One of the advantages of buying an ADT home security system in Minneapolis is that you can integrate it with home automation. Smart thermostats will make your living space the perfect temperature and energy-efficient. Smart locks empower you to remote control your doors. And you won’t forget that you left the garage door open again with an automated garage door sensor.
However, as convenient as these gadgets are alone, they can have an even more significant impact when employed in tandem with your security system. Here are just 5 incredible home automation ideas for Minneapolis that will make your living space 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 doors, set the thermostat, and prepare your security system. However, how many times have you woken up to discover that you forgot to lock the front door or left the kitchen light burning? And once you fail to do one part of your evening checklist, it's simple to neglect it another evening, too. Then after a while, your missed ritual becomes routine.
But you can ensure that your living space is ready for bedtime every evening when you automate your bedtime program. Through your Minneapolis home security system, you can create a scenario that adjusts all your tech without you going around the house. With a tap of a screen, you can secure the doors, power off the lights, lower the thermostat, and set your alarm. Or don't fret about forgetting to press a button. Program your automation to activate at a specific time -- such as 10pm.
Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Alert When You Travel For Work
Along with a evening routine, you can designate your automation routines to set when your house is empty. With your ADT Control mobile app, you can put your home on guard via an easy button touch. Now you can ensure that every entryway is locked, every light is off, the alarms are armed, and your cameras are activated. You can even close the garage door through the app if it’s accidentally left open.
You don't have to keep your house on alert the whole day. Open the doors for returning visitors or service folk through the smartphone app. Or put your house on guard without even pushing a button. By installing a geofence around your house, your system arms each time you roll down the driveway. Then when you return home, your alarms switch off, and your doors unlock when you pull up to the garage.
Home Automation Idea #3: Create Moods For Watching TV And Everything Else
Exiting the house and going to bed may be just one option on your home automation system. You can also form scenes for all sorts of moods. Change the lights just a touch while closing your motorized blinds for the premiere movie theatre experience. Illuminate a dimly lit aisle from your living room to the pantry for an evening snack.
You can program a "party" scenario that automatically lowers the lights and thermostat to account for the increased body heat. Then when someone new arrives at your door, you can ask them to enter with your doorbell camera. You can even set music and smart lights to come on through your ADT Control app. And if you decide you need another sleek piece of smart technology, you can seamlessly integrate it to your existing ecosystem.
Home Automation Idea #4: Get Updates To Your Phone
Always stay in the know of what's going down in your home with automated updates delivered to your phone. Any time a motion sensor on a surveillance camera picks up abnormal activity, you'll learn about it through a text or mobile pop-up. Fire and safety detectors will send an alert so that you won’t return home to an unexpected situation. Or have your smart locks ping you when your kids return home from the bus. Once you receive a notification, you can decide how to act.
Speak with anyone at your front door with the doorbell cameras to direct them where to stash a delivery. Watch your security cameras to determine if the abnormal movement is worth a call to the police. Or remotely turn on lights and music to frighten any unwanted intruders.
Home Automation Idea #5: Be Safe During A Fire
While your home automation tech helps make you feel protected and secure, they can also aid in a fire or other emergencies. If your smoke detectors find intense heat, your home automation devices can spring into action! Tell the furnace fan to automatically turn on and vent dangerous smoke. Then have the system turn on all your smart lights to light the way out, and open all the doors for emergency crews.
In fact, you can program automated protocols to numerous emergency circumstances. Turn on all the lights when a glass break sensor triggers. Echo 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. Almost all of your tech can be synced to work together in any way you think will help shield your home and loved ones.