Why DIY isn’t so Easy for Home Automation
“Do-It-Yourself” work can be great, especially if you aren’t looking to spend money to hire a professional to do the job for you. However, sometimes DIY just isn’t reliable and there are plenty of things that can go wrong. Below are some of the best reasons to stay away from DIY when it comes to home automation and why you should just hire a professional.
Adjusting to the Interface
It takes experience to be able to understand technology and this is especially true for a smart home. Whether it be your TV remote or your shower, it can be hard to understand how to work it at first. New users struggle with figuring out how automated home systems work, they are complex and take more than a singular screen to run.
There are various control systems such as remotes, switches, locks, shades and doors, etc., which all need to run together in perfect unison. Without an understanding of the interface, this presents a massive challenge to figuring out how to install the necessary equipment yourself. Automated-homes present a difficult challenge to new users since they use some of the most complex systems, which are only simple for the person who made them to use.
After managing to install every component after frustrating ordeals, you would be the only one to understand the system since you built it. Any family member or guest would have a different experience, which can cause them frustration not being able to understand the system at first glance.
Professionals are able to provide a better interface experience for users because they design the interface to be accessible to all demographics. They are able to create such a simple interface because they have both experience and education on user design and user interfaces. Having a simple interface means that just about anyone can use it without the frustration.
Integrating Devices Together into One System
Technology has a hard time working together as it is now - the hassle of getting various lights, doors, shades and other automated accessories to work together is possibly the most difficult part of created an automated home. After installing lights and other appliances you have to use several apps to use all of them. It is annoying to have multiple apps for every device you implement into your home, especially when they don’t do anything too complex.
Automated cameras like Ring, colorful lights and automated thermostats like Nest are all fantastic tools to help manage your house easier, but they aren’t able to work together. Each product has its own app, which adds up on your storage space.
Imagine getting home from a long day, at which point your home sets the room temperature, lights and atmosphere to your perfect comfort. After relaxing for a while the timer you set for bed starts to turn off all the lights and your room’s temperature is perfect for a great night’s sleep.
The integration of the devices puts everything in one convenient place so you don’t have to worry about so many unique and confusing interfaces. Smart homes create integrated interfaces that cut down on the time for having to manually set everything to your liking, they can be programmed to your specifications and activated with the press of a button.
By connecting system using a layer to control them provides easier access to every system that single apps cannot provide. Professionals are able to program the master system to control every system to the homeowner’s liking. Using different apps is an annoyance at best, even for someone who has used each app and is comfortable with them, it's just better for everyone that every system is connected.
The DIY Problem
DIY presents many problems that come along with cheap solutions. Often people don’t go through the full effort a professional may do, with cuts down on their time. Automated homes need time and effort put in to them so they are as easy to use as possible. Saving money can be a great thing for homeowners, which is why DIY is so effective at times. Easy tasks are great for DIY projects or tasks, but for larger scale operations it takes more than a couple of YouTube tutorials.
Home automation requires a lot of knowledge and skill even to operate interfaces, which becomes increasingly difficult when trying to learn how to integrate everything together in working order. It takes time to earn the experience and education needed to created an automated home, you just can’t cut corners on the amount of effort it takes. Professionals know what the best parts required for the job are, how to install them and make it all work. They have experience so they know why the system may not be working.
When you implement these systems alone they are often wireless using the WiFi network, which works for singular devices, which cause problems when you start using multiple systems. You may think wireless is the best route to go as cables are often painful to wire, and can get expensive. While cables are sometimes a bit messy for DIY, professionals know how to make them invisible. Cables also prevent your WiFi from slowing down from the various connections from smart devices.
There are only so many devices that can be connected to a network. Think about it like a road, which gets more and more clogged the more cars are taking up spots on a lane. Cables are like lanes that get you there faster, without clogging the main roads. Cables cut the wireless connection and don’t slow down when the WiFi is being overloaded.
While wireless does cut the cost of having to install cables, the amount of stress and frustration the slowed down network is worth spending the money to get it wired. Imagine having to deal with your slow connection while your friends and family are over, they would be less than impressed having to watch you fixing an issue that may not be solved until all of their devices are gone.
Improving your home can be stressful, which is why it needs to be perfect the first time. Having to redo something in your home because of a simple fix is stressful to say the least. Automating your home is never perfect the first time, it takes a lot of troubleshooting to get everything in working order. Professionals have been through it more times than they can count and know how to troubleshoot a problem and how to eliminate it. It is almost impossible for a DIY job to be done right the first time without any proper background experience and care.
Your Dream isn’t Always What it Seems
Often in DIY situations you may not know how to configure a system, while you may think to look up a tutorial, it takes more than learning from a 5-minute video to understand a system as complex as a Smart Home. Unless you’ve experienced and worked with a Smart Home first hand for years, it can be difficult to understand what you may want the system to do.
Many individuals like to imagine as automating each of their lights to turn on around them. What they may not understand it that it really isn’t that different from the manual switches already installed on your home. Instead of having individual lights, people prefer that lights illuminate the current area they are inhabiting. Having your kitchen and living room lit together provide a safer looking environment rather than individual lights that can be quite bothersome when turning on and off every time you walk by.
Professionals know how to set up each area to certain specifications, filling a purpose. Brighter lights for tasks such as cooking and cleaning allow for the user to continue their task without the annoyance of changing lights. Areas are much better for automation because they light everything in an individual’s sight vicinity, making them feel much more comfortable.
Why Professionals are Professionals
DIY presents some problems regular people may not understand, professionals have been trained for situations where DIY cannot save all the work you do.
Professionals love what they do, it’s why they are so driven to learn more about their profession. They have many experiences that they use to work on every new project. They can give you insight on their practices and how they operate. It’s cheaper to ask questions than to ask for help later on when your DIY system may not work.