Have you aver wandered what exactly smart home means? Or you probably already considering to…
As you may already know, more and more people are interested in making their homes ‘smarter’. But what are smart homes? They’re homes that benefit from home automation systems to help make life easier. The home automation scene is absolutely brimming with fixtures and fittings you can install to change the way that you enhance your property. This why we all need some home automation tips and tricks, that will make our life even easier.
You can choose from fittings such as smart light switches, which can be controlled from your phone, virtual assistant hubs placed around the house (such as Alexa, from Amazon, for example). There is also an option to set up outdoor security cameras that provide a live feed to your smartphone. Smart appliances that are controlled from your tablet (such as the dishwasher, the washing machine, even the sprinklers). As well as much more.
Below you can find a few things you might want to keep in mind when looking into home automation for the first time.
Take the time to decide on what you want and need
As mentioned, there are endless products and ideas that can help to make your home smarter! That being said, you do not necessarily have to invest in everything that is on the market. In fact, there are bound to be certain things that you neither want nor need in your home. It is perfectly fine to have one or two home automation products. Remember that, a smart home doesn’t have to comprise all the bells and whistles.
Whether you simply need an efficient outdoor security system, or are tired of having to get up to turn the lights off. You may consider buying one element at a time. Buying into the hype can be easier than you think, especially if you’re really into your gadgets. Do you really need an automatic curtain-puller?
Remember, you can always have more products installed later if you so choose. It’s better to save some options for later, than to set up bits and pieces you end up ripping out. Take your time and consider what you actually need.
Remember that pets and other animals can trigger your motion sensors
Whether you have, an outdoor camera installed, indoor motion sensors, or both, they can be fantastic at keeping your home safe. That being said, depending on the equipment that you choose, you could be getting random ‘movement’ updates all day. This in fact, could be just your cat, or dog moving around the house. It could also be a squirrel just scampering around your garden.
Thankfully, you can find highly efficient cameras and motion detectors on the market, that have been specifically designed to recognise the difference between random events and genuine burglaries. What’s more, you should also be able to tweak and tune your camera sensors so that they’re not so sensitive.
Yes, a top quality camera will cost a little more than the average, however, given the fact that you will likely be using this technology for years to come, it is better to invest in the best from the start to save you some trouble later! Check out different options and make sure you can change sensitivity settings if you’re a pet lover.
Ensure that the devices that you use are all compatible with one another
This is a big one, and it’s a problem that a lot of people stumble into without realising it. Not all home automation tech will work seamlessly with each other. For example, Alexa and Google Assistant are two highly advanced virtual assistant products that work perfectly in smart homes. That being said, they are also competitors and can only work together to a certain degree.
For example, both can be paired with your smartphone and both can turn off lights, turn down your heating and secure your doors. However, they cannot work together feasibly. You’ll only be able to use one at a time on the whole. Try and pick one standard and stick to it!
Go for brands you recognise
Unfortunately, there is a spate of cheap knock-off home automation products entering the market at the moment. For example, it’s reasonably cheap to buy smart automated light bulbs via Amazon, but some are made by companies with a less than obvious paper trail.
Try and invest in tech from companies you actually know of and trust. For example, keeping smart bulbs in mind, Philips Hue is a line that’s leading the pack. They may cost a little more than expected, but they are absolutely worth the money for the reliability years ahead of time.
Always have a professional help set up your smart home
There are plenty of home automation products that can simply be plugged into the wall and used directly. However, if you want your home to be professionally automated and wired up, then you’re going to need to call in the experts.
With Elsys Electrical, you’re in luck. We’re an electrical contracting firm operating in and around Hemel Hempstead, Watford, St Albans and North London. Over the years, we have helped many customers get the best out of their smart homes in ways that suit them and their budgets.
One of our friendly and experienced team members will be happy to help you on your way to making your home that little bit smarter!
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