What’s the best system for you?
When it comes to home automation products, there’s now more choice than ever. Usually, the first choice you need to make is which system suits your needs best – now and in the future. This is a valuable investment in your home, so it’s important to get it right first time.
Make sure you compare different product ranges, research their reliability, and consider each system’s value for money, so you can make an informed decision based on what’s important to you.
Here are some more handy tips to consider if you’re thinking about making your home a smart one!
This is a must when you’re installing a home automation system. Do you just want to control lighting and air conditioning, would you like to integrate a security system, or do you want to include your home theatre as well? If you have a clear idea of what you want, you’ll be able to give your installer a better brief, so you’re all on the same page. This will help the installer give you a more accurate quote and make sure they meet your needs and expectations.
Talk to an expert
When it comes to the complex world of home automation, it’s a good idea to consult people with experience in this specialist area – especially if you’re integrating smart home technology like pool pumps, irrigation or a solar energy system.
Consider data cabling
Even if you have a good router giving you a strong signal, you may still like to consider installing Ethernet networking cable to at least one data point in every room in your house. This will give you more smart home choices, now and in the future.
Invest in a good quality wifi router
Buying a quality wifi router is a must if you’re installing a smart home system. Having a strong wifi signal throughout your home means all of your smart home devices will be able to communicate with each other without dropping out, so it works every time, without any annoying delays.
You don’t need ‘smart’ appliances
Generally speaking, it’s the smart home controller (tablet or smartphone) that does all the work, so products like your lighting and air conditioning don’t necessarily need to be ‘smart’ themselves.
Leave electrical jobs to a professional
If you need to do any work that involves your home’s 240-volt electricity wiring or your in-home telephone line, it’s illegal to do it yourself. You must engage a licenced electrician. It’s simply not worth the risk, so always talk to an expert.