With the holidays right around the corner, there is a lot to prepare for. Thinking all about your favorite traditions - when to get your tree, when to decorate it and adding outdoor lights or lawn fixtures. What about the holiday food traditions like eggnog, buche de noel, ham or turkey... wait TURKEY? Too soon?
At American Defense Systems, we are thinking about advanced smart home technology from Alarm.com and how it can make your season safer and smarter. With these home automation tips, you'll get more from your smart security system and more time to relax and enjoy your holidays too.
CHRISTMAS TREE CONTROL
Crawling around behind or under the Christmas tree to switch the light on is one holiday tradition we can do without. Thanks to Alarm.com, you can turn the tree lights on with just a tap on your smartphone. You can even automate your tree to light up at sunset, or when you arrive home and disarm your security system, then turn itself off automatically at midnight so you never forget. Just add a smart plug to your Alarm.com system and connect your tree lights, and you're ready to go.
PROTECTING THE PORCH
Use your video doorbell to monitor deliveries, visiting guests and even the occasional caroler. Keep an eye on the action with instant video alerts delivered to your smartphone from an Alarm.com. To avoid alert overload, customize your alerts with triggers that record only when there's certain activity - like the front door opening or even motion. In the event of an alarm, by the way, you'll always get pre- and post-alarm footage automatically. You can place a camera that looks out through a window, or you can choose an outdoor camera that can handle the dropping temps and snow storms. An Alarm.com service provider makes installation easy and will find the right position to capture all the action.
KEEPING IT WARM
Whether you're visiting family, entertaining guests or just enjoying some down time this holiday, an Alarm.com-powered smart thermostat will keep up with your schedule. If you're headed out of town, you can instantly override your usual schedule by turning on "away mode" for savings. If you have houseguests who like to fiddle with the temperature, set up an instant alert so you know right when the target temperature is changed. You can discreetly adjust it back to where you like it using your mobile app.
WHEN TO WATER THE TREE
Letting a real Christmas tree dry out makes more than a mess – it can become a fire hazard. An Alarm.com-powered water sensor can help you keep tabs on it so it doesn't dry out. The water sensor was designed for early flood detection, but with a little creativity it has a great holiday use too. First, place a water sensor in your tree stand's tray. Then, plug your tree lights into a smart plug. You can now create a rule that if your water sensor reads "dry:, your tree lights will switch themselves off.
Questions about smart home solutions? Give us a call at 877-287-3077 and learn more about protecting and automating your home with Alarm.com and American Defense Systems.