If you‘ve been considering a home automation system installation for you Utah, you’ve likely started researching prices and local A/V contractors – unless you’re one of those die-hard do-it-yourselfers. In that case, you may already be planning to tackle the design, installation and programming of your smart home system yourself.
If you’re tech-savvy, up-to-date on the latest home automation technology and handy around the house, you’re probably confident in your abilities to get the job done – even more so if you’re working on a tight budget.
However, before you decide to tackle this task on your own, you should consider some of the potential pitfalls and myths that surround this process.
Myth: Home Automation System Design Is Simple & Straightforward
You may have already decided which functions and systems you want to automate. Maybe you want whole-home audio, a smart TV, security and surveillance system, a smart thermostat and interior and exterior lighting controls. You may even have decided on some brands and components for your system.
But have you considered how they will all work together, or are you simply planning to have them all function as stand-alone controls? If so, you aren’t really installing a home automation system, are you?
A smart home system is called a system for a reason – the myriad functions must work together in harmony, sharing resources and not conflicting with each other. Designing a functional system requires an advanced understanding of electrical, mechanical, audio and related principles.
Myth: Installing Home Automation Components Is a Breeze
The chances are good that you haven’t actually considered the full scope of what’s required to install a smart home system.
Changing out a thermostat is fairly basic. But what about all the door and window contacts you’ll need for your security system, not to mention electronic door locks? What about running speakers to all the locations in your home where you want sound?
Contrary to what you might believe, all your components will not be wireless. In fact, most of your components will be hard-wired – or should be, unless you plan to spend your life charging components and replacing batteries.
Myth: Home Automation System Programming Is a No-Brainer
And now we’ve come to the biggest myth of all in the world of DIY home automation: programming.
If you’re still thinking from the stand-alone component perspective, consider this. Each of your components will require an app or remote control (or both). Are you prepared to juggle six or seven (or more) apps and remotes? Unless you’re prepared to design and install your system around a central controller – like Control 4, for example – that’s exactly what you’ll be doing.
At AVI Systems, we see the problems inherent in DIY home automation installation often, when a new customer comes to us in frustration. They invest their hard-earned money and hours of their time, only to discover that their components don’t work the way they expected or, in some cases, they don’t work at all.
You’re making an investment in your home, hoping to reduce your energy use and cost and improve your quality of life. For more than 20 years, we have helped our northern Utah clients get the results they want from their smart home systems. We will work closely with you to design a system that meets your needs as well as your budget. Call us today to learn more, before you decide to undertake a DIY home automation system installation yourself.