Smart home technology has become a common feature in many of today’s homes. A growing field with tons of options-there is essentially a product for everyone. From lighting to temperature control and security, smart home technology products are developed to make every home system efficient and convenient.
Many homeowners wonder about converting their home into a smart home. How is this done? What does the installation process look like? The fact of the matter is, there are large, very complex systems as well as small, simple DIY systems and virtually everything in between. Smart home system installation depends on the complexity of the system and the desires of the homeowner. Let’s take a look at a few of the options.
The Big Guy- Full Home Automation System
The big guy is for the homeowner that is taking no shortcuts. They want the biggest, and best home technology the field has to offer and they want their entire house to reflect convenient high tech home systems. Because of the large nature and advanced technological concepts, these systems typically require installation by professionals.
The installation is based on the preferences of the homeowner and what systems they are seeking automation. Homeowners must choose between wired, wireless or phone line systems. Wired and phone line systems are obviously more labour-intensive as they require hardwiring the entire system. These systems are very difficult to install in existing homes and are most ideal for new construction.
Homeowners that choose wired systems typically do so because of the ability to carry more data more securely. In a hardwired system, a Home Automation Technician will come into the home, map out the system with the customer and install the system based on the choices. There are multiple different cables that will be run throughout the home and be connected to ensure the system works in each room of the house. The technician will then need to have the appropriate equipment to test the installation and ensure the cables are functioning. The wiring of the system is complex so the technician will label the wires to identify their purpose. The technician will install control panels at the end of the installation; these are the component and equal the system completion.
Wireless Smart Home Technology- DIY Home Automation Systems
Wireless smart home technology offers a much easier installation. While Home Automation Technicians are available to assist in setting up wireless systems, these are much simpler to install and can be completed by most tech-savvy homeowners. There are several different wireless smart home systems on the market. These are lower scale than a full home automation system but will meet the requirements of homeowners just looking to get their feet wet with smart home technology.
The installation of a wireless home automation systems involves a central control unit and the installation of the various device components in the desired locations. This can include detectors (either infrared or motion) which are placed in areas the homeowner is monitoring (windows, doors, lamps, electronic devices, etc.). The control unit works together with the sensors to identify issues. Most wireless smart home devices feature a remote power controller which allow the devices to be managed with remote control.
Independently Automated Systems- Piecemeal Home Automation
Independently automated systems are for the homeowner that is only interested in upgrading a few home systems. Piecemeal home automation is upgrading one home component, but not the others. This is the perfect option for homeowners upgrading their homes on a budget. These individuals want to integrate new technology into the home but aren’t able to purchase an entire system all at once.
A great first piece of home automation technology is Nest Learning Thermostat. This product is for the beginner, a homeowner who wants to start bringing more technology to the home systems. Independently automated systems, like Nest, are DIY installation and very user-friendly. They are designed for all homeowners to take advantage of, from the tech genius to the computer illiterate. Their simple installation does not require the assistance of a home automation technician.
The Long & Short
Smart home installation can be as simple or complex as the homeowner desires. With systems on each end of the spectrum; full home automation and piecemeal home automation, there are varying methods of installation. Large homes seeking full home automation systems will obviously have a more complex installation process than small homes seeking to automation specific systems with DIY technology. The beauty of home automation technology is the variety. There really is something available for every homeowner.