The idea of homes that we can interact with, program and monitor has been around for quite awhile. With the advent of wireless, bluetooth, RFID and the host of other networking technologies available we are beginning to see a flood of new home automation products appear on the market.

The best part of this new market is that if you are moderately handy or capable of doing some handy work around the house you can set it up and monitor it yourself without too much effort. In order to truly realize the capabilities and energy efficiencies of a smart home there are certain things you should consider before getting started.

Where you live, dry climate, humid, temperate etc…

What your budget is, not only what you can afford to spend on changes, but also what your highest utility costs are and where you might want to save some money.

What are your DIY strengths, plumbing, electrical, networking (internet, wireless, bluetooth)

and what is your overall objective? Are you interested in a Smart Home with Smart Appliances and systems that give you updates, keep track of your utilities, food, turn on TVs and stereos at certain times, touch screens that allow you to program lighting or interactive features around the house. Remote access via an app or the internet, security monitoring with cameras or just occupancy sensors, or any alarm features that you might want for peace of mind.

With all that in mind take a look around your house and start to put together an idea of what you want to accomplish in achieving your Smart Home ideas. Prioritize what you want to do first and whether or not you can do it yourself.

It’s pretty easy to get started doing things like replacing electrical plugs, or changing the locks on a door. Some things can be more complicated such as creating a home network, or programming a network bridge to communicate with all your devices. If you’re tech savvy it won’t take long at all to pick up on the things that need to be done in order to get started, but if wireless networking and security don’t come easily then be sure to look into how things are set up and how difficult they are to manage when choosing what systems might be right for your house. I’ll try to provide as much info as possible on future blogs.

For now Welcome to your future Smart Home.

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