Learn Some Home Automation Tips to Make Life Easier
The sheer possibilities of home automation can be overwhelming, and it’s easy to find yourself uncertain if you have the right setup. Here are some home automation tips that will help you understand your system and make the most of it.
Preparation is key
Exciting as home automation is, you don’t necessarily want to rush into it. A good service provider will give you the option to make changes as you go along, but it’s definitely worth thinking about exactly what you need home automation to do. Carry a notebook and spend a week keeping a diary of all the little tasks you have to do around the house, even as small as turning lights on and off or changing the thermostat. At the end of the week, review the diary and look for tasks that could be automated. You’ll likely notice that even the ones that only take a minute or two really add up over the course of a week, and interrupt your flow.
Who’s in charge?
Before setting up home automation, think about the members of your family and exactly what level of control you want them to have. For example, you may want yourself and your partner to both have complete control of all features. You may instead want your children to access some features, such as unlocking the front door, but not others, like adjusting heating or switching off security sensors. Look for a provider and system that allows different types of access accounts, such as admin or user. Always review the full list of customizable settings as there may be some issues you hadn’t thought of, such as giving your teenager control over most devices but not allowing them to add other users.
Think long term
Write out a list of any changes to make to your home in the coming years, even if you aren’t sure you’ll get around to them. Check whether your home automation setup would allow for any necessary changes without too much hassle. For example, if you’re thinking about adding a conservatory or extension, you may need to install extra locked doors or relocate security cameras.
Replace and repair
Whether you’re going it alone or using a professional service to automate your home, ask yourself what happens if equipment breaks down. Unless you’re very confident with fixing or sourcing devices, bringing in the pros will often be the smarter choice. Ask providers about their policy for replacing and repairing any faulty or damaged equipment, and whether they can guarantee your system will be at full strength as quickly as possible.
A smart policy
Check with your insurer to see if you get any discounts on your premiums for using automated security. They may have specific requirements, such as footage being kept and reviewable for a certain period or alarms being automatically connected to a response center. Ask your provider if they can give you a certificate that’s recognized by your insurer to show the system is up to standard. Don’t forget to mention your new security system when you go to renew your policy and check for competitive quotes.
If you’d like more automation tips or have any questions, give the experts at Vivint a call today.