The Downsides to Do-It-Yourself Home Automation

The Downsides to Do-It-Yourself Home Automation

May,15,2019

The Downsides to Do-It-Yourself Home Automation

As the 21st century becomes more and more technology driven, many homeowners are discovering the convenience, cost savings and energy efficiency benefits that comes with home automation. Home Automation is the culmination of well designed, well proven systems that work together to simplify your living and make the home more manageable and responsive.

Automating the home enables you to do everything from creating more personalised comfort through lighting, heating and cooling and blind control through to having better security with your intercom, cameras, alarm and controlled gates working together to give you more peace of mind. And when entertaining, home automation gives you one control for our hide-away entertainment devices, music and content sharing with the culmination of all your home services effortlessly controllable through one user interface. In comparison, DYI solutions tend to add complexity.

As home automation equipment gets relatively cheaper, more and more people are taking the DIY approach to installation instead of hiring a professional designer and installer to get the job done − and that can be problematic. Here are just some of the pitfalls and problems of DIY home automation.

The Incomprehensible Interface

Typically one of the biggest points of concern that comes with DIY smart homes is that the person who implements the home automation is the only one in the home who knows how to actually use it. What looks completely reasonable to the DIYer looks beyond confusing for anyone else. Many fail to understand that a smart home has more going on than a multitude of apps on your phone or operational device.When a home isautomated properly, you should expect all complexity is removed and all the controls work seamlessly together and automate tasks to your personal preferences. A well organised smart home will integrate the various elements and multiple systemsin order for them to be capable of working as a single unit.

The Scourge of Speed

DIYers can be loured unwittingly by an over optimistic promise of plug and playgadgets on the internet or will often try and cut a few corners for the sake of expediency, but when it comes to home automation, that’s one of the worst things you could do. While you can simply refer to YouTube for some projects like fixing a tap or replacing a blown fuse, a project like home automation requires a lot more technical knowledge and experience in selecting the systems what will work harmoniously together. Often miracle touted DYI products have many limitations that the user can only discover after purchase. So to avoid frustration, take your time and seek professional advice. Look for systems tried and tested worthy to be considered as solid infrastructure for your home.

Things like achieving security alarm, cameras, intercom and gate control that work seamlessly together or lighting with your entertainment control, blinds and air conditioning. Taking the time to seek experience and professional design and installation advice will save you lots of heartache and give the home the reliable, simplified experience personalised for the whole family. Without expert knowledge you won’t be able to evaluate any corner-cutting decisions you make until late in the process.

The Temptation to Go All-Wireless

We live in a Wi-Fi connected world, but when it comes to home automation, the temptation to go all-wireless can lead to a compromised automation system, and a professional installer will know this. Imagine you have four people living in a house; two are watching Netflix on separate tablets, one is downloading a game to their phone, and another is watching YouTube. All are connected to the Wi-Fi. If you were to add a complete home automation system to the Wi-Fi as well, the connection will overload and no one will get the service they need. A professional home automation specialist understands that only wireless devices should rely on the Wi-Fi connection, while other devices and pieces of equipment should be connected to the wired network so everyone can benefit. Would you really want a battery-operated wireless security system? How will that make you feel more secure? Do you really want your wireless cameras taking away your Wi-Fi speed? Do you reallyonly want an intercom that rings your iPad?

If you value simplicity, reliability and convenience, the proven solutions will typically be found in buildings with a solid smart wired platform that allow all the services to communicate and work robustly together, all underpinned by a professional design and professionally installed. Even older homes are being rejuvenated with smart wiring to allow homeowners to take advantage of modern, smarter building controls and services and it’s not always an expensive exercise.

For more information on why it’s best to hire the services of a professional home automation specialist, contact GreenStar Technologies today.

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