When I started this blog I thought that someday I might put together a list of the smart home automation tips. You know, make it an all-inclusive guide. Well, that day is here and that’s what this article is all about.
This is a great list for anyone beginner or expert. Hopefully, you find something you can take away with you and I hope it helps you out.
1. Strong Reliable Network
If you have a strong and reliable network, whether it is wireless or wired then you will never be left wondering why your Philips Hue lights aren’t working when you ask Alexa to turn them off at the end of the day. You may want to consider picking up a Mesh Network router set up to strengthen your wifi if all else fails. In fact, I’d strongly recommend it.
2. Watch Your Batteries
Be aware of the different types of batteries you may need when it comes time to replace them. In some of your battery-operated smart devices. You will find not all battery-powered smart devices use the same type of batteries. Some are long and cylinder as the AA, AAA, or CR123 and others may require are a flat type of battery that is found in watches, like the CR2032.
3. Check For Neutral Wires
If you are thinking about adding smart home light switches into your lighting array. Check to make sure you have a neutral wire behind that wallplate. When in doubt, you should hire an electrician to find out if you have neutral wires. When you need them, electricians can pull up neutral wires wherever you need them.
4. Know What You Want
Decide up front whether you want a truly smart home or just remote control capability with some basic automation. This will save you time and money in the long run. If you don’t want to truly automate your house then you won’t need to buy a smart home hub or any of the extras.
5. Position Your Echo Correctly
A lot of people incorrectly place their Amazon Echo. Due to that, they might find themselves yelling at Alexa when they really don’t need to. Mount your Echo Dot on the wall with a wall mount. You’ll find that you have much better luck.