It’s that time of year again — there’s a chill in the air, and the days are getting shorter. But it’s really going to start feeling like winter when daylight saving time ends, and we find ourselves going to work and coming home in the dark. Just like changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, this is the time to adjust your home automation system.
Don’t forget to reprogram these six areas when it’s time to fall back:
Because the days are shorter in the winter, you’ll want your exterior lights to go on earlier than they do during daylight savings time. Reset your rules and scenes to make sure your walkway and front door illuminate when your family gets home in the evening. Also remember to adjust the timing of your automatic interior lights. Pulling into your driveway at 6 p.m. on a winter evening means you’ll be coming home to a dark house if you don’t adjust your timers.
If you live in snow country, don’t forget to turn off your automatic sprinklers before the flakes fly. If you’re in a warmer climate, you may want to adjust the timing and frequency of your watering. The LeakSmart Water Shut-off Valve works with Iris and will help you make sure your lawn is in great shape from anywhere.
As the temperature outside dips, bump up your thermostat’s temp to warm the house before you get up to keep you cozy on those chilly mornings. Ditto for your water heater. You want your showers to be nice and steamy, especially on cold days but conserve energy when you’re away. Edit your scenes to start a little earlier to make sure your house is warm and toasty when you get home from work. Add a Duraflame Infrared Heater for supplemental zone heating in particularly cold areas.
Smart Switches can be very valuable as it gets darker earlier. Turn on lamps without having to stumble through the darkness to find the light, make sure your coffee is nice and hot when you wake up, and more!
Consider adding more Contact Sensors to areas that might be vulnerable to air loss. You’ll want to know if windows and doors are being opened or being rattled by the wind, letting the heat out of the house.
During darker hours, add a rule that triggers a light near your camera to turn on when motion is detected. This provides a clearer image of the action and may even deter the source of movement.
7. Smart Locks
Install smart locks on your doors to make sure your guests don’t get locked out in the dark or cold. Use your app to let them in and schedule a scene to make sure your home is nice and cozy when they arrive.