Smart homes are definitely where the future is headed. And the smart home technology we have today is already very impressive so it’s exciting to consider what kind of possibilities lie ahead of us.
With something as advanced and intelligent as smart home technology, one might assume that home automation installation is too difficult to do on your own and requires expensive professional installation.
While there are certain devices that might be a little more complicated, most home automation devices are specifically designed to be user friendly and easy to install on your own, without expensive professional help.
DIY Home Automation Installation
In most cases, people buy smart home device on a sort of piece by piece basis. You might start by getting a smart surveillance camera or a smart home theater system. The installation and setup for these things is usually quite simple since it doesn’t require any complicated steps.
So it’s usually a matter of completing the following general steps:
- Either plug it in or put in the correct batteries.
- Place it in the location you want it to be or mount it on your wall. In the case of mounting, this might require screwing it into place.
- Turn it on and connect it to your central home automation controller.
- Install the app on your smartphone or tablet (unless your home automation controller uses an app that lets you command all your devices from that one app).
- Set any programming or automation preferences.
As you can see, it’s generally pretty simple. In some cases, minor wiring might be involved as with installing smart light switches. But manufacturers usually try to make this as simple as possible and provide very clear instructions.
So as a general rule, you can assume that you’ll be able to install and set up most of your smart devices yourself.
When to Call in the Professionals
While you can generally do it yourself, there are some cases when you might need to pay for professional installation—unless you are confident in your abilities to handle advanced installation and setup processes. Some examples include:
- Comprehensive and thoroughly integrated smart home systems that require complex rewiring or installation procedures. This is usually only the case if you are purchasing an expensive complete smart home system.
- Devices that use complex languages that aren’t easy to understand unless you are an expert.
Basically, home automation installation can be done totally DIY unless you are getting into really complicated setups that require electrical wiring and complex integration. In these cases, save yourself the headache and the risk of messing it all up by calling in professionals.