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How to choose the right home automation system?

Before selecting a home automation system, you should consider the following:

Compatibility

Compatibility among the devices in your house. You need to be sure that the product you select can control as many devices in you house as possible. Even if you don’t want more than lights and shades control today, you may want to expand the system later on. There is no unified standard right now.  So you should look for a controller that supports common home control technologies (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee , Z-wave) or is a big enough company with multiple uses (Crestron, Lutron, Insteon, etc.).

Most of the systems on today’s market can control lighting, thermostats, door locks, security cameras and have environmental sensors and management tools to improve system efficiency. Not all smart home systems support window coverings, garage door openers, entry sensors or home theatre systems. You have to enquire the possibility  to connect those via third parties devices (or “bridges”).

Functionality

A good system is easy to use, promotes energy efficiency and improves the safety of your home. You might be able to create scenes or scenarios that cover the diverse needs of your home life ( more about scenarios – go to solutions – scenarios). Look for ITTT (“ If This Than That “) technology at “How It Works” page.

Controlling the system over your phone or tablet is commonly available for most of the systems. So the system that can only be used with its own interface is probably outdated.

Voice and gesture control capabilities are definitely the future of home automation.  Nowadays it is still new, and most advanced systems are working on adding on this cool feature.

Installation and set-up

Find out what it takes to install the system, whether it is a wired or wireless, whether it is a DIY system or requires custom professional installation and programming.

DIY systems are usually less expensive, have simple installation and wireless connection.  However watch for reliability and stability of such system, read reviews and comparisons, check what people say about customer support and review the return policies.

If you are not extremely tech-savvy or can afford a custom design and installation, go with professionals. It will guarantee your system will be working from the beginning. However watch and discuss possibility of updates, changes in scenarios and service calls, which may be costly. Make sure you have a good understanding of how to use your system, so that you require less technical assistance down the road.

By |2016-12-06T09:57:18-04:00November 13th, 2015|home automation, Smart home|4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Pokey May 25, 2016 at 1:14 am - Reply

    It’s woufrednl to have you on our side, haha!

  2. Jasper Whiteside November 8, 2016 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    It is incredible to me that the article says any system that can’t be controlled outside of its own interface is outdated. It doesn’t surprise me that consumers want the functionality to activate their home security system remotely. The protection that this automation provides is surely a great peace to many.

  3. Olivia Nelson December 6, 2016 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    I agree that an important part of a home automation system is functionality. I would imagine that finding out if a system is easy to use would be really important. I’m looking for a home automation system so I’ll have to check to see how user friendly it is before I buy it.

  4. Gloria Durst November 16, 2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    I agree that you want to see how compatible a smart home is with your house. Finding something that meshes well would be ideal. My sister wants to automate her home, so she’ll have to consider how compatible it is.

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