Just because your home doesn’t have automated services doesn’t mean they can’t be installed. It’s actually easy to retro-fit an existing home, as most home features are designed to fit into existing homes. It’s just going to be a matter of being prepared, because an existing home retrofit does require a bit of DIY.
Make a List of Your Features
Most home automation retrofits are modular in nature. Before you get started, you need to identify the features that are most important to you. Features may include:
- Smart lighting. Lighting can be controlled from your phone or other device, and can be set to specific colors and brightness levels.
- Smart sound systems. Similarly, sound systems can be controlled from your phone, in terms of audio volume and location.
- Smart entertainment. Video can follow you from television to television in your home, and your entire home can be networked to connect to different consoles, streaming services, and entertainment servers.
- Smart thermostats. Thermostat systems can be designed to automatically adjust the temperature of your home, both to improve your comfort and save on your energy costs. Advancements are being made in smart thermostats every day.
- Smart security. Security systems can be designed to automatically lock your doors, turn on motion detectors, and turn on cameras as needed.
These are only a few of the smart security features available, as their number is always growing.
Consider a Consolidated System
Once you know which features you want, you can look for a smart home system that has all of those features. There are two primary ways to create a smart home: you can get a hub and get each feature individually, or you can purchase a single set of all of the features that you desire for your home.
A consolidated system is usually easier to use, but might have additional features or may lack a few things that you want. Consolidated systems are often more expensive but easier to setup, because they’re already configured to operate together.
Start With the Hub
If you’re not going to get a consolidated system, you’ll need a hub. A hub is a separate device that you purchase that can be used to integrate other pieces of technology. One of the most common hubs available is the Amazon Echo. There’s also the Google Home, and a number of other devices.
These devices are programmed to control other smart features within your home. But you do need to find systems that are compatible with them.
Don’t Forget Security
One of the best features to automate is the security system. For instance, the SMART Connect Security app makes it easier for parents to protect their children and their home.
Parents can be alerted via push notification, text message or email when an alarm goes off, or even when a certain code is used to disarm the system. Since separate codes can be programmed into the system and assigned to different users, the app can be used to monitor a family member’s arrival. Know when your child is home safe!
Many hubs can have integrated security, but if security is a priority to you, you may want to go with a security company. Many security companies now offer other advanced smart home features, such as the ability to control thermostats, lights, and other things within the home.
Are you interested in the process of home automation? Do you want to improve the security of your home? You can get started today with a quote from Protect America.