Smart Home Tweaks for the Time Change
Daylight savings time ends November 1. The days are getting shorter and the temperatures will get colder. In addition to setting your clocks back and changing the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, it’s the perfect time to optimize your home automation system for the fall season.
Adjust Lighting Schedules
The arrival of fall means darkness sets in earlier. Adjust your light controls to trigger indoor and outdoor lights to turn on sooner for added safety and security. Schedule lights to turn on a few minutes before you arrive home from work, create a safely-lit pathway or trigger lights to make your property appear occupied while you’re away in order to deter intruders.
Program Your Thermostat
Heating accounts for a substantial portion of energy bills in cooler months. Program your thermostat to adjust based on the weather conditions. You can also program it to set back 10-15 degrees when you’re not home and set it to turn up just before you return so you are welcomed by a comfortable temperature.
Test Contact Sensors
Make sure contact sensors are in working order. Programming your thermostat to reduce energy bills is pointless if windows or doors are accidently left open.
Make Changes to Your Sprinkler Control System
Cooler temperatures and rainy weather mean you won’t need to water your lawn as often. Adjust sprinkler timers to reduce watering times and frequency.
Smarten Up Your Locks
If you haven’t already, it’s the perfect time to add smart locks to your property. Guarantee that nobody is left out in the cold or dark, by providing family members and visitors with a pin to allow them to enter or grant entry via an app on your smart phone.
Fight off the Winter Blues
Don’t let the cold and dreary weather get you down. Use your home automation system to create a cozy atmosphere in your house. Cue your favorite music, adjust lighting levels to create a comfortable atmosphere and even trigger your electric fireplace to turn on when you enter a room.
Your smart home will help you and your family adjust to the time change without skipping a beat. Seasons may change, but the comfort, convenience, security and savings that home automation offer are here to stay all year long!