Making your home into a “smart home” is now a real possibility. We’ve all known it was coming, and suddenly here it is: You can now buy and install a whole plethora of devices that are designed to enhance and simplify your lifestyle at home, whether it’s a thermostat you can manage from your smart phone, or a camera that detects motion and sends video clips to your favorite device.
But there’s a catch: These devices have to be chosen and installed carefully. Otherwise, homeowners will be met with frustration as they struggle to make different devices behave as they’re supposed to. To avoid these problems, here are 4 important ways to maximize your home automation investment.
1. Research products meticulously
Things are constantly changing — that much is obvious. New technologies and devices are being introduced all the time. Who’s to say that smart lock or sprinkler system you’re looking at won’t be obsolete in a year or two? Do you know for sure that you’re making a good long-term investment? Meticulous research within the home automation market is the only way to find dependable answers to these questions.
2. Purchase devices that work together
Since smart home technology is so popular these days, more and more manufacturers are scrambling to design and produce new devices for the market. The problem is, integrating all of these devices (from all of these different manufacturers) can be very tricky, even downright frustrating. That’s why it’s crucial to look at compatibility and installation issues before you decide which devices to purchase.
3. Avoid mistakes during installation
Whether you’re talking about a new smart thermostat or an integrated lighting system that works seamlessly with your new smart lock, installation is what it’s all about. When installation is done correctly, and to a high professional standard, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t reap the full benefits of the technology you’ve purchased. Too often, however, DIY smart home installation efforts result in frustration, lost resources, and features that don’t work like they should. Doing your homework on installation is the way to avoid this.
4. Hire a smart home automation specialist
You may or may not have heard about home automation specialists. They haven’t been around all that long (neither has home automation), but they’re already proving to be a huge advantage for homeowners who want to expedite their home automation process, and make sure they get the most for their money. Home automation pros will do all of the things on this list for you, working together with you to make sure you get the products and features you want, while making sure that everything works together as it should, and is properly installed.
Where to find a good professional
Since home automation is relatively new, not every city and town has specialists. The first thing to do is research your local area and look for companies that specialize in smart home installation and troubleshooting — then ask what services they offer, and whether a free consultation is possible. If you’re lucky enough to have a highly reputable and professional smart home professional in your area, getting the most out of your investment could be easier than you think.