6 Tips for Creating a Smart Home

6 Tips for Creating a Smart Home

6 Smart Tips for Automating Your Home

1. Have a Strong Internet Connect

Smart home devices work through the Internet, and without a strong or steady connection, those devices can not run properly. Make sure you have internet access for your smart devices to connect to with ease. 

2. Map Out Your Smart Home

When building a smart home, you may want to only have one or two devices. However, it can grow quickly into a smart device ecosystem. The results are that you will have multiple devices controlled by multiple sources.

This can be hard to remember what you have set up unless you map out your smart home in the beginning. Before you buy your first smart product, consider the possibility of what types of devices you want and how they can be connected. Most smart devices are compatible together, but some are not. It’s important to choose brands that can work together in one central hub.

3. Get Used to Voice Control

You may have heard, “Hey Google,” or “Hey Alexa,” when someone is calling for their smart assistant. Voice control is a new trend that everyone has adapted to. Calling out to a speaker may feel strange, but using voice control and incorporating your smart speaker into your everyday life is the most common way to interact and control other smart devices. After a while, you may even enjoy using voice control.

4. Building a Foundation for Your Smart Home

  • Smart Lighting: For people interested in upgrading their home, lighting is a popular choice because many smart lighting systems work perfectly without a central hub but can still communicate with other smart home devices. For example, smart bulbs use WiFi and Bluetooth, or you can replace the regular switches on the wall with smart switches.
  • Smart Speakers: Imagine having the power to control your home just by using your voice. Having a smart speaker allows you to control your smart lighting, smart T.V., and have a voice assistant to keep track of your needs. Smart speakers are widely accepted by other smart home devices and serve as a central interaction point.
  • Smart Thermostats: This device can deliver both comfort, cost, and energy savings. The smart thermostat establishes a heating and cooling schedule based on the occupancy detected and the HVAC system operating when it’s needed. You can schedule and adjust the temperature from your device.
  • Home Security Cameras: More and more homeowners are installing home security cameras because they can watch over their home from both inside and outside. The benefits of installing security cameras are to discourage potential criminal activity and monitor your home while you are away. A smart doorbell is a popular option because it sends you alerts when it detects motion. You can view a live video from your device that also auto records and can be downloaded.
  • Smart Locks: This smart device only adds convenience to your life. You can control your smart lock remotely when it is connected to WiFi and keep your home secure if you forgot to lock the door or need to let a friend in while away. 
  • Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Every home has a smoke detector, but if no one is home to report, they don’t accomplish anything other than being loud. A smart detector will sound a local alarm and send an alert to your device. Some smart detectors are equipped with emergency lights that help you find your way out of a smoke-filled home. Smart detectors can notify you of daily reports and ensure safety.
  • Smart Irrigation: If you have a beautiful backyard and it’s hard to maintain, having smart irrigation can help your lawn and garden stay healthy. This smart home system controls and operates on programmed schedules and timers. It monitors weather, soil condition, evaporation, and plant water. With daily reports, it automatically adjusts the watering schedule to different conditions.

5. Get To Know How To Control Your Smart Home

Smart devices are connected to one central hub, however, connecting and learning how to use the many devices can be overwhelming at first. Become familiar with your smart home by exploring how to adjust the temperature, locking your door, or control lighting on your device. You can also practice voice command with the smart assistant. Having a good understanding of how your smart home works brings even more comfort and relaxation. 

6. Hire a Tech Company for Easy Installation and Maintenance

If you are considering how to build out your smart home, you should think about hiring a tech company to handle the installation work. Most smart home equipment is easy to do the work yourself; however, hiring a professional can handle the tedious work of installing thermostats, camera mounts, and smart locks that require specific tools and skills. Beyond the physical installation, there are struggles to successfully sync all your smart devices together. Lucky, Alltek Systems and Design can help you turn your home into a smart home. We are experienced in designing and installing smart devices into your home or commercial building. Our mission is to provide the best electronic systems solution and installations. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.