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January 05, 2021

5 Essential Home Automation Ideas For Richmond

One of the perks of installing an ADT home security system in Richmond is that you can sync it with home automation. Smart thermostats can make your living space more comfortable and eco-friendly. Smart locks empower you to remote control your doors. And you won’t forget that you left the garage door wide open again once you get your automated garage door sensor.

However, as great as these tools are on their own, they can have an even larger impact when utilized in tandem with your security system. Here are just 5 incredible home automation ideas for Richmond that will make your house much more responsive to your wishes:

Home Automation Idea #1: Put Your Home To Bed

Your nighttime schedule has become routine: shut off all the lights, lock the doors, adjust the thermostat, and prepare your security system. However, how many times have you woken up to find that you failed to lock the front door or left the kitchen light on? And once you neglect to do one part of your nightly checklist, it's easy to forget it another time, as well. Then before you know it, your neglected regimen becomes commonplace in its own right.

But you can ensure that your living space is prepared for bedtime every evening when you automate your bedtime ritual. Through your Richmond home security system, you can craft a scene that adjusts all your tech without you going around the house. With a press of a button, you can secure the doors, shut off the lights, change the thermostat, and activate your security system. Or don't worry about forgetting to touch a button. Program your automation to activate at a predetermined time -- like 10pm.

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Home Automation Idea #2: Go On Alert When You Travel For Work

Along with a before bed routine, you can program your automation systems to arm when your home is not currently occupied. With your ADT Control smartphone app, you can set your home on guard through one button press. Now you can ensure that every door is secure, every light is off, the alarms are armed, and your cameras are on watch. You can even batten down the garage door via the app if you accidentally left it wide open.

You don't have to keep your house on guard the entire day. Unlatch the doors for incoming friends or service workers via the mobile app. Or place your house on lockdown without even lifting a finger. By setting a geofence around your home, 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 drive up to the house.

Home Automation Idea #3: Match Moods For Watching TV And Other Activities

Leaving 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. Tweak the lights just a smidge while lowering your motorized shades for the ultimate movie viewing experience. Illuminate a dimly lit aisle from your bed to the kitchen for a midnight snack.

You can program a "party" setting that automatically dims the lights and temperature to accommodate the extra body heat. Then when anyone comes to your door, you can inform them to let themselves in with your doorbell camera. You can also set music and smart lights to power on with your ADT Control app. And if you decide you want another cutting-edge piece of smart technology, you can easily add it to your existing network.

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Home Automation Idea #4: Get Updates To Your Smartphone

Always be aware of what's going on in your house with automated notifications sent to your smartphone. Any time a motion sensor on a surveillance camera sense unwanted activity, you'll know via a text or mobile pop-up. Fire and CO sensors will send an alert so that you won’t come home to an unknown emergency. Or have your smart locks notify you when your kids arrive home from the bus. Once you get a notification, you can determine how to move forward.

Communicate with porch visitors with the doorbell cameras to direct them where to leave a delivery. Check your smart cameras to judge if the strange motion facilitates a phone call to the authorities. Or remotely turn on lights and sound to deter any suspicious trespasser.

Home Automation Idea #5: Keep Safe During A Fire

While your home automation system will make you feel safe and secure, they can also aid in a fire or other hazardous situations. If your smoke detectors discover a fire, your home can dive into action! Program the furnace fan to automatically turn on and vent hazardous smoke. Then have the system power on all your smart bulbs to light the way away from the fire, and open all the doors for emergency specialists.

In fact, you can program automated reactions to numerous emergency situations. Switch on all the lights if a glass break detector triggers. Sound your high decibel sirens when the 2-button medical alert is pushed. Or get video clips sent to your mobile device when your smart locks trip. Almost all of your devices can be interconnected to operate in tandem in any manner you think will help safeguard your home and family.