WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR HOME AUTOMATION MANUFACTURER
The ability to manage your home’s electronic systems from one main control system can make your household activities run smoother, feel better and save energy at the same time. But choosing the right home automation system takes time and research as it has to meet all of your personalized demands, now and in the future. Here are few key points that can look into while choosing a home automation manufacturer.
There are a number of different ways you can interact the electronic systems in your home, for instance: by pressing the buttons on the smart remote or wall-mounted keypad, by selecting icons on a portable touch-paneled smart remote or by sliding your finger across your other smart devices. Depending on your family dynamic, budget and preferences, you might like to utilize a variety of different controllers, so make sure the automation manufacturer offers a wide selection of user interfaces.
You already know a smart home is one that is automated to remotely and conveniently control your appliances from anywhere, amongst other sophisticated features. Home entertainment devices can be configured with your smart home system, making them easy to control via your smartphone or the smart remote. Whether you are lying in bed or sitting on your couch, control your entire entertainment system or use voice commands with smart home devices.
Upgrading your space with smart home automation systems is a long term investment for a better lifestyle in and around your home for decades to come. Good, recommended systems need high quality components for best performance and cutting corners will later lack in it's flawless functionality. Choosing the right brands of system is a vital process as newer systems from new brands may not be time-tested and you will run into unforeseen technical issues in the future. Like brands, choosing the right installation company is important as some amateurs may not follow standard protocols like KNX or DALI during their installation processes.
NUMBER OF DEVICES SUPPORTED
All smart devices that can be controlled via a wifi connection can be added as an additional device that can be integrated under the entire web of your smart home. A strong internet connection is recommended. The possibilities are endless.
Good home automation manufacturers go above and beyond to create a strong dealer network, by offering continual education and training and supporting multiple dealers in a single geographic area. For consumers, having more than one dealer to choose from is important. When more than one dealer carries a particular product in your area, pricing is more competitive and should one dealer go out of business, there’s someone else you can call to pick up the pieces. For your convenience if your initial dealer closing up shop, demand that he provide access to your project file and the contact details for an OEM service personnel.
One of the biggest abilities of an automation system is to interconnect different electronic devices together so they can perform as one unified system. Getting these devices to work I harmony with each other can be simple, depending on how open the automation system is. The more open a system is, the easier it will be for the lights, thermostats, A/V equipment, security devices, motorized shades and other electronics to communicate with each other. To support interoperability between multiple electronic devices, manufacturers of home automation systems often form connectivity partnerships with other manufacturers. Interconnectivity can range from a wide variety of other systems—from architectural lighting and irrigation, to multi-room audio and so on.
Automation is all about being able to control things in your home and a part of that is being able to change the settings quickly and easily if your plans change. More often than not, plans change when you’re not at home, so being able to communicate those changes to your home automation system remotely is one of the most revered features of an automation system. Remote access capabilities allow you to monitor your home’s environment and alter the settings of the lights, thermostats and other gear if necessary all from your laptop, smartphone or other smart devices. Remote access also allows your installer to tweak your system without having to make a house call, which is always more convenient.
Software is the driving force of an automation system. The more sophisticated that software is, the more the system can do. As technology changes, so must the software. Before you buy any system, be sure the manufacturer will be able to unlock and download software updates automatically. Technology will continue to evolve, introducing a completely new generation of products to the marketplace. In the future, you may also want to add new rooms. For these reasons, it’s important that a home automation system can be easily expanded vertically to incorporate additional products and horizontally to support additional rooms and devices.
WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU
This goes both for the installer and the manufacturer. Automation is only beneficial and practical if it fits the customer's lifestyle. Since everyone’s lifestyle is different, the manufacturer should provide its installers with the tools to customize the system to your specific needs. System that force you to modify the way you live are not truly custom. If there’s something that you want your system to do and your installer says it’s impossible, either he or the manufacturer has failed you. Keep looking.