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Survivalist Tips Adopted for Home Automation

By on November 10, 2016

As the home automation craze continues to spread across the country, more and more homeowners will be implementing their own systems to control lighting, thermostats, audio and video systems, and more. Along the way, there will be lots of information and helpful advice intended to make designing and implementing home automation as easy as possible.

Uxari.com, a Florida-based provider of DIY home automation and security systems, offers cutting-edge devices and software for making the home more efficient and secure. They recommend adopting some common survivalist strategies when planning the implementation of home automation.

Decide on Needs and Wants

Any survivalist can tell you that you cannot necessarily have everything you want in an emergency situation. Sometimes you have to focus only on what you need to ensure survival. Let’s adopt that same mindset to home automation.

The list of available devices for home automation is growing every day. So before a homeowner purchases anything, it is a good idea to establish needs first. You start building a home automation system based on what you need to achieve maximum efficiency.

Consider Means of Detection

The survivalist strategy relies on the detection of potential threats in order to take necessary action. Likewise, considering the means of detection for any number of scenarios is part of planning home automation. For example, a smart thermostat capable of communicating with a mobile device can warm a homeowner if the temperature inside is not what it’s supposed to be. Likewise, motion sensors can be implemented along with programmed lighting to prevent lights from being activated if no one is within a certain distance. There are sensors to consider for security as well.

Incorporate Security with Automation

At the forefront of every survivalist’s mind is security. This should be an obvious concern when planning a home automation system as well. As long as a homeowner is investing in devices for controlling lighting, thermostats and appliances, why not spend a little extra on home security devices too? Home security enhances the efficient home by providing detection of burglary, fire, carbon monoxide, flood, and more.

Utilize Secure Networks

A survivalist mindset in the digital age dictates utilizing only secure networks for both automation and home security. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to invest money in automation and security devices only to put them on an unsecured network that could easily be breached.

It’s interesting to note that most of the difficulties that come with installing home automation and security are directly related to network issues. Wi-fi networks can be tricky things to master if you don’t know how they operate. But just as any survivalist would do, the homeowner should make an effort to educate him/herself about wireless networking prior to installing home automation and security.

Understand Data Protection Policies

Lastly, an experienced survivalist is well aware of the importance of data protection in the modern world. Data left unprotected opens the door to all sorts of potential problems. The same is true in the world of home automation.

As the Internet of Things expands along with the volume of smart devices connected to it, data protection becomes ever more critical. Home automation users should take a cue from survivalists and diligently inquire about the data protection policies of the companies from whom they purchase devices and software. Those that don’t make an effort to protect data should be avoided.

As you can see, there’s a lot that can be learned from survivalists before implementing home automation. These five simple tips can be adopted to make home automation as beneficial as possible.

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