Adding a smart home system is an effective and affordable way to make your home safer, more comfortable and more convenient.

You can choose from dozens of options for designing and configuring your system, using cameras, voice controls and various types of sensors – including motion-activated controls.

Let’s take a look at how you can incorporate motion sensors and controls to your smart home and security systems, to get more than you ever imagined possible out of this innovative, state-of-the-art technology.

What Are Motion-Activated Controls?

You are probably familiar with outdoor motion controls, such as motion-activated lighting. Today’s movement-activated sensors are substantially more advanced, using technology such as infrared, vibration, ultrasound, microwaves and LED lighting. Some sensors use multiple signals, such as microwave and infrared, to minimize false alarms.

Once triggered, sensors send signals to the devices and controls you want to activate upon movement. Devices include basic functions such as lights, security system components, microphones, etc. But you can use movement to control heating and air condition systems, audio/video equipment, plumbing fixtures, door locks, window shades or virtually any device that can be activated electronically.

Sensors are installed in locations specific to the desired goal. Various sensors offer a range that spans from just a foot or two up to 30 yards or more, depending on the application. In addition to whatever devices you want activated, you can have your motion sensors programmed to notify you – wherever you may be – via text or specialized smartphone app.

What Can You Do with Motion Sensors in Your Smart Home System?

Outdoors, you can program motion to trigger lighting, sirens, alarm monitors, cameras and even sprinkler functions, depending on your goals.

Bring this technology indoors and you open up a world of possibilities. Some of the most basic include having a specific lighting sequence turn on when you enter a room. Smart thermostats can sense movement and adjust the temperature to your liking. You can choose faucets that turn on with specific movement or install doors that activate with motion, so you don’t have to fumble with the latching mechanism.

Of course, you can use movement sensors to activate all the typical security functions as well as observation cameras and microphones. You can see who your kids brought home with them after school or use this technology to ensure an elder loved one doesn’t fall or suffer an undetected accident.

To avoid repeated false alarms, you can have your sensors programmed to ignore pets, if you have them in the home.

Designing the Right Smart Home System for You

By incorporating motion sensors into your smart home system, you can truly customize it to fit your needs as well as your budget.

The experts at AVI Systems in Draper, Utah, specialize in installing high-quality home security and home automation systems, designed specifically to meet your goals for security, comfort and convenience. For both homeowners and businesses, we offer a variety of touchscreen control options to make using your system simple, intuitive and elegant.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can incorporate motion-activated controls as a part of your smart home system.