Smart homes, and especially smart thermostats, are receiving a lot of attention lately. Why wouldn’t you want to be able to monitor your home, your security systems, and your air conditioner and heater (which use up the bulk of your electricity bill) from wherever you are? Smart homes give you the power to know your home is safe and efficient and give you peace of mind.
You can find advertisements for these systems in magazines, television ads, and of course, online—along with some sets of instructions for how to set up your new smart thermostat or smart home hub. We’re here to tell you, though, that this is something that requires the help of an electrician.
The Parts of a Smart Home
For the complete smart home experience, you wouldn’t simply plug in a device and use it as normal. There are a few vital components you’ll need to hook up, some of which are wired into the home.
The Hub: Often, the smart home experience starts with a hub, which allows all of the smart devices in your home to link up so that you can control them from a central app. The hub may also have voice control, so you might keep multiple hubs around the house.
The Devices: Now there are the various devices you want to be able to monitor remotely or voice control when you’re at home. This includes:
- Smart thermostats
- Lightbulbs and lighting fixtures
- Garage door openers
- Locks on the front door
- Automatic leak detection sensors
- Motion sensors
- Security cameras
- And more
Your Smartphone: Your smartphone is the final piece of the puzzle—more specifically, the app used by your smart home hub. Open the app or receive notifications to monitor what devices are left on in your home, check and reset the temperature, see who has accessed your door locks, and much more.
Why It’s Not a DIY Job
You may be able to find a lot of information out there about setting up a smart home, but the best devices and hubs are wired into your home. This makes it easy to control all of the lights, switches, garage door openers, locks, and security cameras in your home. Wiring something into the wall is a job that should always be left to electricians—for your safety.
In addition, the devices you use must be compatible with your smart home hub, and a qualified electrician can make sure this is the case. Simply tell your electrician what you want from your smart home, and they can get you the products you’ll need.
You’ll get the most from your smart home if you have much more than a voice-activated smart hub. Sure, it’s a great party trick, but having an electrician set up your smart home so that it can turn on or dim the lights, close the garage door, check key lock passcodes, operate your home theater system, or keep your home nice and warm is the best way to use new smart technology to its full potential.