Every party has a pooper — and now parents can squash the party without even being invited. Specifically, we’re talking about the party your teenager is throwing in your house while you’re away. In fact, you can shut down this unwanted rager with just a few clicks.
We bet the parents of the teen responsible for driving a car into his neighbor’s pool wish they had been able to monitor their home while they were away. Laws in some states hold the homeowner accountable for what happens at a house party.
Here are a few ideas on how you could be a buzzkill, courtesy of home automation.
1. Send your teen the evidence
Give your teenager the chance to own up to what’s really going on at the house while you’re away — since you can watch it all go down in real time. Send the photographic proof to your teen along with a gentle suggestion that he or she shut that party down right now. If your teenager decides not to heed your advice, no one can say you didn’t warn ’em.
2. Kill the lights
Hosting a party becomes pretty challenging when you can’t see what’s in front of you. Or behind you. Or anywhere else. Change your house’s light settings right from your phone. You can even flick your lights on and off to really annoy and/or creep out those unwanted party guests.
3. Set the temperature to “uncomfortable”
If your teen is throwing a wild summer soiree, the air conditioner can be shut down with just a few clicks on your mobile device. If this is an unwanted winter break party, turning your thermostat all the way down is bound to spoil the mood. Speaking of smart and unusual punishment, you can also cut the water, if your home automation system includes that feature, to further inconvenience partygoers.
4. Lock the partiers out
So you’ve blacked out your home and made the temperature unbearable, and now the party has moved into your backyard. Keep the unwelcome guests from sneaking back in by tapping a few times on your mobile device to lock your front, back and garage doors. Those teens might be quick, but they can’t outrun technology.
5. Sound the alarm
Teenagers can be pretty tenacious partiers, so if all of the above solutions still haven’t stopped this party, it’s time to bring out the grand finale. Set off your home alarm long enough to force the masses to scatter, which you can monitor by using your outdoor cameras. Once everyone has finally cleared out, don’t forget to unlock the front door for your teenager — and, of course, to grab a reaction shot.
Source: Digital Life