What was once a utopian fantasy has now become a reality! Smart Homes aren’t just a part of science fiction anymore; they’re all around us and increasing in numbers every day. Imagine a Television that also serves as wall art; an oven that is voice controlled; an alarm that can wake you up automatically at the right time by monitoring traffic conditions so you’re never late for the office! The future is here and it’s something everyone wants a piece of. There are some things, however, that you should consider before you decide to build your own smart home.
Install a brain first
Smartness begins with a brain – no matter whether it is human or computer. Without having a central system that can serve as an interface between the different devices, you’ll end up with a home that has a myriad of smart devices that aren’t able to communicate with each other properly – thus, you’ll only be able to utilize their potential partially. It is suggested that you should first install a central nervous system of sorts in your home.
Recently, with the emergence of voice command technologies like Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit or Samsung SmartThings, this problem has found a very viable solution. So make sure you have one of these or something similar before you start planning other things. Also, you should make sure that the smart devices that you buy are compatible with these technologies.
The key thing to remember is that you’re not building a smart home just for the purpose of showing off. Make sure that smart functions are easier access than their dumb counterparts. This is where cross compatibility comes into place.
If the smart devices can interact with each other and with the brain of your smart home, it’ll make your life a whole lot easier. You can then program simple voice commands to get things done. So make sure that whenever you install a new device, it augments your existing system and doesn’t complicate it. There’s no point owning a bunch of smart gadgets that only lead to confusion and chaos.
Cost effectiveness should be the foundation of your planning. Knowing how much you can spend is just as important as knowing what you want. A smart device is costlier than its dumber counterpart and for all the right reasons. If you want smart lights, you shouldn’t go ham and fit the entire house with smart lights – especially if you have budget restraints.
Many smart devices boast about being energy efficient but even if they are every bit as good at conserving energy as they claim, it would still take quite a significant amount of time before you get your money’s worth. So pick and choose areas of your house that you want automated and then proceed accordingly.
Safety and Security
This point relates to the previous one. If you want to spend money, you should know the right direction. Setting up a DIY security system isn’t rocket science and you can probably pull it off. But ask yourself this, can you create the same level of security layer that a security solutions agency can offer you? With everything being WiFi controlled, there’s always a risk of someone trying to snoop in and breach into your private affairs. Therefore, it is best to get in touch with an interior design consultant who knows about these things in depth. They can help you in this regard and help you set up your dream home.