Home automation can be a ton of fun. No, really, we mean it. Automating your home in a hundred ways to make your day-to-day easier? Sounds equivalent to a day at the beach to me!
However, the key to automation is knowing what the possibilities even are. Many people are limiting their home automation due to a lack of ideas or knowledge. But now that you have made the investment, you deserve to get the most out of it.
1. Seasonal doorbell
Ghostly sounds at Halloween, jingle bells during Christmas, etc. This is a super simple and fun way to get into the holiday spirit... and no decoration cleanup is required (you're welcome).
2. Garage door timer
If the timer is between 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM the timer will close the garage door five minutes after it gets opened so the kids don’t forget to close the door. Say goodbye to the days of the dog getting out through the garage.
3. motion sensors on lighting
So, when you enter the hallways or bedrooms the lights will correspond with the entrance and the exit. Great way to slow down the spread of germs during flu season!
4. Step lighting
The turn-light-on-walk-up-stairs-turn-light-off song and dance is over. Your smart home can turn on lighting for dark stairways.
5. timer for hot tub time
Do you typically go in the hot tub between 9 PM and 11:30 PM? Make it so mood music will play and lighting will dim around the hot tub area. Relaxation... maximized.
6. Setting up reminder messages
These messages can be for homework, chores, and other tasks. This is a good way to remind kids of what must be done before TV gets watched.
7. Integrate Google Calendar
Use Google Calendar as the source of family schedules, then have your system turn on the family chalkboard TV every morning to let everybody know the schedules for the day.
8. Lights, camera, action
Sit down for the family movie on Friday night and have your favorite movie lights dim. Have the Starfield ceiling turn on with the night stars and let the action begin.
9. Motion sensor bed light
Getting out of bed in the middle of the night to check on a child or take a restroom break? Put lighting underneath your bed with a motion sensor so it will automatically turn the lighting on, reducing the risk of tripping. Then, once you return to bed a pressure sensor can turn off the lights and send you back to sleep.
10. Garage camera
From the hours of 2:45 PM to 5:30 PM, when the garage door opens up, a camera will take a snapshot of the entrance of anyone going into the garage. This is a great way to give you peace of mind that the children are home from school, especially if you don't get home until later due to a long commute.
11. Car sensors
Depending on the vehicle that enters into the garage, smart speakers can be set up for the given person as they enter the house. If one spouse likes news and the other likes music, this is an easy way to get what you want as soon as you walk in the door.
12. Automating your televisions
This ensures that they cannot be turned on at certain times of the day. Another possibility is making it so that they turn off when it is meal time or bedtime.
13. Volume control
Automate the volume on your surround sound systems so when it’s bedtime the sound will never get to a Terminator level.
14. Wi-Fi automation
Control your wi-fi system so it will turn off the connection to your kids devices at certain times of the day. This is an easy way to stop worrying about if they are watching YouTube or going to bed.
15. Wake up light
Automate your lighting so that it gradually gets brighter right before your alarm goes off. This will help you wake up and make it easier to get out of bed.