The Perfect How-To Guide for Prepping Your Home for Automation

May 10, 2017

Prepping your house for automation depends on the type of automation system you want to install. It is not a daunting or confusing process, and in most instances, you may not even need to consult an installer. Here is a perfect how-to guide for prepping your home for automation:

Start by planning

Make sure you plan first before you go out shopping for smart devices to automate your home. Think about your automation needs and wants so that you can come up with a solid budget that will not leave you broke. A system that automates the whole house will need a different prepping compared to a system that only automates your lights or your audio system.

Planning for a fully automated home

Automating your entire home can be a major financial undertaking that needs careful planning. Decide whether you are going to buy a system that does not support third-party smart devices or vice versa. Once you have decided on the system, you want to start researching for a good installer if needed and find out if there will be contracts to sign for monitoring or control. It would be wise to get an installer who is a smart home expert if you are uncomfortable with installing a large system yourself. You can also check out our system builder to build your perfect security and automation system for your home.

Planning for a partly automated home

In this scenario, you are only interested in things like automating your lights or just installing smart security cameras in your home. Installing smart devices like Philips Hue LED Bulbs or the Nest Indoor Cam is very simple. The product’s page on features online videos that can guide you on how to do it. Use our site to research how these devices work and decide whether they are what you need.

Other smart devices you may be interested in include:

  • Automated lights that can be scheduled to turn off and on remotely
  • Smart thermostats or air conditioners that save energy and learn your habits
  • Automated window blinds

Check your networks

Smart devices may have the same functions, but they also have different ways of communicating with one another. There is a wide variety of technology platforms or protocols that act as a foundation for your smart home. These protocols are sometimes defined as languages that smart devices use to communicate with each other.

The most common type of protocols includes Insteon, Z-Wave, ZigBee, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. You should choose a protocol that can support a large number of devices, and that can offer seamless communication between devices. Other factors to consider include power consumption, bandwidth, and cost. For seamless communication, be sure to use the same protocol for all of your devices. This ensures you the best experience for automation.

For instance, if you decide on a Wi-Fi protocol for your devices then you will need to make sure that your home Wi-Fi is robust enough to support more devices. If not, you will need to get a better router to support all the smart devices you will be adding to the system.

Test the Product

It doesn’t matter whether a product receives rave reviews on social media, test it first before you buy it. Most of these smart devices have specialized software or apps, and these apps are often free. Download the software and test the product to verify whether it will work great for you.

Smart LED bulb

When you are testing smart LED bulbs, you need to consider the ease of use, how much power they consume, heat output, and brightness or luminance. You will often see their maximum level of brightness or luminance described in their packages. When you are testing ease of use, consider how easy it is to switch on the bulbs, the remote access, the layout and the usage of the apps and inbox documentation. To gauge the performance of the LED light bulb, find out how luminous it is and how responsive its app is.

Smart Switches

For smart switches, you will need to pay attention to ease of use and performance. Consider how easy it is to get the switches up and running, remote access, general layout, and usage of the app. Also, consider the physical characteristics of the switch and inbox documentation.

You can do the same for all other smart devices that you are interested in buying. Remember prepping your home for automation will save you from last minute headaches. Visit our website today for guides and manuals for automating your home.

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