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Smart home automation systems: DIY vs. hiring a pro

The allure of a smart home is having technology that makes your living environment more intuitive and convenient. Home automation seamlessly integrates your compatible smart home devices onto one central network that you can control remotely. However, creating an interconnected network where all your devices communicate with one another and deliver functions as planned can be challenging.

Understanding Smart Home Setup Options

Many homeowners choose the do-it-yourself (DIY) route when it comes to smart home automation installation, but it takes time and effort to ensure efficiency and reliability. Those who prefer to leave it to the professionals may trade ease for higher costs, so it’s important to understand all the factors. Knowing what challenges you might face when installing your home automation system can help you decide whether it’s worth putting in the work yourself or hiring help. Here are some common problems you may encounter when creating an integrated smart home communication system and how you or a professional can solve for them.

Your smart devices aren’t compatible

If you're buying your smart devices one at a time or adding additional devices later, you may find that not all of them work together. While you can control most devices through their individual app, you’ll miss out on the full integrated experience. Luckily, a home automation hub can help with that. For example, the Cox Homelife hub comes equipped with compatible smart devices for easy and quick installation. Check with your local internet service provider to see if they can set up a full home automation system so you can control all your devices through a hub or singular app.  

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You can’t connect your devices to your home network

A fully-equipped smart home can easily overwhelm and slow down your internet connection. This can cause your devices to glitch or not work altogether. What’s the solution? Upgrade your router or your internet service to optimize your internet connection. A mesh network may also help provide consistent connectivity throughout your household. Contact your internet service provider to see how you can get the best results.

False alerts or too many alerts

One of the problems with smart home technology is receiving too many alerts. Devices such as motion sensors or security cameras can easily be triggered, causing them to send false notifications. If you don’t want to be alerted every time a cat runs past your front door, you can adjust the settings or have a professional test the sensitivity during installation.  

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Battery powered vs. professionally wired

Most DIY smart devices use batteries for easier installation, which means you’ll occasionally have to replace the batteries. To avoid that step, you can choose wired devices and hire a home automation company to professionally install them.

Your smart home is too hard to control

Relying on technology to control many aspects of your home can be frustrating. Some homeowners who like the appeal of a smart home and home automation systems may dislike the idea of having to do everything via an app. You can avoid this by choosing smart technology, such as locks and thermostats, that have physical controls. Some products can even be managed via a touchscreen control panel or TV. Be sure to ask your home automation company about these options.

Whether you choose to take on the task of installation yourself or hire professionals, creating an efficient and reliable smart home can take a bit of effort. Though once everything is up and running and you see the benefits firsthand, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.



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