At AVI Systems, we’re proud to offer a variety of home automation and smart home services to a wide range of clients. Whether you’re a first-timer to the smart home theme or someone who has been utilizing this technology for years, we have all the systems and programs you could need to set up the perfect format.

For those taking part in this process for the first time, we’re always on hand to help with any areas that seem overwhelming or confusing. Down these lines, let’s go over a few of the initial planning steps you’ll generally be taking when you’re getting ready to install your first smart home system, including those our team will be happy to help with.

Choosing Your Digital Assistant

In many cases, one of the first steps here will be choosing both your digital assistant and your smart home hub. These serve as the central connection method for all areas included in the smart home, with the digital assistant allowing you to implement basic commands as needed.

There are a number of popular digital assistants on the market today, several of which you’ve surely heard of – Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant are the most common, each with their own properties. Many consider Alexa the most universal product, but those with Apple products throughout the home often prefer Siri. Our team will be thrilled to help you decide on the proper format here.

Internet Speed

Another important planning area to think about during this period is your internet connection, especially if you plan to install several web-based smart home technology items. The more such technology is present, the more speed will be required to ensure everything works without major lags.

Run a basic speed test, available online, to determine where your connection is. Our team will explain the general base requirements for any systems you’re installing.

Choices Based on Need

As you’re going through our vast array of smart home products, make your choices based on the true needs you have first and foremost. If security is your primary concern, look to these areas before others. If automation is your primary goal, on the other hand, think about smart thermostat options and other related choices. Once you’ve finalized all your primary needs, you can use any remaining budget on personal desires.

Renting Considerations

A brief note here for anyone living in a rented apartment or home and looking to make smart home upgrades: For starters, you must review your lease and any HOA or community documents that might restrict the sort of technology you can install. We also highly recommend calling your landlord or property manager to confirm that smart home installations are allowed and learn about any areas that are off-limits.

For more on the proper planning steps before installing a smart home system, or to learn about any of our home automation, hi-fidelity audio or other services, speak to the staff at AVI Systems today.