Smart Home Technology: DIY kit vs Professional Installation
Do-it-yourself projects have become increasingly popular. Home automation DIY can be seemingly easy, depending on the product. As the home automation market continues to soar, you’re confronted by seemingly endless products promising plug-and-play functionality. It’s all too easy to get caught up in analysis merely thinking about the possibilities. Luckily, if you take a step back and think carefully about your needs, you could be automating your home in a way that works for you, and with much less effort. Below we have outlined a few questions you should ask yourself to help you discover if you need to hire a smart home technology professional.
#1. Do you want a simple or sophisticated system?
One way to build out a smart home is to buy lots of components—sensors, smart bulbs, security cameras, speakers, and whatnot—and connect them all to a hub that helps them communicate with each other and with you, via your smartphone.
But let’s be real: this can be extremely expensive and time consuming! And for some people, it’s just overkill. If your wants and needs are simpler, just a few relatively inexpensive products will deliver most of the conveniences a high-end smart home can deliver, and on a much more modest budget.
If you do decide to build your smart home this way, it is essential to conduct some research and make sure your desired products are compatible with each other. Additionally, if you build a solid foundation of products you can eventually expand over time. The key is knowing which smart home products don’t depend on a smart home hub to operate. While hubs offer advantages, the most important of which is having a single user interface to control everything, they’re not always essential. One thing you must have, however, is a good wireless route, ideally one that can reach all corners of your home.
So, how about if your looking for a more complex system, beyond Amazon’s Echo and smart lighting. Once you’ve got a clear idea of the sort of system you want, it’s time to think about the installation side of things so you can budget accurately before you start buying equipment and getting set up. Make no mistake, time spent at this stage can save you a great deal of money and headaches later down the track. A smart home security expert can evaluate your home and help setup a system that is unique to your home. Call a Limitless Security Solutions expert today!
#2. Do You want a system that focuses on convenience or security?
Next, you will need to decide if you want to build a system based on convenience or security. Many of the systems you’ll see when you go shopping will emphasize one or the other, even if they offer elements of both.
Are you more interested in the fun and convenience of a modern home technology, having lights turn on and off with voice commands, for example, or having a sprinkler system that operates in concert with the local weather. If the your answer is yes, you’ll want a smart home system.
But if you’re more concerned about being alerted to a break-in, or a disaster such as a fire or a burst water pipe, you’ll be happier with a home security system—perhaps one with a service that can dispatch first responders on your behalf. Hiring professional security expert is best for installing this type of system, since your home is unique and you want to maximize on your home security system.
Benefits of Hiring a Smart Home or Home Security Professional
The professional integrator will start with an assessment of what the consumer wants to do, as opposed to pitching a particular technology as a solution. A strong professional will:
Design a system as simple or complex as it needs to be to meet the consumer’s desires
Recommend the technologies and products – which may include the consumer automation products mentioned above – that will work best now and in the future
Design a system that can scale with increasing needs (more monitoring, devices, etc.)
Decide on the technology standards and platforms – open, proprietary or combinations - that will best address the client’s needs.
Offer support capabilities, so there is someone to call if something isn’t working or something needs to be added to the system.
Additionally, security and privacy can be a major concern with DIY smart home installation. With the surge of network-connectivity in our homes, virtually every electronic sends and receives at least some kind of data such as its status. The need for increased cyber security and privacy are significant as all it takes to get access to a network is to hack the weakest device. A mix of varying devices from several, often Chinese, manufacturers increases that risk dramatically which is why privacy and security should be a major focus.
What’s Your Budget?
If you’re considering hiring a smart-home installer, realize up front that it will likely cost much more than if you went on a smart-home shopping spree at your local Home Depot or Best Buy. Including labor, you’re likely looking at a budget that’s going to be more like a home-improvement project, and less like buying an Amazon Echo and a few smart light bulbs.
The price of smart-home tech is dropping every day, but like nearly every home-improvement project, it’s easy to spend a lot. Before you make your first phone call, have a firm idea of the maximum amount you can spend.
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