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January 05, 2021

5 Essential Home Automation Ideas For The Woodlands

One of the advantages of choosing an ADT home security system in The Woodlands is that you can integrate it with home automation. Smart thermostats can make your home more comfortable and eco-conscious. Smart locks allow you to remote control your doors. And you won’t leave the garage door open again with your automated garage door sensor.

However, as convenient as these tools are by themselves, they can have an even more significant effect when used in tandem with your home security system. Here are just 5 life-changing home automation ideas for The Woodlands that will make your house much more responsive to your lifestyle:

Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home Down For Bed

Your nighttime schedule has become routine: turn off all the lights, lock the door, adjust the thermostat, and prep your security system. However, how often have you woken up to discover that you failed to lock the back door or left the kitchen light burning? And once you fail to do one thing on your nightly checklist, it's easy to neglect it the next time, as well. Then without realizing it, your forgotten regimen becomes a habit on its own.

But you can ensure that your home is set for bedtime every night when you automate your bedtime ritual. Through your The Woodlands home security system, you can craft a template that fine-tunes all your tech without you leaving bed. With a press of a screen, you can lock the doors, turn off the lights, adjust the thermostat, and arm your security system. Or don't agonize about forgetting to press a button. Set your automation to trigger at a set time -- such as 10pm.

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Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Guard When You Leave For Work

Along with a before bed procedure, you can set your automation routines to arm when your house is empty. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can put your home on defense through a single button press. Now you can be sure that every door is secure, every light is no longer on, the alarms are armed, and your cameras are on watch. You can even close the garage door via the app if it’s accidentally left wide open.

You don't need to keep your house locked up the whole day. Unlatch the doors for incoming friends or service professionals via the mobile app. Or put your house on alert without even pushing a button. By setting a geofence around your home, your system arms each time you roll down 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 going to sleep may be just one setting on your home automation system. You can also customize scenes for all sorts of moods. Adjust the lights just a dash while dropping your motorized shades for the penultimate movie theatre experience. Illuminate a dimly lit path from your living room to the fridge for an evening snack.

You can devise a "party" scenario that seamlessly dims the lights and thermostat to adapt for the increased body heat. Then when someone new knocks at your door, you can inform them to enter through your doorbell camera. You can even select music and smart lights to turn on through your ADT Control app. And if you determine you just have to get another cutting-edge piece of smart technology, you can simply add it to your existing network.

ADT Mobile App in The Woodlands

Home Automation Idea #4: Get Notifications To Your Mobile Device

Always be aware of what's going on in your home with automated notifications sent to your mobile device. Any time a motion sensor on a surveillance camera detect unusual motion, you'll know with a text or push notification. Fire and safety detectors will trigger an alert so that you'll never come home to an unexpected emergency. Or have your smart locks notify you when your kids return home from school. Once you receive a notification, you can determine how to act.

Talk with porch visitors via the doorbell cameras to direct them where to stash a package. Watch your security cameras to see if the unusual movement warrants a phone call to the authorities. Or remotely power lights and sound to scare away any suspicious intruders.

Home Automation Idea #5: Keep Safe During A Fire

While your home automation tech will make you feel protected and secure, they can also assist in a fire or other situations. When your smoke detectors discover intense heat, your home can jump into action! Program the furnace fan to automatically power on and vent harmful smoke. Then have it power on all your smart lights to illuminate the way away from the fire, and unlock all the doors for emergency crews.

In fact, you can set automated protocols to any emergency situations. Turn on all the lights when a glass break sensor triggers. Sound your high decibel sirens when the 2-button medical alert is pressed. Or get video clips sent to your mobile device when your smart locks trigger. Nearly all of your devices can be synced to function together in any way you think will help protect your home and loved ones.