Creating your own smart home is a huge undertaking, whether you’re building your home from scratch or retro-fitting a complete smart home. Once it’s all finished you’ll reap the great benefits this innovative technology can bring. But before you get started, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re not making any of these seven mistakes when building your smart home.
- Thinking about your smart home system as separate from the rest of your build
Don’t think about a smart home as an additional feature, but as part of the fabric of your building. What do you want it to do for you? Think about the way you want your home to ultimately work. Then let us work with your build team of architects, interior designers, M&E consultants, electricians, plumbers, cabinet makers, shading and security consultants to ensure complete integration.
- Assuming that one size fits all
Who are the users in your home and what are the needs of each individual? If you have children that watch content on their handheld devices then you need to ensure that there is seamless Wi-Fi coverage throughout the house (and for the adults). Do you watch different TV programmes in different rooms? Then we need to ensure that you have the right level of video distribution. Do you have technophobes that like to keep it simple? We can design a control page especially for them with just the buttons that they require, right down to their most-watched TV channel. Conversely, if you live with technophiles, our controls are designed to give them the freedom to have additional setting control. Do you need individual rooms set to different temperatures, for example?
Do you have parents, cleaners, dog walkers that visit regularly at the same time each week? We can create their own entry code set to a specific window of time. It is important that you think about the end result of your home and how you all use the space, and then work backwards with us to achieve it.
- Being unrealistic about what you want and need
It’s easy to be swept away by all sorts of fancy features, but don’t be sucked in! When you’re researching, you might come across some technology that impresses you, but that you’ll never use. Make sure you consider the difference.
- Thinking only about inside your house
Garden lights and speakers could be great for your next party, and there’s plenty you could do to make your other buildings smarter – like garages and summer houses. Why not make your property smart both inside and out?
- Letting fears of the technology failing put you off
We work with the leading manufacturer in smart home technology. The products that we use are tried and tested and our team are CEDIA certified professionals. Much like you would take out a car servicing agreement, we offer a concierge support service which offers remote monitoring. Often we will be notified of any failures before you are and 95%of the time we can resolve them remotely. Our services also support callouts, software upgrades and hardware swap-outs.
- Only catering for the here and now
A home can last many years, so your smart home should, too! It’s definitely a mistake to not consider what happens when you want to upgrade your technology in the future. If you want to install a better television, different speakers or more lights, will your smart home network and cabling be able to accommodate it? To ensure a solid networked infrastructure, make sure that there is very good coverage of Wi-Fi. As with almost any design, ensure there is some element of future-proofing built in. Alongside this, plan for more than just sufficient data cables so that there is room for future coverage.
- Not using a professional and reliable smart home company
For your smart home installation to run smoothly, you need a smart home company you can rely on. The team of experts at IndigoZest can offer advice, help you design your smart home, install the technology you need, and monitor and maintain your home network so you don’t need to worry about a thing. We’ll ensure your smart home installation runs smoothly from start to finish – and beyond! Call us on 01923 88 39 79 or contact us online to discuss creating your dream home.