Getting Started in DIY Automation

In the past two decades, home automation has become a larger field, no longer the realm of science fiction, it now exists in the realm of science fact. The technology and the innovation of home automation increases exponentially with each passing year.

The idea that doors open automatically; or the lights went off or came without human interaction has mesmerized the public to invest in this field. Newer security systems that allow users to watch and protect property and loved one from anywhere in the world speak to the level of modern home automation technology. Today with gadgets like Google Home, robots vacuum cleaners and entertainment centers that are out of this world, there is little doubt that home automation is here to stay.

Until recently, home automation was largely left to the professional companies. Companies that specialized in installing home entertainment centers, security systems and other levels of home automation to achieve the results of the ‘smart house’.

However, that is not an entertaining prospect to the growing DIY crowd in the home improvement field.

Thankfully, with advances in plug and play devices and software, the DIYer can set the level and pace that they achieve the smart home of their dreams. With a small investment of time, effort and cash even the least tech savvy DIYer can reap the rewards of DIY automation.

The first step is simple: Research, more research, and even more research.

The next step is deciding the level of automation and focus.

When you’re just getting started in DIY automation you need to look at what you want. Do you want a set up that turns on and off lights? Most DIY systems can give you a large degree of flexibility in control, utilities, and security.

In the control category, do you want the ability to create time schedules, computer rules and smartphone applications to it? Do you want a control that is in the cloud or local control? Cloud control may offer a lower price and more flexibility, but will not work without an internet connection. Local control in DIY is a bit harder since you would lose video streaming of security systems and uses are limited in remote control to things such as turning on and off lights.

The utility features are great if part of your aim is becoming more energy efficient. There are devices that can aid in the leak detection, thermostats, and sprinkler controls.

And of course, security is a big driving force behind those getting started in DIY automation. In this age of uncertainty, it adds peace of mind to any homeowner to know that their family and property is kept safe.

After you factor in everything, including cost, the next step to getting started in DIY automation simply is, where do you want to start? Luckily, most of these systems are not overly complicated to install and if you plan right are compatible with each other.

The future of the smart home will only continue to grow. In future years, it stands to reason that homes will only continue to become more technologically advanced. There is little doubt that in ten to fifteen years, a home without smart technology will be as unheard of as a home without plumbing or electricity. This is the perfect time for anyone who wants to try his luck with some DIY automation.

Guest article written by: Frank from

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  1. Investing on security and other smart home devices can be expensive. But if it’s for the safety for your family and home, it might be a good investment. The thing is, technology evolves from time to time and what you have purchased today for example, can easily be replaced with a newer version.


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