As a homeowner, you probably think about building a smart home, which is claimed to deliver the best set and to improve efficiency and comfort. However, installing such a system can be costly, unless you are loaded and you don’t mind spending a fortune to install the complete system. What is a smart home and what you need to consider about the installation, really?
Smart Home Concept
As the name suggests, a smart home is an intelligent construction that works with an automated system. You probably have seen this in movies: the character walks into his dark home. He claps his hands and voila! The lights are on. He clicks his fingers and a soft slow jazz music is playing. Well, this is probably the advanced and high level automation system, but that’s the idea. The simplest example is when you have a controller that can be used to turn on the lights, to bring out the TV, and to turn on the AC within a few press of the buttons.
Building a smart home isn’t easy, especially if you are doing it from a scratch. However, it isn’t an impossible task – not if you are being extra careful and you know what you are looking for. First of all, you need to know which network or system to choose. What is going to connect them all? How is it going to be connected? There are some sources that can provide you with insight and information so be sure to get a thorough info. Think about your priority. If you are concerned about the security, then focus on the security system and find out the details – is camera alone enough? What is the most complete system? Should you go with DIY option? Is professional installation able to cover it?
Some of the Important Considerations
You probably think that you can go all crazy with the plan of building a smart home, but you can’t really be careless about it. There are some considerations that you need to make before you start spending tons of money for things that end up not being used. Here are some of the handy tips:
- Don’t go wireless completely. The idea of having a wireless system maybe cool, but to really depend yourself to the system? Not such a good idea, after all. Having several systems at home that are wireless is okay, but you can never tell what’s going wrong with it in the future. To keep it simple and safe, it is better to keep some systems wired and others wireless. If you want to choose the wired system, go with Cat6 which can be plastered to the wall, for instance.
- If you decide to set the WiFi system, don’t forget to consider about the traffic and the busy network. This would be a crucial consideration, especially if you have tons of wireless systems.
- Avoid too sophisticated items. Do you need an auto washing machine? Do you want a coffee machine that will automatically make you the hot stuff when it detects you awake?
Make sure that you go with the essentials that cover your needs. Just because you are building a smart home, it doesn’t mean that you will have to waste tons of money.