Why DIY-ing Your Smart Home Isn't Clever November 28, 2023
Why DIY-ing Your Smart Home Isn't Clever
In the UK, there’s predicted to be approximately 34.8m smart home users by 2028. The idea of DIY-ing your own smart home might seem like an exciting project but be cautious! The proper installation and integration of smart home devices require a certain level of expertise, and technical knowledge. If you don’t understand the complexities, you might want to leave it to the professionals. The last thing you want is to create safety hazards or compromise on security. Also, the cost of fixing any issues that may arise might end up higher than hiring someone to help you out. But, if you’re insistent on doing it yourself, we’ve put together some advice to weigh up the pros and cons beforehand.
Here's some reasons you may want to re-think:
For a smart home to be set up correctly, technical expertise is going to be required. Without it, you may encounter issues during installation. Also, if something isn’t working quite right during this process, you’re going to need to know how to properly troubleshoot any system glitches. Not seeking professional assistance could leave you with a system that doesn’t work how you’d hoped.
Different devices from different brands might not be compatible with each other. A Smart thermostat from ‘Brand A’ might not communicate properly with a speaker from ‘Brand B'. This can be highly frustrating and lead to devices not functioning together properly at all. There may be additional devices you need to purchase or even a subscription service needed to make sure everything works in sync.
Longevity and support
A properly installed smart home system with a reputable company will ensure you’ve got access to regular maintenance and long-term support. You’re making a big investment at the end of the day, using a reputable installer will keep your system running smoothly. With smart tech advancing frequently, there may be regular updates to ensure your system stays current. You don’t want your system to become outdated, requiring costly upgrades.
Futureproofing your smart home is a must. You’ll need to be aware of any tech advancements to keep your system working. A professional will do this for you and ensure your tech remains functional. By keeping things up to date, you won’t need to overhaul your home automation system when newer and better technology becomes available. An example in the world of fast-evolving smart tech is that it’s only a matter of time before new and better features are launched.
DIY-ing your smart home could end up being a costly mistake. Without expert help, you’re risking putting together a subpar system, that doesn’t work efficiently. You may lose out on some of the benefits of your tech. Also, if some things are installed incorrectly, you may notice things like gas and electricity costing you more due to sensors and monitoring not working properly. With smart tech evolving constantly, not buying the correct devices in the first place can leave you needing to make costly replacements in future.
It was recently revealed that there are 14 attempted smart home cyber-attacks, every single hour. DIY-ing your smart home could leave you exposed to security risks. Smart homes are vulnerable to hacking, and a poorly installed system or unprotected device could open doors to unwanted intrusion. These breaches can lead to theft of personal data, access to bank accounts, and even physical assets. Hackers can exploit DIY smart home systems to remotely control devices, monitor activity and even potentially take over the entire network.
DIY-ing your smart home might be tempting, but there’s many reasons it might not be clever. When you’re investing money in your smart home, you don’t want to be running into security risks or potentially have a system that doesn’t work the way you want. Be ‘smart’ and seek advice or hire a professional to install your devices for you. You’ll be sure that your smart home is working efficiently and not putting yourself or your family at risk.
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