Turing your house into a smart, interconnected home has many benefits – it saves energy, which in turn saves money, provides enhanced security, saves time, and makes you more comfortable.
But let’s be honest, you are not going to throw out all your old devices and buy the latest smart tech in one go! And, thankfully, for your wallet, there are other simpler and more economical ways to make your home smart and get all the same benefits.
Here is a step-by-step guide to turning your current home into a smart one.
The first step is to understand WHY you want smart tech and what YOUR expectations are from this change. You need to sit down as a family and create a prioritized shortlist of your MUST- HAVE smart tech devices. For example, do you need better security devices, or are you looking to cut down on your heating bill?
Once you know what you want, it’s time to find out what is possible to install in your current home and how much would it all cost. A smart home consultation is a must as you get the services of a professional who is well versed with the entire spectrum of smart tech devices. He/she will assess your home, your needs, and budget to give you several recommendations.
With all the options laid out in front of you, now is the time to allocate a total budget and monthly spends, you want to invest in smart tech. Big-ticket items like TVs, HVAC units, or security systems are fairly expensive, and if you are looking to stack your home top-to-bottom with smart devices, then it would be a significant investment. Planning your budget, prioritizing your purchases, and organizing financing deals must be taken care of before you get started.
Keep a long term plan in mind, even if you are buying devices in bits and pieces. Here it would be most sensible to choose your assistant/hub first. The leading market players in the domain are Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple’s Siri. Your smart home consultation will explain the pros and cons of all the systems in detail. Once you pick a virtual assistant, it is time to invest in the main pieces of hardware – the first would be your primary home controller, and then other connected devices will stack up on top. Most first time buyers start with smart lighting or security systems.
Our advice: get professional help to know all your options, start slowly and buy the latest and most widely supported products.
Get in touch with a Mila Professional to get started!