13 September 2017

Adding Automation to Make a Smarter Home

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For a lot of people, the idea of having a home which is augmented by automation is a dream for the future. Only a select few have access to the resources to have this sort of option for their home, making it hard for others to jump on the bandwagon. Of course, though, with the right patience, you can build this sort of system for yourself. To help you out with this, this post will be going through the process of adding a touch of tech to your home, without having to spend a small fortune in the process.

Step #1: Choosing Your Features

The first stage of this journey will be choosing the features you want your smart home to have. You have a lot of options here, with the sky being the only true limit of the ideas you can incorporate. Of course, most people will probably want to go for the simple at first and build from there. So, below you can find some of the most common home automation features which people are using today.

Some Common Examples are:

Imagine having your speakers turn on as soon as you get home, playing the same music you were listening to on your phone. As you move around your place, the music follows you, with speakers which are perfect for the room they’re in. This sort of idea is completely possible, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Along with music, it would be very useful to have lights turn on as you get home, as well as being able to control them with your phone. Smart bulbs can be fitted to almost any normal light fitting. This gives you the chance to have a cost-free installation while giving you loads of freedom when it comes to your lighting.

As time goes on, people are becoming more and more aware of security in their home, and are looking for ways to enhance it. This is possibly the biggest area of home automation which is currently available, thankfully, making it easy to find items to help you. Cameras which turn themselves on, facial detection for your front door, and automatic locks which are always as secure as possible are already being added to homes.

Finally, for those wanting to live in the true future, smart mirrors have been making a splash in a lot of places. Following a simple online guide, it’s possible to create a mirror which can be used to give you notifications, tell you the weather, and even suggest which outfits to wear. This sort of tool is perfect for those who live for their phone, as the best options are always built around a smartphone.

Step #2: Choose the Tools to Do It

Once you have an idea of the basic features you like to have in your home, you can start to research the tools you’re going to be used to do the job. In most cases, off-the-shelf products can be used for this sort of work, and you should be able to find an array of options to help you. For music, options like Google Home and Sonos speakers are perfect, and Philips make the best smart bulbs. For other areas, though, you’ll have to do some research for yourself dependent upon your needs.

The objective of this research should be to find several different options for each of the features you’d like your home to have. For example, for smart speakers, you have loads of options from different companies. For a lot of people, an option which can work with Apple devices will be very important, limiting your choices.  But, for others, reviews will be the best way to tell if an option is for you. Along with this, you could also look into the idea of visiting a tech store before you buy these items. A lot of home automation gadgets are becoming very popular and will be able to fit right into your home.

Step #3: Installing It

Once you have all of your items ready to be installed, you might have quite a bit of work to do. In most cases, you will probably need some tools to help you with your work. So, it’s worth doing some research and preparing what you’ll need before you start. This will save a lot of time which would be spent while you’re working hard on your automation.

With your tools in hand, you can start to think about the jobs which you’re going to do yourself. In most cases, a lot of the tools you will have bought will be DIY-able, and you can install them yourself. In these cases, it’s worth having someone to help you out, along with reading the instructions you’re given very carefully. Always expect jobs like this to take longer than others say they will. There will almost always be setbacks and issues which need to be solved, and you’ll have to make sure you have time to do this.

Of course, there will also be some work which you can’t do yourself. If your automation dreams mean you have to alter your home, you may need the help of a builder to get the job done. Along with this, you may also need the help of an electrician to get your work done. You can view more here about services like this, and you should be able to find loads of professionals in your area which can help you. Finding the best options here will depend on doing plenty of research. But, to do this, you only have to look at some reviews.

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Hopefully, this post will give you a good idea of what needs to be done when you’re trying to find new ways to add some tech to your home. In a lot of cases, this sort of work will make a huge improvement to the space you live in. But, it’s worth making sure you consider all of your additions to make sure they will truly benefit you.


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Melissa Jackson said...

@matthias ... Thanks for sharing! :-)