Home Automation Tips for Beginners
Home automation is an industry that only continues to grow as more people adapt to and adopt the technology. What was once thought to be only for the Jetsons and Bill Gates is now available to the average household and becoming more accessible by the day. Depending on your needs and the size of your house full automation can run from a couple thousand dollars flat to $10,000+ with recurring charges. This particular piece will tell you how to do it yourself which will save you a lot of money and allow you to better customize your home automation to your specific needs.
There are a ton of different Hubs out there and more and more companies are trying to get into the game. The hub is the main device that all of the other devices are connected to; think of it as the train station and the rest of your devices are the trains. My favorite is the Amazon Echo because it serves more purposes than just home automation, is voice activated, is relatively affordable, and is being updated weekly to perform more tasks and pair with more devices. Other companies who make decent hubs include WeMo, AT&T, and Samsung.
Know What you Want
As mentioned in the introduction home automation is taking the world by storm and companies are constantly coming up with more items around the home to automate. Just because it is out there doesn't mean that you want it or need it in your home. By knowing what you want to be automated it will save you a lot of time and money from research to installation.
Take Your Time
Rushing into automating the entire house at the same time can cost a lot of money and be incredibly overwhelming. Start with something simple like a light switch, especially if you are doing it yourself. Adding a little bit at a time can help to spread out the costs associated to home automation while teaching you valuable lessons as your progress from the small stuff to some of the big ticket items.
Choose Reputation Over Price
As with any big industry, cheap knockoffs are flooding the shelves with promises of doing the same tasks at cheaper prices. There are more than just a couple problems with these cheaper products.
1. As with any cheap product they are liable to break or stop working without an inkling of notice that anything is wrong, throwing all of your time and money down the drain.
2. Compatibility is a headache. The big name hubs will probably get to the cheaper models eventually, but in the coming years they are going to focus on the big dogs like WeMo who already have a proven reputation.
Checking compatibility is a two step process.
1. Make sure that your devices are compatible with your hub.
2. Make sure that your devices are compatible with your house. For the most part this won't be an issue, but for some older houses there may be some wiring issues with devices like thermostats.
I hope that at the vary least this list gives you a starting point when it comes to home automation. It is an exciting time to be a tech-head and we are all finally getting to live the future life that we dreamed of through TV shows and movies based in the future. Some may think that home automation is humanity getting lazier, but I think we are just becoming more efficient.
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