Smart Home Automation: Why Work With an Integrator?
Considering DIY? Make Sure You Know All of the Facts First
Technology is changing at a rapid pace, and with that change comes increased fluency with technological advancements. Today, devices like NEST and Sonos put complex smart technology right in the palm of your hand, and empower you to do more with your available time. So when you’re considering a smart home automation upgrade, more and more homeowners are turning to DIY solutions – only to find out that it’s more complicated than it looks. In this blog, we’ll give you a few solid reasons why it’s a smart idea to work with a professional smart home integrator.
- What Technology Works Best?
One of the most common questions we receive from homeowners new to smart technology is “what works best?” The question can refer to everything from an audio system to a thermostat and beyond. The answer is simple: there isn’t one. While some manufacturers may produce devices that are superior to others, most of the time it’s the combination of tech in your smart home system – as well as how you plan to use it – that makes all of the difference.
- Where Do the Wires Go?
Remember when your parents got their first DVD player and you had to spend the afternoon plugging it in and setting it up? As soon as you pulled the theater cabinet away from the wall you were met with a mess of wires. Just figuring out what went where was a hassle! Well, consider that a whole home smart automation system doesn’t just have one wire, but potentially tons of them. Professional integrators can help organize your technology so you never have to look at ugly wires.
- You know tech, but do you know construction?
One key element of smart home technology installation is the construction involved. This could be simple, like adding some spackle or drywall to an area you’ve opened up for running wires. It could also be complicated, like digging up your entire yard and running fiber-optic cables from the main house to a satellite building. The bottom line: you’ll need some help. While most integrators are capable of dealing with minor issues like sealing up some drywall, some projects – like a home theater installation – can require more heavy lifting. When those cases arise, your integrator can contact trusted partners and facilitate the relationship between you and any other service provider if necessary.
- A Smart Home Is a Full Time Job.
Think your system is a one-and-done deal? Think again: you have to keep your eye on it to make sure there are no small problems that become bigger down the line. Many quality professional integrators offer full time monitoring of your smart home system so you can rest assured you won’t be left high and dry when there are any problems on the horizon. Are you ready to work with a professional smart home automation integrator like Liaison Homes? Contact us today for more info!