We’ve compiled a list of 5 home automation questions to ask yourself or a home automation professional before getting started with that home automation project.
What kind of home automation is right for me?
This is important to ask because it forms your whole approach to home automation and which equipment to invest in.
A professional can help you figure out what’s going to work best in your home once you know which part of your life you want to simplify, or add protection to.
While home automation can expand to all parts of your home, it is good to start with your most important features first. Whether that is lighting, energy savings, cooling, security systems, etc. You decide!
How do I get started, and will my current home support home automation?
There isn’t one way to start home auto that is better than the others. However, since it is a bit of an investment, most people start out with just a few things at a time and work their way up.
A few ideas to start with might be:
- A smart thermostat – control your heating and cooling remotely. Program the system to fit you schedule and help save energy and money.
- Lighting – Add smart switches to LED lightbulbs and save money on energy bill by controlling your electricity from anywhere in the house.
Most likely you can add a home automation project to your house even if it is an older home. Most home automation is wireless now, so the set up isn’t too complex—but a professional might be a safe bet if you want things to go smoothly or if you just aren’t that tech savvy.
How will home automation fit into my budget?
Home automation should help you to reduce your energy consumption, which means you could save money on your energy bills.
However, while home automation is a great investment that will eventually pay you back, there is still an upfront cost you’ll need to budget for. Ask a professional for an installation and savings estimate; they will be able to help you figure out how much you’ll save vs. how much it will cost to install and run your equipment.
Home automation itself should reduce your bills, not increase it.
How many current pieces of equipment will need to be replaced for a home automation integration?
This is a good question to consider when it comes to your budget and end goal. There is no specific number or requirement when it comes to replacing items in your home with automation tech.
You might want to replace several of the following as you invest in your home automation project:
- And more.
It is also a good idea to invest in home automation which will be able to grow with the technology as well as accommodate older technology such as DVDs.
Is the technology easy enough to understand?
No one is going to feel at home in a place they don’t understand. So, it’s important that you understand the technology.
Fortunately, home automation is very streamlined, wireless, and uncomplicated. It is also very intuitive with control pads and remotes—additionally you can work most everything from your own smartphone.
A home automation expert will be able to help you run your equipment with ease, and they’ll always be a phone call away to help you out with any issues that may arise.