Common Smart Home Mistakes to Avoid

Common Smart Home Mistakes to Avoid

Written By

Renee Sylvestre-Williams

Having a smart home provides security, while saving money and time. While the overall idea of a smart home is great, there are some mistakes homeowners make when setting up home automation.

Failing to plan

We have the option to buy a product immediately, but when planning home automation, it’s important to practice patience. You should make a list, observe, plan and then shop. Your list should answer basic questions regarding what you need, where you need it and how it’ll help the home. This is important because you don’t have to buy everything immediately. The beauty of home automation is that items can be added as needed.

Missing what you need

The question, “How do we use our home?” is important when preparing your home for automation. Taking the time to see how you and your family use the home will help you understand where to put cameras, where automated lights make sense and what kind of front door security works for your family. Once you map it out, only then should you consider shopping.

Buying the newest fad gadget

Woman looking at her smart phone

Smart technology is exploding in popularity thanks to the growing presence of the Internet of Things, which means new tech is popping up all the time. However, the first generation of technology usually means bugs. Don’t rush to buy the prettiest thing on the market. Do your research and wait for the new products to be tested and reviewed.

Doing it all yourself

Some home automation products are made for DIY. You just plug it in, connect your appliances and you’re done. Some products do need the professional touch, especially when integrating ventilation, heating and cooling in the home. Not only that, spending the initial dollars means better planning for when you add to your system.

Skipping out on integration

For true smart home technology success, try to stick with brands that work together. For example, Vivint home automated products — like the Element Thermostat — work well with Amazon’s Echo. Don’t get seduced by shiny products that don’t collaborate effectively. Look into special features and buy smart.

Patience is key to developing a home automation system that’s uniquely tailored to your home’s and family’s needs. By taking time to plan and research, you’ll have a smart home that works for you.

Contact Vivint today to learn more about home automation.