Overcome Common Challenges for the Best Home Automation System
By Electronic House
Preparation is the best defense against challenges that can occur when having a home automation system installed.
When selecting and installing a smart home automation system you’re bound to run into a few obstacles. Often, you can avoid problems, or at least be ready to work around them, by planning carefully before you delve into the actual installation. You’ll want to know what you might be up against so that you can prepare accordingly. This goes for both DIYers and for those who prefer to hire a custom electronics professional to install the best home automation system.
Believe it or not, sometimes it can be what you’re doing, rather than not doing, that can cause issues. One of the biggest mistakes consumers make, according to CE pro John Goldenne, Digital Home Technologies, Palatine, Ill., is buying their own equipment (instead of purchasing products the installer suggests). That TV on sale at Costco might be a bargain, but what people don’t realize is that bargain products are usually more difficult to integrate with a home automation system. The longer it takes to link a product to an automation system, the more you can expect to pay for programming.
While many innovative new products have automation capabilities built in, some, like programmable thermostats, electronic door locks, and WiFi surveillance cameras, don’t always work well with automation systems. Yes, you can use a separate, dedicated smartphone app to control an IP surveillance camera, but if you want that camera to be a part of a complete automation system, where one command could control the lights, camera and other components, be prepared to pay for integration.
Another trend that seems great, but can ultimately cause headaches is wireless home automation. You’d think it would be easy to install a system that requires no wiring, but in many homes, that’s not the best option. What people don’t realize is that home automation systems often require professional grade wireless networks. With the addition of a home automation system, the number of devices on the network can jump from 5 to 75 very easily. Don’t expect that inexpensive cable router your Internet Service Provider gave you to handle the extra traffic.
Finally-and this has nothing to do with products or technology-there’s the pitfall of poor communication between you, your CE pro and other subcontractors on the job (builder, architect, electrician, interior designer). For your part, communicate openly and often with your CE pro so that he or she understands clearly your desires and expectations. You’re going to be investing a lot of time and money to have your house automated, so ask a lot of questions and do your research.
By knowing what to expect, and being prepared to deal with certain obstacles, you can ensure that the design and installation of your automation system proceeds smoothly. You’ll be able to take things in stride, which will make the entire experience more pleasant, and allow your professional home automation installer to provide a system that’s perfectly suited for your home and family.
For more information on Smart Home HVAC controls, Home Automation, Security, Surveillance, and more, be sure to contact the professionals at Convergence Technologies for help. We’ve been doing Home Automation projects in the Carolina’s and beyond for over 10 years. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a FREE CONSULTATION and get you started on your dream home or business today.