Favorite Features of Our ADT Security System

May 20, 2021

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We do have a partnership with SafeStreets (an authorized ADT Provider), but this post is not sponsored by them. We genuinely love and value the system, and encourage everyone to evaluate the security and technological needs of their home. Visit and request a consult, or see the offer we’ve negotiated below. All opinions are our own.

One of the first steps we took when moving into this home two years ago was installing an ADT security system. We moved in about 3.5 months after losing our cabin to a fire, and “security” took on a new meaning for us.

Sometimes we think a security system does one thing – helps protect your home from break-ins. And while that is an important role they play, a home being “secure” is much more than that. It’s peace of mind when you’re away. It’s accessibility and monitoring. It’s automation and connectivity. It’s knowing someone will call; someone will come; someone will check.

Initially, our system was set up with the basics. We could arm and disarm the system, and we had smoke and carbon detectors. But the more we’ve learned about the capabilities of the system, the more we’ve expanded it to not only improve safety, but to just make it a more enjoyable place to live. Here are 6 features of our ADT system that we absolutely love, and know you would, too.

1. 24 hour monitoring

We’ll start with the most obvious. Of course we love knowing that, while we’re gone, someone will respond to any alarm events at the home. But even when you are home, knowing someone will arrive even if you don’t have the chance to call for help, is so reassuring.

2. Z-Wave integration

This one is less known, but is my personal favorite. Z-Wave is a wireless protocol used by several electronics companies that allows various products from various companies to work in sync with each other. Products like light switches, outlets, thermostats, door locks – all kinds of things. We swapped out all of the switches in this house for Z-Wave compatible switches, which means I can control every light in my home from my phone – individually, in groups, or all together.

3. Remote access & control

If you have Internet access on your phone, you can pull up your ADT system and view it in real time. You can access cameras, lock and unlock doors, open your garage for deliveries, arm and disarm the system. No matter your travel plans, you still get to check in on everything.

4. Video capture

Doorbell cameras, exterior cameras, interior cameras – each can be set up with their own parameters to automatically begin recording certain events. Control the camera sensitivity, alerts and notifications, timelines. Want the camera at your side entrance to record for 30 seconds when it senses movement close to the door? You can set it up that way!

5. Automation

Connected to many of these is the automation. You can monitor your home remotely, but if you’re on vacation you don’t want to be constantly staring at your home. Set your Z-Wave lights to turn on and off at different times (or in relation to the sunset/sunrise). Get a notification when someone approaches your front door. Group automations together with the touch of a button (change thermostat temperature, have lights turn on and off on a timeline, and adjust the external camera sensitivity when you go on vacation, for example).

6. Carbon and Smoke Detection

ADT has amazing carbon and smoke detectors. Instead of separate units all around the house, these joint units are the size of a standard smoke detector, but alert for both smoke and carbon. We suspect the fire at our cabin was caused by a gas leak, and maybe being alerted remotely to the presence of carbon monoxide there could have prevented it. Of course we’ll never know, but remotely monitored carbon and smoke detection is non-negotiable for us, for any home we ever own. It’s something we refuse to be without ever again, and we will never stop telling people they need it as well.

Before we even closed on our new home in North Carolina, we had the ADT tech scheduled to arrive the day after closing for installation. Even from across the country we can see everyone who comes and goes (contractors, deliveries etc). We have constant video monitoring, proximity sensors, glass breaks, and yes, carbon/smoke detection. It’s peace of mind, yes, but also kinda fun to check in on things throughout the day. :)

If a security system is something you’ve ever thought about, or even if it isn’t, you can schedule a free in-home consult with a security professional today. SafeStreets and ADT are providing an amazing offer for all new customers, which includes the following at no charge:

• Installation ($199 value)
• Basic Security Package ($499 value)
• Doorbell Camera ($199 value)
• Smoke and Carbon Sensor ($99 value)
• Touchscreen Keypad with Mobile Access ($199 value)


They can also set you up on a monthly monitoring plan that works with your budget and the needs of your home. Please, don’t put it off if you feel like it’s something you should do. There’s no better time to make your home safer.

What do you think?

  1. Just get Ring home alarm , no surprise price hike , no contract.

  2. Allison says:

    Since I began following you (9 years ago?!), your family has gone through so much (Utah house break in, Idaho home carbon monoxide scare, A-Frame fie). You have learned from experience the value a system like this can add, but it’s a good reminder for those of us everything a home security system can prevent.

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