The Ultimate Home Automation Checklist
When it was raining on The Jetsons, their buildings were designed to shoot up on stilts, soaring above the bad weather and finding the sun. We may not be able to do that today, but advanced technology has allowed home security and safety to reach new heights through automation. With your home’s smart panel, you can change the lighting, check for potential security alerts, lock doors, and adjust the thermostat—without ever getting up from your couch. All the new technology on the market makes it difficult to know where to start with home automation. We’ve gathered together our favorite smart home items into one simple home automation checklist.
▢ Smart Panel
The dashboard of your home safety and security automation is a smart panel. Smart panels are designed to be the user interface of your home where you can control everything from the lighting to the temperature. Some smart panels even have the ability to sync with smart speakers like Amazon Echo or Google Home.
AMP’s smart panel allows you to check the weather, see photos of who disarms your home security, and receive video alerts when someone is at your front door. AMP Smart will even send someone over to help you install your system so you don’t have to.
How would it feel to drive up to your home and have the garage door automatically open, the doors unlock, and the thermostat set to your favorite temperature? With geofencing, all of this and more are completely possible. It’s like having a home that welcomes you back and secures itself when you leave.
Geofencing works by establishing a digital perimeter around your home. Once you enter that perimeter, your home automation system is programmed to do whatever tasks you have assigned for that perimeter. While it may sound like a fancy but unnecessary system, there are some major advantages of geofencing that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
For example, geofencing can alert you when your children get home, allowing you to check in on them if you get home at different times. It can also save you money on your heating and cooling costs throughout the year because it turns off your thermostat when you’re at work to save energy. Geofencing can also take care of the little things when you leave your house, like lock the doors, close the garage, and turn off lights.
▢ Smart Thermostat
If you’re unsure of making the switch to a fully automated smart home, a smart thermostat is a great place to start. Smart thermostats are easy-to-use and a great start to home automation because they save you more money than any other single home automation device. A smart thermostat allows you to adjust your home temperature from anywhere via your phone and uses multiple sensors around the house to make sure the entire house is the correct temperature.
▢ Smart Locks
Do you constantly wonder whether you locked the door after you’ve left home? If so, smart locks might be just what you need. If you want to be able to check when you’re away from home, now you can. Smart locks can lock automatically or send you text alerts if you forgot to lock your doors. Because it’s all automated, you can lock the door from your phone no matter where you are in the world.
▢ Smart Video Doorbell
Answering the door can be a little disconcerting, especially if your children are answering the door with no adult supervision. Smart video doorbells allow you to see who is ringing your doorbell and to record what you see. You can see if someone has been stealing packages, or if you’ve had someone checking out your home while you’re not there.
Video doorbells typically include a 180-degree camera so you don’t have any blind spots. They offer two-way audio so you can speak with people at the door without going to answer it—and even from your phone while you’re away. This is a huge deterrent to potential thieves who may be looking to break in while you’re not home.
▢ Exterior Smart Camera
Another home security camera to consider is a wireless exterior camera. These cameras communicate with your home security panel or your cell phone. To conserve battery power, they are motion-activated and send alerts to your phone if there is movement around your home, especially at night.
▢ Indoor Smart Camera
These cameras allow you to monitor the interior of your home. This is especially useful if you have children who arrive home from school before you’re off work. You can monitor that they made it home safely and that they are doing their homework—just like they said they would.
Indoor cameras also give you the ability to check on the state of your home while you’re away for the day at work, or if you’re out of town on vacation. Did you leave the light on? Simply pull out your smartphone and check. You can also record video if you see something fishy that activates the camera’s motion detector.
▢ Carbon Monoxide Detector
Whether you intend to automate your home or not, a carbon monoxide detector is an essential safety feature. As you may be aware, carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can cause a lot of damage, very quickly. Individuals experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning may start to feel dizzy, get a headache, begin vomiting, or pass out. If this is not addressed immediately, carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to a coma or even death.
Some carbon monoxide detectors are designed to work with smart home systems and send alerts to your phone if carbon monoxide is detected.
▢ Smoke Detector
Another home safety essential, smoke detectors can literally save lives and should be installed in your home. The amount of deaths that could be prevented is with a simple smoke detector is astounding. According to the National Fire Protection Association, two-thirds of home fire deaths could have been prevented between 2007-2011, and homes without fire detectors had double the mortality rate of homes with detectors.
Like carbon monoxide detectors, some smoke detectors can also sync with home automation devices. AMP Smart’s detectors have a 3-5 year battery life and will send you a mobile alert when the battery gets low, as well as if it detects smoke or heat from a fire.
▢ Asset Safe
Keeping your valuables in the sock drawer or under the mattress won’t keep them safe from burglary. Valuables like jewelry, cash, and important documents should always be stored inside a safe, preferably one that is also fireproof. Most safes are made from durable steel and can be bolted to a floor or wall. Smart safes alert you if someone has managed to open your safe so you know when it’s being accessed.
▢ Flood Sensor
Flooding in a home can cause serious water damage and cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair. Get alerts at the first sign of a leak or flood by using a flood sensor. These sensors are installed on the floor or along the bottom of a wall in areas of potential water damage in your home. The best rooms for flood sensors are kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements. With smart sensors, you’ll be alerted right away if something isn’t right.
▢ Glass Break Sensor
Some thieves don’t bother trying to sneak into a home, they will simply create an entrance if they need to. Glass break sensors are simple devices installed across the room from any windows you wish to monitor and will send you alerts if a window is broken in your home. This gives you time to check your indoor smart camera and alert police if someone has broken in.
Technology has made home security easier and more affordable than ever. Whether you’re considering a fully automated home or just looking to make some simple safety adjustments, every home can be made safer. Do an inventory of your home and see where you could improve your safety and security using our advanced home automation checklist. Whatever you need, Amp Smart are experts who can help you put together the perfect automation package for safety and convenience.