Common Home Automation Problems and Their Solutions
When you invest in a home automation system, your intention is probably to simplify your life, so it can be especially frustrating when the system suddenly doesn’t work as planned! Though all systems from Enhanced Home Systems are engineered to last and made with quality products, hiccups can occur with any brand and any type of smart home automation system, so it pays for you to be smart about what you can do to fix them.
When Old and New Technologies Don’t Mix
Any smart home installation pro will tell you that the industry is rapidly evolving, as many technological fields are. While this is great—it means better features and better tech—it can also mean that older devices don’t always play nicely with newer ones, even if those devices are from separate industries.
For example, your old television might not have a certain port that allows for connection to certain technologies, which thus could limit your home automation potential. The problems that happen with poorly matched tech in this respect are often referred to by home automation companies as interconnectivity issues.
What’s the Fix?
Well, obviously, make sure that your smart home automation tech all comes from relatively similar eras. This doesn’t mean you need to toss out your old tech whenever you want an upgrade—if it’s serving you just fine, you can simply install systems that meet its compatibility needs.
Another thing that’s helpful: make sure that your home automation technology is all from the same company. Though various businesses might sell similar home automation products, smart homes as systems tend to work the best with brand unification.
This makes picking your brand a big decision. Luckily, though, Enhanced Home Systems boasts a robust variety of options and unparalleled customer service, so you’ve got nothing to worry about if you partner with us.
My Wi-Fi Keeps Going In and Out
It’s always a fun (read: frustrating) day when the internet throws a fit! You’re rendered a sitting duck as far as work-from-home goes if you don’t have tethering potential, and many home automation systems will be similarly stuck, as quite a few rely on your Wi-Fi connection to function.
If you’re considering home automation, it’s no secret that you’ll need a strong home networking installation to go with it. But what can you do if your Wi-Fi suddenly stops serving your systems?
What’s the Fix?
You’ll find a whole blog post on our home networking service blog: “What Causes Inconsistent Internet?” Start there in your quest for answers; you’ll gain a deep understanding of your network and what makes it tick.
If you deduce that it’s not the Wi-Fi itself that’s the issue, but the systems themselves, you’ll need to take a different approach. This particular smart home tech issue is complicated, and it’d take quite a bit of tech jargon to explain in detail. In short, though, certain home automation technologies are designed to connect to your Wi-Fi at one end of its frequency range, but Wi-Fi networks these days combine a variety of frequencies into one network—hence the relative incompatibility.
In this case, a call to your home automation company is probably in order. They might be able to set up a new Wi-Fi router to meet your needs or to recommend tech that is more compatible with your current situation.
My Stuff Is Too Hot!
Has your smart automation technology ever shut itself down due to a raging internal temperature? This is a good thing—it’s a protective mechanism to stop the machine from doing serious damage to itself. However, well-made and well-maintained home automation systems shouldn’t overheat, especially if they were installed by a reputable company like us.
Thus, if your machines start to feel like Saharan Africa in the summer, you know there’s a problem.
What’s the Fix?
First of all, don’t cram all your smart home equipment together on a single shelf. Poor ventilation between devices is a great way to cause some major heat issues, as the natural small amounts of it they can generate don’t have anywhere to go.
Of course, space isn’t an issue in all cases of smart homes and home automation overheat, so consider this: have you dusted any applicable vents on the equipment out lately? When any individual piece of equipment can’t ventilate itself properly thanks to debris obstruction, of course it’s going to get too hot!
Age and the consequential failure of ventilation mechanisms can also be a culprit, though if you’ve maintained your home automation system over years and/or it’s relatively new, this is unlikely to be the issue.
Enhanced Home Systems Has All Your Home Automation Needs Covered
From smart thermostats to automated blinds, we’ve got it all—and with our variety of smart home automation installation approaches, your personalized solution is just waiting for you. Give our Edina office a call today at 952-941-5289.