Taking care of home automation equipment

Proper Care Techniques for Home Automation Equipment

 

The many features of your smart home help make life easier. Home automation takes regular tasks or functions like setting the thermostat and makes them easier, more effective, and much more accessible. Home automation also gives us features that we never would have dreamed of just a few years ago. If you ever got nervous about giving your door or garage door code to a maintenance or delivery person, you can now know the convenience and peace of mind that comes with the ability to give a one-time or limited-use code for accessing your home.

 

With all the safety, savings, and convenience that smart home technology offers, there are still things we need to do to keep the system up to date and running effectively. Instead of thinking of smart home maintenance as a hassle, just think of it as another step in the evolution of home care. Like changing the batteries in your smoke detectors or the filter on your furnace, taking these simple steps will increase the effectiveness, safety and overall convenience of your system.

1. Set reminders

The first task is to set automatic reminders for yourself regarding your system. That way you won’t have to worry about forgetting any maintenance tasks.

2. Update software

Keep the software in your system and related apps up to date. Just like keeping your smartphone software updated, make sure your home automation system has all the latest software loaded.

3. Change batteries

Another vital bit of system maintenance you need to do is to change the batteries in each component of your system. This needs to be done regularly for every wall device, remote control, and other component that runs on batteries.

4. Test your home automation equipment

Testing is a key element of home automation maintenance. Just as you would test your furnace before the first cool day of fall or fire up the air conditioner in spring to make sure all is running well, test all the automated features of your home regularly. This is especially important for things like pools and fireplaces that can go months without use during down seasons.

5. Check filters, fans, speakers, wires and other components

Finally, check all components that keep your system running on a daily basis. This includes air filters, dust filters, fans, and speakers. Check cables and wires to make sure everything is connected properly and tucked away safely. Running tests can also remind you of some of the features you may not have fully utilized before.

 

You can get a list of all maintenance steps you need to take when you have your system installed. Your home innovation representative will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Every element of your home automation is designed to make your life easier and safer, and taking care of your system will allow it to take better care of you.