Adjust Your Smart Home System for the Time Change

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 Nov. 1, 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:

1. Automated Lighting

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 them 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.

2. Sprinkler Control Systems

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.

3. Thermostat

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.

4. Contact Sensors

You won’t need to reprogram your contact sensors, but it’s a good idea to make sure they’re working. 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.

5. Motion Sensors

During darker hours, add a rule that triggers a light near your camera to turn on when recording begins. This provides a clearer image of the action and may even deter the source of movement.

6. 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 or provide them with a pin code so they can let themselves in whenever they arrive.