Why you should hire a professional to automate your home
More and more people are discovering home automation. With the explosion in popularity of devices like Amazon’s Alexa, making your home into a “smart” one seems like the next logical step.
However, for many people who try to do this themselves, they soon discover that it’s not as simple as they thought.
Home automation is a very complex and difficult task, and even if you are clued up on the latest technologies and systems, it’s very likely that you will waste your time, end up being frustrated and out of pocket.
Why you might think you can do it yourself
You don’t call an electrician to change a lightbulb, so why pay someone to do something you can do yourself? Whether it’s budget, pride, self-reliance or simply having a project to do, home DIY is something most of us have had a crack at.
Of course, for each of these tasks around the home, there’s a balancing act depending on your level of skills and knowledge. Okay, so you might be able to change a lightbulb, but what about a light fitting? Sure, you could give it a go, but when we’re talking about live voltage, things start getting dangerous, and it’s probably best to call a professional.
The same can be said when it comes to the technical side of things.
Many of us are computer savvy, but just because you know how to install a software update, doesn’t mean you can create a home network.
Even if you have a background in IT, or you are a keen able DIY enthusiast, home automation isn’t simple!
Home automation is definitely not DIY
Home DIY is usually something along the lines of “there’s a problem, this is how you fix it”.
If your garbage disposal isn’t working, there are plenty of videos online to help you. Physical problems are much, much different from digital problems, and just to make things more complicated, home automation is a mixture of both.
The different systems, interfaces, codes, brands and hardware involved in a smart home is mind-blowing. Trying to get everything to work together seamlessly isn’t something a layman can do, or even someone with IT experience. Turning your home into a smart home isn’t fixing something, it’s creating something, and that’s a whole new ball game.
What can go wrong
The main reason people think they can do it themselves when it comes to home automation is a fundamental misunderstanding of the devices we use.
Our modern phones, TVs, and even lights are all designed to be “wirelessly connected”. This makes people think that they will all work together because they are on the same wireless network - and that’s the pitfall of DIY home automation.
These devices may be designed to be wireless, yes, but they are not designed to work together.
And why would they?
Apple want you to buy their products, so why would they have them work effortlessly with Samsung products?
All these different brands and companies are vying for your business, and they want you to only buy their products. It’s in their interests for their speakers to only work with their televisions.
Getting everything in a smart home to work together takes special skill and experience, and that’s why it’s not a DIY job.
Why call the professionals to automate your home?
Let’s start with the obvious reason; you don’t know what you’re doing.
That’s not a criticism, it’s just a fact.
Home automation is a complex task, and you need years of experience to do the job properly.
Even if you know the latest software, hardware, and apps, and have the DIY skills to drills holes, attach brackets, and hide cables behind walls, you still haven’t lived in an automated home before, so you don’t even know what you’re missing.
You may think it’s cool that you can turn your lights on and off with your phone, but a professional would have it so you wouldn’t need to.
That’s the point of a smart home; it’s smart.
It knows when and where you need your lights on, and what level of brightness.
Only experienced professionals know the minutiae of what a smart home can and should do.
From positioning your speakers just right so you get the most out of your 3D surround sound, through to ease of interface for those in the family who aren’t tech savvy.
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While DIY is attractive for people who like to take on challenges themselves, home automation isn’t something you should try.
The end result, at best, will leave you with a less-than-smart home which doesn’t reach anywhere near its full potential, and at worst, will leave you frustrated, out of pocket, and having to call the professionals in anyway.
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