The dream of the smart home is no longer the stuff of the Jetson’s cartoons.

When it goes right it’s more convenient to automate the humdrum tasks of daily life, such as setting (and re-setting) the thermostat, turning the lights on and off during the day, and locking the doors at night.

Although there is no killer app yet that will tell you why you walked into a room.

The whole point of home automation is to make life easier, sadly many homeowners make costly mistakes when setting it up and maintaining their home system.

Here are a few examples of some home automation mistakes that can put a drain on your wallet.

1. FAILING TO ASSESS YOUR NEEDS FIRST
Before you spend your money on any gadgets, you have to take some time to really assess your actual needs. What’s your work schedule like?
How often do you travel? Are you big on home entertainment?
Do you have children in the home?

Consideration of these factors before you decide to move forward with installing a home automation system can help make sure you get it right first time.

2. INADEQUATE VENTILATION FOR EQUIPMENT
Routers, gateway devices, hard drives, streaming devices, gaming consoles, etc., all emit heat, without adequate ventilation, the performance of your equipment can be hindered. Poor ventilation will often shorten the lifespan of equipment, thus more money out of your pocket for repairs or replacements.

Make sure that your home automation equipment–and all associated devices–have plenty of breathing room for heat to escape.

3. BUYING EMERGING TECHNOLOGY THAT HASN’T BEEN TESTED
At TechWorX we often get calls about new tech that someone has seen breathlessly advertised online or on TV.

Many devices are brought to the market before being thoroughly tested, essentially turning the end user into an unpaid Beta Tester. Glitches and bugs are often still being discovered even after these products are on sale.

Being an early adopter is great, but we advise taking your time to do your homework to ensure that the product has been adequately tested. Reviews are a great resource.

If TechWorX are doing the job for you we will already have advised you on what works and what doesn’t.