How to Safely Install a Home Automation System

Safety Team
Updated Jan 28, 2021
4 min read

Home automation can make people’s lives easier, safer and more efficient. These systems can be as simple or as complex as one would like, controlling everything from lighting and door locks, to television sets, coffee machines and HVAC units. Most home automation systems are simple enough for homeowners with a basic knowledge of technology to install themselves.

Steps To Install a Typical Home Automation System

  • 1

    Connect to power.

    Most hubs connect via an AC adapter; however, some also have backup batteries or rechargeable battery packs to install.

  • 2

    Connect to the Internet.

    Many hubs connect to Internet routers with an Ethernet cable. Some now connect to wireless routers with a password.

  • 3

    Download the application.

    Many of the newer systems can be accessed through a smartphone via a free app. However, some must be setup on a computer through a downloadable program.

  • 4

    Create an account.

    The program or app will lead the user through a simple setup process to create an account including a password.

  • 5

    Add smart devices.

    You will be able to add smart devices to the hub or central monitor following the simple on-screen prompts.

  • 6

    Setup scenes, triggers and schedules.

    A scene is a group of actions that can be set to occur at certain times. For example, a bedtime scene may include the lights turning off and the doors locking at 10:00 pm. Other scenes may be controlled by triggers; for example, a light may turn on when a motion sensor notices that a door is opened.

  • 7

    Setup alerts.

    Alerts sent by text or email can be sent when certain events, such as an open door or a movement, are sensed.

Additional Installation Tips

Some additional tips will make installation less stressful. Homeowners should be sure to choose an expandable system that will be able to have more devices added to it; therefore, it is vital to choose a system that is compatible with other brands. Homeowners should also begin their systems simply, preferable with automated lighting, at first. Starter kits are a great place to begin because they will contain a few easily connectable devices.

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