13 Mar Finding Your Home Technology Comfort Level
When it comes to adding home technology, starting with basic features and expanding gradually as you feel comfortable is a great approach.
Let’s face it: Technology can be complicated. It can be confusing. It can also send some people running back to their old-fashioned knobs, switches, dials, and remotes to operate the lights, thermostats, TVs and other devices in their home. And that’s a shame. Well-designed technology is supposed to simplify life, not make it more difficult. Unfortunately, this can happen if you’ve been sold a product or system that you’re simply not comfortable using, or if its configuration and installation has been poorly executed.
Recognizing your comfort level and teaming up with a qualified home systems integrator who understands your stance can preclude any hardships over home technology. Maybe you like the tactile feel of buttons on a remote; or perhaps you’d rather use an app on your smartphone to launch commands to equipment. Some people are comfortable with a system that synchronizes the operation of every light switch, thermostat, window shade, or audio-video system in the house, while others would rather ease into home control by focusing on one room to start. There’s no one perfect approach when it comes to integrating technology into a home. It’s the job of a home systems integrator to guide you through the options, listen to your concerns, and tailor a solution that meets your needs.
Start Small and Build Your System Gradually
If you’re passionate about and have the budget for all of the high-tech bells and whistles in your home, by all means, go for it. A home systems installer will configure every aspect of that big, beefy system to support the level of functionality you desire. However, if you’d rather take home technology in smaller, more manageable doses, that’s completely doable—and often advisable—too. You might start with a single type of product, like smart light switches, and have those installed in just a couple of rooms. Your home systems integrator can program these switches to turn on and off automatically at certain times during the day and to also be controllable via a handheld remote or smartphone app. That’s a simple, affordable setup, yet useful to your everyday life. You’ll be reaping the rewards of a smart home lifestyle without having to make a huge commitment right off the bat. When you’ve gotten comfortable with the smart switches and are ready to expand into other rooms or other types of smart devices, a home systems integrator can add more features and functions, integrating everything together to minimize your learning curve.
In many cases, smart lighting, thermostats, and motorized window shades can all work cohesively and be controlled via the same app, device, or control interface.
Smart Systems Adapt to Your Needs and Lifestyle
And here’s the really good news: If there’s ever an issue with how the installed system is performing or you experience complications using it, your home systems installer can give you a run-through, do some diagnostics, or provide service should it be needed. Point being, you’re never restricted or limited when a qualified home systems integrator is involved, Like a Sherpa, they’re there to help make technology more fun to use as well as to guide you through your transition from a starter system to a larger, more comprehensive solution, or whatever your particular situation calls for.
Essentially, as your needs and level of familiarity and comfort with technology continues to grow and evolve, so can the systems in your home. You can feel confident during each step of the process, enjoying each feature fully before moving on to something new. What’s more, you’ll be able to allocate funds in a manner that’s easy on your bank account.
Bringing it Home
As you can see, adding home technology is not a one-size-fits-all exercise. Find what’s right for you by speaking with a home systems integrator who adheres to this philosophy, understands the objectives, and shares your vision. Being oversold is never makes for a positive experience.
Don’t suffer with complicated technology. Let Brilliant AV help you achieve technology bliss. Give us a call or drop us a line and let’s talk. We’re here to help and happy to serve. Let’s connect!
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