Five Easy Steps to the Smart Home of Your Dreams
Building your smart home is easier than it has ever been. Almost any home can be converted, thanks to the wide range of appliances, devices and modern adaptive features.
All you need to do is choose the right components for your needs and have them installed.
Step 1: Boost Your Wi-Fi
Invest in a quality router plus extenders, and opt for one of your Internet services’s higher tier plans, for the best Wi-Fi signal you can get. A lot of your devices will rely on a good connection, so it makes sense to take this step first.
Step 2: Choose a Platform
Your devices need to work together, even when they come from different manufacturers, or have different purposes. Choose a platform that uses a reliable networking hub, along with apps that offer a centralized “brain,” to keep all of your devices communicating correctly. There are many different solutions out there, depending on how how many devices you want to attach and how technical you want to get.
Step 3: Change Out Fixtures
Wow. There are so many different fixtures that can be installed in your home, so this is where you start to customize and add in new features as you want them. First, start with changing out some standard fixtures, such as your outlets and light bulbs, and installing basic sensors around your home.
Next, opt for the smart things that make the most sense to you. You can have everything from a security camera to a plant sensor. Additional devices and appliances come on board all the time, such as the new smart crock pot that can be set using your mobile phone.
Step 4: Consider Climate Control
How much climate control do you want to have in your home. There are standard programmable thermostats, but the smartest ones can adjust based on outside conditions, humidity and whether or not they sense that someone is home.
Step 5: Automate
Teach your smart home how to do its job. Automated actions will free you up from micro managing the devices in your home. You can put your smart home devices and installations on a schedule or set triggers that allow everything to respond appropriately from input from sensors. For example, you can set your home to look for movement in the bedroom after 6 am, and use that as a trigger to get the coffee started.
While some smart home installations are easy enough for the average homeowner to complete, many turn to a professional smart home expert to design a whole plan, install whatever is needed and offer maintenance and technical support.
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