bed routine, you can program your automation routines to set when your house is not currently occupied. With your ADT Control mobile app, you can put your house on guard through one button press. Now you can be sure that every entryway is secure, every light is off, the alarms are armed, and your cameras are activated. 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 on alert the whole day. Unlatch the doors for returning friends or service folk through the smartphone app. Or set your home on alert without even looking at your phone. By installing a geofence around your property, your system turns on every time you pull out of the driveway. Then when you return home, your alarms turn off, and your doors unlock when you come up to the garage.
Home Automation Idea #3: Set Moods For Watching TV And Everything Else
Exiting your house and putting your house to bed may be just one option on your home automation system. You can also form backdrops for all types of activities. Change the lights just a smidge while closing your motorized blinds for the ultimate movie theatre atmosphere. Light a dimly lit path from your bedroom to the pantry for a midnight snack.
You can craft a "party" scene that seamlessly changes the lights and temperature to account for the increased body heat. Then when anyone comes to your door, you can tell them to come on in with your doorbell camera. You can even select music and decorative lights to come on with your ADT Control app. And if you find you want another cutting-edge piece of smart technology, you can simply add it to your existing system.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Updates To Your Smartphone
Always stay in the know of what's going on in your house with automated updates sent to your smartphone. Any time a motion sensor on a security camera detect unusual motion, you'll know through a text or mobile pop-up. Fire and carbon monoxide alarms will send an alert so that you'll never return home to an undiscovered emergency. Or have your smart locks alert you when your kids come home from school. Once you get a notification, you can judge how to respond.
Talk with delivery workers with the doorbell cameras to instruct them where to hide a package. Check your smart cameras to determine if the strange motion warrants a phone call to the police. Or remotely trigger lights and sound to scare away any unwanted interloper.
Home Automation Idea #5: Be Safe During A Fire
While your home automation system helps make you feel protected and secure, they will assist in a fire or other hazardous situations. If your smoke detectors discover intense heat, your home automation devices can jump into action! Program the furnace fan to automatically turn on and vent harmful smoke. Then have it turn on all your smart bulbs to light the way out, and open all the doors for emergency responders.
In fact, you can set automated responses to any emergency situations. Turn on all the lights if a glass break detector trips. Echo your high decibel sirens when the 2-button medical alert is pushed. Or get video snippets sent to your mobile device when your smart locks trigger. Virtually all of your tech can be interconnected to work in tandem in any manner you think will help protect your home and loved ones.