Things to consider for your Smart Home Project | Z Wave India
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Thinking of leaping into the Smart Home revolution or buying some smart home products to try the smart life that everyone is talking about? That's great!. Here are a few things you should consider before making a purchase. Our experts have 20 plus years of experience in serving various customers and setting up thousands of smart homes worldwide. Here’s what they have to say,
The first thing to consider is who all will need access to your home. How many people would need access on a daily basis and how many would need access occasionally but often. Next is to think of access to a smartphone or a smart device for all these people. Can everyone control a tablet or smartphone is something you need to think before buying smart products? Can your grandparents, kids, maids, occasional cousins, and friends need access to control the products that you are thinking to buy, if yes, how would they get access? Does the product support access sharing? Is it secure enough? Answers to these questions would help you figure out what kind of products are the best fit for your Smart Home Project.
What all the appliances you want to control? What all the appliances you want to control are worth automating? Answer to the second question lies in how often you use these appliances? Do you want to control one, two, or more than 3 appliances per room? You should really sit down and make a list of all the things you want to control, this will help you decide what kind of system you would need to control all these devices.
How much complexity can you handle? Everybody has their own appetite for handling technical things. If you can’t troubleshoot your own laptop or PC then you are better off getting a system that is not complex, but fairly easy to be installed and maintained. Choosing a more complicated system would mean you would need an expert to install and troubleshoot every time something goes off. Think about how much time and money you can invest in the future to maintain this Smart Home Automation system you are thinking of buying.
Wired or Wireless -
Your smart home system can send data and communicate via a wired or wireless connection. Wired systems were popular because of their reliability and ability to cover large areas. However, these systems are expensive, complex, and high maintenance. Wireless systems have improved a lot in the last 10 years. Wireless home automation systems now have better coverage, low energy consumption rates, more reliable connections, and others. These systems are simple, cheaper, and easier to maintain.
Think of a budget. Think of an upper limit you want to spend on automating your home and then think of how you want to spend that money. Do you prefer buying a home automation system that has a one time cost? Or a system that has an ongoing billing ?. Consider variable costs and expenses like installation support, ongoing technical support, upgrades, and maintenance.