November 29, 2019 5 min read

DIY Smart Home Tips Before We Get Started

The ranks of do-it-yourselfers seem to be growing, but not for every category. The Home Improvement Research Institute reports that two-thirds of projects are completely DIY today, with interior painting and landscaping leading the way for homeowners going it alone. Well, DIY smart home projects are more popular than that. The Internet of Things (IoT)unifies everything from lighting to full security systems. Once separate systems, many things in the home are now controllable from a smartphone.

Let’s take these beginners' tips with you before we get started to make sure we make our home more convenient to live in without spending lots of time or money. (get the complete introduction of smart home here)

Control the light using your phone

1. Identifyyour smart home goals

It’s good to have goals in life, for sure, and a big part of preparation is defining those goals. What are your home automation goals? 

  • Are you automating for novelty or functionality?

Be honest with yourself: Do you really want to automate your home and simplify your life, or are you more into tinkering with the latest and greatest technology? This is important for you to determine because it will affect how you search for devices.

  • Are you planning to do everything at once or a bit at a time?

If you want to make your home more convenient, where will you focus? Some of you may wish to purchase technology that helps automate common tasks, like turning on lights. Others might think about investing in smart technology that helps control larger features like their kitchen appliances so that you can amuse yourself and your guests with the touch of a button. You may want to begin thinking about it now.

There are several solutions you should consider

Speaker

Temperature Control

Lightning

Kitchen Technology

Front Door Security

 

  • One app to rule them all, or not

 

2. Choose smart home technology to match your needs

When it comes to choosing actual appliances and devices, it is often best to look at each category individually. Smart home technology takes many forms, so making a choice for each area is an excellent way to avoid becoming overwhelmed.

  • Reliable

The first we should concern since we set up for functionality for convenient for security. what to define a reliable smart home brand? This takes us to the next ones

  • Specialization

Like LG, one of the most well-known brands in the TV industry and one of the best TV brands. Honeywell, which is famous for its thermostat.

  • Aftersale services

A good after-sale service is crucial especially for the home appliance and devices, including the online guide, some may provide door to door service but charge higher, pay an online return visit and so on.

  • Don’t judge a product by its price

Find the right one is not easy, we can go to YouTube and search for the review before you buy it. Alternatives of the big brands you may not know but still work well, they are innovative and more visual appealing, like ZKTeco

 

3. Note on compatibility

You’re probably a little confused with this, so let’s clarify. A smart home protocol is like a language that certain smart home devices use to “talk” with one another. ZigBee, Z-Wave, and Bluetooth Smart are just a few examples. Some devices are compatible with multiple protocols, whereas others can only use a single one. To make things easier, some smart home devices were designed to work with WiFi, but these could often slow down a network if too many devices were running at once.

When no protocol clearly emerged as the industry standard, things began to change. Instead of trying to make customers choose protocols, tech companies asked them to choose platforms. There were four main platforms: Homekit (by Apple), Brillo (by Google), SmartThings (by Samsung), and Wink. The idea was that instead of researching protocols every time you went shopping, you could just buy a platform and look for devices that corresponded with it. For example, whereas Brillo allowed you to use the Nest Learning Thermostat.

 

4. Energy-saving/sustainable

We can also say the “eco-friendliness” smart home system which has a huge benefit of smart home technology that you might not think of is its ability to conserve energy. From keeping track of your energy use to decreasing it through automation, some devices can help you lower the amount of water and electricity you use, which in turn reduces your home’s environmental impact.

  • Save energy usage

A smart thermostat can help reduce energy usage by allowing you to program it based on your personal routine, so you can conserve energy when you’re not at home. That means no more heating or cooling an unoccupied space unnecessarily, and running up your bill in the process.

  • Save water usage

Installing a smart irrigation system can help you save water by automating watering based on weather conditions. You can adjust the schedule as the seasons change to ensure your plants still get the water they need, but your usage is still manageable.

  • Use the lights wisely

One of the biggest benefits of implementing smart lights is you never have to worry about being forgetful - you can simply turn off lights from a smartphone app, which is better for the planet and your wallet.

Investing in a smart dimmer allows you to simply adjust your lights based on the room and your preferences (and for special occasions, like a dinner party). Even when you set your dimmer to 80 percent, you most likely won’t notice a difference in the room, but you’ll definitely see a positive change to your energy bill.

 

5. Measure

How can you keep track of which smart home features are helping you save energy versus the ones that are using more of it? Setting goals and choosing compatible products are certainly important steps to take, but they aren’t the only things you need to do for a state of the art smart home. Choosing products that allow you to save time and energy is important, but you need to make sure you are using them properly. Do you remember how much usage of electricity and water per month? Take it out and make a comparison.

Take these DIY smart home tips before we get started, just be sure to choose products that fit in line with your priorities, and keep a close eye on the amount of energy they use. Youll find it easy to save money, reduce housework, and live in a more sustainable home. 

 

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