4 Mistakes to avoid when installing a Home Automation System

Mistake # 1 – Buying Home Automation Equipment Online Because You Got a Good Deal
Avoid purchasing random home automation equipment instead of buying specific products your smart wired installer requests. A television on sale somewhere might seem like a bargain, however, clearance products are typically more difficult to integrate with a home automation system because the technology isn’t a match. The longer it takes to connect a product to an automation system, the more you can expect to pay your home automation installer for programming time.

While many new, innovative products in today’s market have automation capabilities built in already, some, such as thermostats that are programmable, electronic door locks for your front door, and WiFi surveillance camera systems, do not always work well with home automation systems. You may argue that you can just use a separate smartphone app to control such things including a surveillance camera, but if you want that camera system to be a part of a complete home automation system, be prepared to pay extra time for a difficult integration.

Mistake # 2 – Relying on your WiFi
You might imagine that it would be relatively easy to install a system that does not require wiring, but in a lot of homes, that is not the best option. Home automation systems typically require professional grade wireless networks. This is due to the number of devices on the network, which can be up to 75 at a time very easily. Don’t expect that inexpensive cable router from your ISP to handle that extra load of traffic.

Mistake # 3 – Not communicating exactly what your expectations are to your home automation installers
You need clear channels of communication between yourself, your home automation installer and any other subcontractors you enlist for the job. This may include builders, architects, designers, electricians, etc., depending on the size and scope of the job.

For your part in the process, be sure to openly communicate with your installer so that he or she understands your desired outcome and expectations. You’re going to be investing a lot of time (and money) to have your house automated, so ask as many questions as you can and do your research.

Mistake # 4 – Not researching your options for home automation installers in advance
By knowing what you can expect in options (both in products and professionals), and getting yourself prepared to deal with certain obstacles, you can ensure that the installation of your automation system happens smoothly. Just remember that sometimes unexpected issues do arise, things that could not have been foreseen, and if you are prepared to make decisions with a professional home automation installer, it will surely make the entire experience more pleasant, and allow the provider to install a system that’s perfectly suited for your home and family.