A TRUE SMART HOME ENVIRONMENT
In a DIY smart home, smart devices are convenient on their own but aren’t connected to each other. That means you access different apps and programs for each device, which is inconvenient and time consuming. That’s not smart at all!
With a true smart home solution, you can take advantage of scenes that do this at the press of a button. Imagine at the front door, a ‘welcome’ button turns on the lights, raises the temperature, and pulls up your favorite talk show on the TV in the family room. A ‘cook’ button in the kitchen automatically raises the lights to 90%, and your favorite playlist begins on the overhead speakers. At night, you push the ‘goodnight’ button in the Master Bedroom, which locks the garage door and exterior doors, turns off all the lights and TVs and sets the alarm.
A UNIFIED CONTROL PLATFORM
Creating an easy-to-use control platform is one of the biggest challenges of DIY smart home installations. Sure, you can buy a Nest Camera, Ring Doorbell, Apple Home, Sonos Speakers, etc. But many smart home devices don’t play well together, so you end up with a disjointed system that is clunky and awkward to use.
Home automation solutions are a lot more than just a few devices strung together. Accurate Communication Services Inc can unify these devices together under one umbrella, enabling you to manage from one platform via device of your choice (smartphone app, remote, keypad, or touchpad). With expertly designed user interfaces, it’s easy to do what you want within a matter of seconds, without having to switch between apps.
WIRED VS WIRELESS
Another common problem DIYers run into is their network. Smart devices function by communicating with each other and the cloud. But if you overload the network with too many devices—speakers, TVs, thermostats, lights, and more—it can bog down the network and nothing will function as it should.
We often see major problems with customers who rely too much on wireless. Dont get us wrong, wireless is awesome! Who wants cables when you don’t need them? However, devices will always work better when connected via Ethernet cables. The Wi-Fi network is the one most prone to bearing too heavy a burden.
A professional knows the best ways to strengthen your network—which you can explore more in the blog linked at the top of this page—and helps you decide when to use wireless components or features.
WHAT IS YOUR TIME WORTH?
Of course, the biggest pitfall of a DIY smart home installation is the time investment. To get the most out of your home automation solution, you’ll have to learn about networking, speaker calibration, lighting design and more. Often, you won’t even know you needed to have specific expertise until it’s too late.
So why not save the time and hassle and let a professional take care of the work? And with Control4’s ‘When/Then’ customization features, you’ll still have a lot of opportunities to play around with your system and customize it to your unique needs.
Want us to help you upgrade your home with the latest smart devices? Call us at 323-334-8988, fill out our online contact form.