Your alarm system can do more than just protect you from unwanted intrusions. Why not also take advantage of the ways your system can help your home run more efficiently?
Citadel uses Z-Wave Technology to integrate energy controls into your home automation systems. With Z-Wave devices, you can adjust the heating and cooling patterns on a timed basis. However, living patterns vary every day & don't always fit into a scheduled program. When you arm the system in 'away' mode, the heating/ac can revert back to a setback mode, saving energy AND money. You can use Total Connect to activate this feature remotely, bringing your home or vacation house to just the right temperature before you arrive.
Did your kids forget their keys again? Have a neighbor stopping by to drop off a package? Unlock the door from the comfort of your office—right from your smartphone or PC. You can also have the doors lock and unlock automatically whenever you arm or disarm your security system.
To automatically unlock a door, the lock must first be motorized to retract the bolt, and intelligent enough to respond to smartphone-issued commands. The lock pictured above would retrofit your existing lock and respond to radio frequencies (RF) commands from your smartphone or push-button combinations.
Lighting Control & Notification
Lights can be activated by scheduling or triggering events such as motion, or a door opening. For example, when you walk in the front door, the foyer light could automatically turn on to greet you. Or, if you were to wake up in the middle of the night, a motion detector could trigger the hallway lights so no one falls on their way to a midnight snack.
When you arm your system in away mode, lights can be randomly activated to give your home a more "lived-in" look from the outside.