While the technology for a connected home has evolved, the settings have largely remained the same while expanding to encompass new technologies. Settings like "Home," "Away," "Good Night," and "Vacation" are still the most common commands you'll see, but they control much more than your security system. Now, they can control your thermostat, lights, cameras, and even send you alerts and live video.
The latest solutions mean you no longer have to choose between walking into a dark home or wasting energy by leaving the lights on while you're away. Light controls can be installed and linked to your car remote or phone to trigger lamps as soon as you turn into the driveway. Specific scenes and moods can be set so the lighting is perfect the moment you open the door. If you forget to turn off lights when you go to bed, you can now turn them off from the comfort of your bed.
Protect Your Home from Anywhere In the World
If your home will be empty for extended periods of time, vacation commands sent by your automation system can arm your security system, turn lights on and off, and move shades up and down. Unlike predictable timer-based on and off settings, automation systems can mimic your home's random usage patterns, making your house look truly lived in.
Your Daily Routine, Automated
Tie your home's sensors to an automation system, and they'll watch over the conditions of your home. Now, your home can do more than just send you a text, it can actively work to correct a problem. Water sensors can trigger your home to cut power and water to a laundry room if water is detected. Your lights can be set to come on when you arrive home, or to turn on and off based on the time of day, or where you are. When it's time for bed, the same "Good Night" command that dims the lights and locks the door can lower your bedroom shades for privacy.
Your new security system can detect when someone has entered your property or home and sound an alarm. With automation, lights can flash and verbal warnings can be added. If this seems too extreme, you can simply have images and video sent to your phone by your camera system.
Sometimes simply knowing the status of the systems in your home can provide peace of mind. The user interface of your system, whether it's a touch panel, tablet, or a smartphone, can show you which windows and doors might be open, which room your kids are in, and other helpful information. You can even receive text alerts based on a variety of triggers in your home, like who just armed or disarmed your system, alarm notifications, and environmental devices that are activated, like water sensors, carbon monoxide detectors, and more.
Don't Forget a Thing
What happened while you were away from home? Your new automation system can show you by displaying a log of activity in and around your home during your absence. You'll be able to track who entered the home and when, where they went, and when they left. This is a great feature for parents or for those with landscapers, pool maintenance, and cleaning people who visit the home. If you're leaving for work or vacation, your system can tell you if a window is still open or a TV is still on. You can lock up the home and turn everything off from a touch panel, tablet, or your smartphone.