Needless to say, 2020 has been a challenging year. In so many ways, our lifestyles have been upended. But as always, Americans are resourceful and keep pressing forward.
Part of the challenge has been managing so much of our activities from home. Work, school, and entertainment are all happening at the same time from home, which tends to blur the lines between those activities. At this writing, Naperville and Chicago area schools are preparing to start the school year with remote learning – so more family time at home is a given.
However, that doesn't mean we can't adjust! We have some useful and fun ways to make the most of family time at home, using smart automation to get back into a routine, have fun, and stay safe. Check out the ideas below, and call your local home automation installer – Barrett's Technology Solutions – for more ways to make your home comfortable and safe not only for this fall but for years to come.
Kids love summer for many reasons, not the least of which is the ability to sleep late. Does it seem like schools start even earlier than when we were kids? Whether that's just a fuzzy memory or not, we can use smart automation to make waking up, dare we say, a bit more fun.
A smart home system like Savant has the brains to manage your lights, AV, motorized shades, and temperature in many ways. How about this wake-up routine to roust the kids out of bed for e-school: Bedroom lights gradually brighten, motorized shades reveal the morning sun, the temperature gets a little warmer, and an energizing music playlist starts playing on your whole home audio system. We’ll leave the exact settings up to you, as some families are easier to get out of bed than others.
The kids (admit it, you too) love the summer late movie nights and video game binges. Staying up late is not very compatible with getting up early for remote schooling – or working. Smart technology can help by limiting the entertainment. Your smart system can turn off all the entertainment devices like TV, audio, and even game consoles at a specific time. Put it on a schedule, or easily program a scene that turns of all the systems – even in multiple rooms – at the same time. Your kids will know that when you say it’s time for bed, you mean it!
When you're in one location like home for everything, it's more difficult to draw the line between activities. It's essential to take some breaks that refresh both mind and body. The weather is still lovely in early fall, so why not do a family yoga class from YouTube on your outdoor TV? Afterward, turn on some lively tunes on the outdoor sound system while you enjoy lunch al fresco, and everyone will be ready for an afternoon of work.
There's enough to worry about these days, so your home's security doesn't have to be one of them. For those occasions you leave home, let your automation system take care of security. When the system detects your smartphone has left the premises, your garage door can close, unnecessary lights turn off, smart lock-equipped doors bolt shut, and your security system and cameras start working. When you get home with armfuls of the week’s groceries and supplies, the whole sequence can reverse automatically. Doesn’t that beat wondering if the back door got locked?
Barrett’s Technology Solutions can show you how to make home automation do more for you, whatever your routines and lifestyle. Call us at (630) 898-2850 or contact us here to get started – we look forward to working with you!
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