Smart Home Essentials for First-Time Users

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by under Cameras, IoT (Internet of Things), Monitoring, Security, Smart Home

As the IoT trend grows in popularity, you may be both fascinated and overwhelmed at the opportunity to become a smart homeowner.

Smart home devices offer an added layer of safety, convenience and energy management to your home. They let you control and manage home devices and appliances, such as your thermostat or oven, remotely via your smart phone or automate based on pre-set schedules.

More importantly, through sensor-enacted alerts and monitored alarm systems, you’ll always know the minute your home is at risk.

Interested in getting started? Here’s a simple overview to help you understand the process of becoming a first-time smart homeowner.

Essential Products

Prioritize safety in your smart home package. In addition to convenience features like automated lights and thermostats, incorporate monitored burglar, fire and carbon monoxide alarms, and round-the-clock video surveillance.

When selecting devices, remember that one size does not fit for all. Choose a smart home package that aligns with your needs and budget. For example, a larger family may plan for the impact of kids and pets on their devices, whereas a single person would not.


Once you’ve selected your devices, it’s important to ensure a professional security provider installs your system. Many devices available today are geared toward the do-it-yourself (DIY) market, but this installation approach is risky and not recommended.

If your home network is not secured or installed properly, unauthorized persons may be able to gain access to device control panels or data stored on your home network. Furthermore, if devices are not positioned correctly, errors and false alarms can take place, such as children or pets accidentally setting off alarms.

Here are some related reads on the importance of professional installation:

Professional installation ensures your devices are set up, managed and updated in accordance with industry standards.

Service & Monitoring

Once your smart home system is installed, professional maintenance and monitoring will provide you and your family with peace of mind.

Have a professional check your equipment annually. This ensures all devices are in working order, and that signals are being properly received by your installer’s monitoring center. That same monitoring hub will watch your home security system 24/7, and can dispatch emergency responders to your home at any time.

Smart home devices including lights, appliances, electronics and thermostats should be regularly tested too, and batteries changed. Watch for red flags that devices are not working properly or are dated, such as:

  • Compatibility issues with other devices.
  • Devices that reboot or restart frequently on their own.
  • Equipment that does not support the latest software.
  • Rapid battery/power failure.

Interested in learning more specifics about how a smart home can benefit your family? Here are a few more helpful reads:

Do you have any questions about installing a smart home security system in your home? Share with us in the comments below!

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