Home automation is cool because it gives you access to smart technologies that allow you to talk to your lights and speakers. It turns your phone into a magical device that can schedule when your lights turn on or off and lowers your thermostat’s temperature in your home without touching it.
But just because it is cool technology doesn’t mean you cannot make a mistake between acquiring it and installing it. Here are some horrible mistakes that you may be making with automation:
1. Buying the latest untested technology
If you are familiar with the 80s, then you know that just because an item of clothing is flashy or flamboyant does not mean it is high fashion. This applies to the pricey gleaming gadgets that pop out every day in the automation market.
The automation system they are advertising may seem better than the one you currently have, but you do not have to buy it. New flashy smart devices promise a lot of things, but few of them keep their promise. The reason for this is that many new devices are not tested adequately before they are released to the market.
If you buy them, there is a risk that they may not function as well as the manufacturers promised. It is better to do your homework to find out whether the device you want to buy has been tested or wait for reviews from people who bought them. You can use the product pages on our site to gauge
2. Failing to plan
Writing down a budget for groceries may not be something you enjoy doing, but it does save you both time and money. Similarly, you need to write down your automation needs before you go out spending your hard earned cash on the newest automation system or product.
Your home automation plan should take into consideration your work schedule, your traveling schedule, your entertainment needs, and your security situation.
3. Buying the wrong network equipment
Networking is important because it is what allows the smart devices in your home to communicate with each other. Before you purchase a router try to research its performance capabilities and how many devices it can support at a time.
If you are not sure what router or networking system will be good for your home, consult a networking professional to help you out, or browse our products section to compare features. Amazon has a new service, available in specific locations, where a home automation expert visits you and checks your Wi-Fi signal strength and offers advice about networks.
4. Not integrating your devices
Several companies make automation devices for your home. You may buy a thermostat from one vendor, a smart bulb from another, then a speaker from another vendor. All of these devices come with their own specialized free apps that you can download on your phone or tablet.
The problem is that there are just too many apps out there. They clutter your phone and ruin your automation experience as a result. To solve this, you need to integrate all your devices by centralizing control.
You can do this using the IFTTT app or by buying a home automation control system like Google Home or Amazon Echo. Amazon Echo and Google Home are compatible with several home automation devices available on the market. You can use these systems to control every smart device in your home through voice control.
5. Positioning your automation equipment in the wrong location
It is not a good idea to put your Amazon Echo next to the fireplace because the extra heat may affect its performance. Placing your router in your basement or your closet is also not a good idea. A centrally located router that is not blocked by walls or closet doors will distribute a stronger signal over your whole house.
Another issue with the improper placement of smart tech is when you only place cameras at a high position facing down. A criminal can always avoid looking up at your camera or wears a baseball cap to cover his face. Set your cameras at eye level or in such a way that they can get a better view of the intruder. Nest Cameras can be placed in very discreet areas of your house and can go unnoticed by criminals.
In case you cannot install equipment on your own, it’s better to consult a qualified home automation technician. It is better to do this than spending hours trying to find out why your lights are not responding to your app commands. For more information about home automation follow our blog or browse our website for products.