How to Deal with Preventable Installation Mistakes

March 16, 2017

Buying smart gadgets to automate your home is a fun experience, but you need to prepare yourself for installation mistakes. You don’t need to be afraid, mistakes happen even when you are setting up your television or trying to use your blender. You can deal with preventable installation mistakes by:

Checking your networks

Have you checked your Wi-Fi signal recently? A weak Wi-Fi signal in your home means that the Wi-Fi-enabled home automation devices you bought may not work well after installation. Some of the devices you buy may require expert level wireless networks. Even your inexpensive wireless router may not be able to handle the extra load of traffic from your home automation gadgets.

Anything from the number of devices connected to your router, to the types of walls and floors within your home can affect how effectively your devices communicate. A good automation installer will identify all these potential issues and help you install networking components that will enhance device integration and make communication between devices seamless.

Not buying incompatible smart devices

You need to do some research before you buy a device to ensure that it is compatible with your home automation system. Sometimes you may be tempted to buy a gadget on sale only to find out later that it cannot be integrated with other smart devices in your home. If the technology of your new device does not match that of your home automation system, then you cannot integrate it with the system.

You may find yourself having to hire an expensive technician to try and integrate your new light bulb with your current home automation system. There are automation products that can only be integrated with devices from the same vendor. Be sure to check compatibility of all systems and devices before making any large purchases. You can check our site to see the compatibility of devices.

Providing ventilation

Just because your equipment uses low energy does not mean it cannot get dangerously hot. A specialty rack is a perfect solution for these devices because it promotes air flow. Overheated gear does not work well and may break down easily.

Researching installers

The technician that comes to install your home automation system can make it or break it. Asking an electrician for guidance on scoping and installing home automation systems is not advised because they do not know how to design, integrate, or program smart or intelligent home automation systems.

Do some research to find a qualified home automation installer. They may be expensive but at the end of the day, they will help you install a system that works seamlessly and is well suited for your family.

Communicate openly to your installer about your automation installation desires and expectations. This will help you avoid situations where you have to redo the installation thus spending extra money in the process. You can use our PDF and video manuals for DIY installation.

Buying because of ease of use, not device price

Avoid buying home automation systems based solely on price. These systems differ in the way they work and how good they work. Just because it is expensive does not mean it will be easy to use or durable. Test a system before you buy it to gauge how easy it is to use.

One easy way to do this is by downloading the system’s app and trying it out. For instance, you can download the free Nest app and try using it with the Nest device you have bought before connecting it to your home automation system.

Choosing multiple vendors

Contract systems are limiting because you have to use devices from only one vendor. You also have to sign up for monthly or weekly subscriptions depending on what package you need or can afford. Find a vendor that has a system that can work with several third party devices and apps. The ability to buy devices from multiple vendors will save you on cost and you won’t have to sign contracts.

All in all, plan before you go out shopping for a home automation system. Planning helps you access your automation needs and the money you are willing to spend to achieve home automation. Follow our site for more information about home automation and to buy the latest automation devices.

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