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In one of our previous blogs, we outlined eight different devices that could make your home smarter, and door sensors came in at the number one spot. Smart door sensors can add value and convenience to your home in so many different ways. Just connect them to your smart hub or professional system, then customize to fit your lifestyle! Below, we’ve covered our top five favorite ways to use smart door sensors throughout your home.
1. Secure the Premises
Security is the most common use for door sensors because they do an excellent job of helping to protect your home from intruders. You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg every month for a home security system. Instead, add smart sensors to the doors and windows. If a burglar attempts to enter your home, the sensors can connect to an alarm siren and let the intruder know quite loudly that your home is protected. Set up your smart home system to call the police, send you a notification, blast an alarm, or do all three when the sensor goes off.
2. Watch the Medicine Cabinet
Medicine cabinets often contain prescription pills that can be harmful if they fall into the wrong hands. However, keeping your medicine cabinet locked at all times is downright inconvenient. When you add a door sensor to the cabinet, you can know instantly if someone is accessing the cabinet at an unusual time.
And if you struggle to take medications at the right time each day, your smart home can help with that too! Just set up the door sensor to send a reminder message if the medicine cabinet isn’t opened when you’re supposed to take the medicine.
3. Trigger Smart Scenes
Smart scenes are saved settings for your home’s lighting levels, music, security system, etc. You can set scenes based on room, time of day, or activity, so all it takes to make your home comfortable is the push of a single button, such as “Movie” or “Good Night.” With a smart door sensor, you can skip the step where you have to go to your smartphone or tablet to adjust the room’s settings. Instead, the scene could trigger just by opening the door.
Another great option is to add a smart sensor to your garage door. As you pull into the driveway and press the garage door opener, you can have lights in the entryway and living spaces turn on, your favorite music start playing through the stereo system, and the temperature drop to a comfortable level. Personalize the scene to fit your lifestyle!
4. Monitor the Garage Door
Have you ever had that niggling feeling in the back of your head that you might have left the garage door open? It doesn’t matter if you’ve locked your doors and windows—leaving the garage open gives easy access to your home’s valuables. Instead of driving all the way back to your home just to check, you can pull out your smartphone and verify that the door is closed. You can also set up customized alerts that will let you know if the garage door has been left open for a certain amount of time.
5. Keep Track of the Kiddos
Add door sensors to baby gates or playrooms to help you keep an eye on the little ones. While your children are playing, you can enjoy a moment of relaxation in the other room. Then, if one of the kids leaves the room or the baby gate is left open for more than a minute, your door sensor could send you a notification. You’ll know to immediately go check on the children and make sure they’re safe. By connecting the door sensor to a smart siren, you can set the system to let out a chirp or display a message on the television screen.
6. Make Climate Control Smarter
On cool, breezy days, it’s common to open up the doors and windows and turn off the air conditioner to take advantage of the moderate weather. But what about those times when you accidentally leave the door open after bringing in groceries or checking the mail? Your air conditioner will keep on pumping out cold air, doing its best to cool down the entire neighborhood. Same goes for heaters in the wintertime.
Using a smart home automation system like SmartThings or Wink, you can connect your door sensors to your HVAC and then customize the system to react to different situations. For example, if the front door is left open for a certain amount of time, your smart home could send you a text message notification and tell the air conditioner or heater to shut off until the door is closed.
These are just a few of the different options for using door sensors to make your home more secure, comfortable, and luxurious. To order your own door sensors, click here or give us a call at (855) 249-1754.