Do You Know the Dos and Don’ts of Smart Home Control?
What should you consider before connecting your home?
If you’re getting started with smart home control in your Suffolk, VA, home, you’ll need to know the most intelligent way to get started. Maybe you’ve even heard ill-advised tips from well-meaning people that just weren’t installation experts.
As seasoned industry professionals, we’d like to give you a few pointers before you head into the project -- as well as some pitfalls to avoid. Follow these basic dos and don’ts of smart home control so you can take your next automation step with confidence.
Do: Consider Your Smart Home an Investment
Just like the home you’ve built, chosen or designed with care, you should view your smart home technology as an investment in your future. WSC creates reliable, buildable home automation, with the added perk of ongoing support whenever you need us.
Consider all the ways that a smart home pays off in the long run: It takes your design to the next level; make you feel more secure; and even functions as assistive technology. Not to mention, a smart home can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and keep your home eco-friendly, while energy expenditure costs significantly.
Don’t these sound like attributes that might make your home look more desirable to prospective homebuyers, too? When you consider your smart home control an investment, you keep winning -- both in the short term and the long term.
Don’t: Forget About Your Network
If you have a large home, you need to consider a reliable and robust network connection. Remember, relying on your mobile phone connection is fine when streaming content via YouTube, but it gets more complicated when you’re controlling a group of devices. With lighting, temperature control, security, A/V and more – you will need them all to connect to the internet and each other.
What does this mean for you? Frankly, your router might not cut it anymore. Routers only cover a minimal amount of your home’s square footage -- around 1,500 square feet. That’s not nearly enough to cover your entire home. WSC Home Audio Video will reinforce your network by adding additional access points, wiring more devices or extending your coverage to outdoor spaces.
You also need to remember the security benefits of a strong network. Unsecured connections can endanger your data and assets, but WSC Home Audio Video also installs firewalls and guest networks to protect your home and identity from cyber attacks.
Do: Think About What You Need
When we see CES shows or read about cool gadgets while keeping up with our industry, we want to try everything for ourselves. Smart mirrors and self-driving cars? Sign us up!
However, this goes back to our point about investments. What do you need to enhance your home and elevate your everyday experience? Maybe you don’t enjoy watching TV and prefer a listening room to enjoy music while reading or creating artwork. Don’t feel pressured to do anything trendy within your home -- make it yours instead!
Don’t: Neglect Security Measures
It’s natural to feel as though your home has all the bells and whistles when you have a full entertainment suite and flashy automation features, but what the more practical side of smart home control?
Security features, such as surveillance, remote access, and video monitoring might not be as fun to show off to guests, but these systems work hard to protect your family. Let us synch your security devices to lighting, shades, and alarms to provide unparalleled security for your home.
Do: Talk to WSC Home Audio Video About Your Smart Home Control!
Want to bring more smart home control to your Virginia home? We can go through your personal list of dos and don’ts to install intelligent home systems that work within your residence. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation with our team. We’d love to hear from you!