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DIY Is Great . . . Until it Isn’t: Why DIY Home Automation Is Not a Good Idea

While once thought to be a thing of the future, home automation technology is more accessible than ever. Homeowners can now invest in a variety of devices that can do everything like intuitively adjusting your home’s thermostat based on your schedule. Indeed, smart technology can truly transform the way people interact with their homes. This is why it is unsurprising that more homeowners are choosing to invest in home automation.

However, many homeowners are choosing to attempt to do the entire thing DIY. While Do-It-Yourself (DIY) home projects can be a great way to save money, particularly on simple home maintenance and renovation tasks, DIY guides can make people think that certain projects are simpler than they are. Before long, many homeowners who venture into more complex DIY projects– such as DIY home automation– soon find that they are in over their heads. While DIY projects can be fun and exciting in some instances, here is a look at a few reasons why DIY home automation usually is not a good idea.

Your Devices May Not Be Compatible

The main point of a home automation system is that it is supposed to make it simple to control all of the devices and technology in your home by getting all of your technology to work together. However, unless you have experience with home automation projects, your DIY system may not be this cohesive. Unless you know what to look for, you may end up investing in devices that are not compatible with one another, making it difficult to control your home automation system. 

This is why people with DIY home automation systems often complain that their system is complicated to use, as they end up having multiple apps on their phones that control all of their smart systems. However, a company that specializes in home automation can help to ensure that your systems will work together, and will be easy to use, giving you the user-friendly smart home system that you were looking for. 

DIY Is Not Easy

With countless guides, TV shows, and websites dedicated to helping homeowners with DIY projects, this can lead people to believe that their DIY home automation project will be simple. However, this is not the case. The installation of home automation systems is usually best left to professionals due to how complex they can be. Often, it is not as simple as taking a device out of the box and plugging it in.

Installing these systems, and ensuring that they work properly, may require special wiring and complex setup in order to ensure that they work with your other devices. Rather than risk damaging your smart devices, or injuring yourself by working on your home’s wiring, it is usually safer (and simpler) to leave the installation of home automation systems to the professionals.

You May End Up With an Incomplete System

As we previously mentioned, it is not uncommon for homeowners to underestimate how difficult and time-consuming it can be to install a home automation system. Thusly, if you are like many homeowners, you may quickly find yourself running out of the time, energy, and motivation required to finish your home automation project. 

The fact is that after a busy day of work you likely will not want to spend hours trying to figure out how to set up your smart devices and make them communicate with one another. However, this can cause your home automation system to be incomplete, consisting of only a few devices in a few rooms. Alternatively, when you partner with a professional home automation company, they will work with you to find out what you are looking for in a home automation system, and they will work to ensure that this system is fully integrated into your home. 

Your Current Network May Not Be Enough

One of the biggest problems that homeowners encounter when adding a DIY home automation system is that they often forget to upgrade their home’s network. Smart technology works through a process known as the Internet of Things. This allows all of your home’s devices to communicate with each other using your internet connection. However, if you do not upgrade your network connection, it will be hard for all of these devices to work together as your network connection will slow down.

In fact, oftentimes when homeowners encounter issues with their DIY home automation system, it has nothing to do with the devices themselves; the reason the system is not working is usually due to problems with their home’s network. However, a professional installer of smart home automation systems understands the important role a good network connection plays in a smart home. As part of the process of installing your home automation system, a professional home automation company will work to strengthen and expand your home’s network. This ensures a fast and reliable connection throughout your home that will be able to support your home’s new smart capabilities.

It Can Be Difficult to Find Products to Meet Your Needs

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Using a smartphone to open a smart lock on a front door.

While you may have a general idea of what you want your home automation system to be able to do, you may not know what devices you need. With so many products on the market, it can be difficult to know what to choose to meet the specific needs of your household. This is where it can be extremely beneficial to work with a smart home installation company, as they will have the experience to determine what automation systems you will need based on your preferences and the design and layout of your home. They can use their industry experience to help pick and install the best home automation products to meet the needs of you and your family.

You Won’t Have Support

Of course, one of the most frustrating parts of DIY home automation for many homeowners is that there is a lack of support. Not only can home automation systems be difficult to install, but they can also be complicated to use in the beginning, particularly if your devices are not properly integrated and connected. However, when you work with a professional installer, not only will your system be more streamlined and easy to use, but they will also give you a tutorial on how to use and troubleshoot your new smart home features once they are installed. Additionally, professional home automation systems also come with technical support should you encounter any issues down-the-road.

Learn More About DIY Home Automation

While DIY can be great for some projects, when it comes to the installation of a home automation systems it is best to work with a professional installation company in order to ensure that your smart home features work properly. Contact us to learn about our home automation services and the ways in which we can transform your home.