Once you have decided to add home automation, you need to decide what Programmed maintenance you are going to implement. As there are different types of home automation, it is important to be clear about what you want to accomplish and how your system will work. You also need to know which type of system is right for you.
The only way to learn what your options are is to see which are most common and which are the most popular among home automation systems. In this article, I will discuss four types of home automation systems that people are implementing.
Depending on the type of home automation you are implementing, there are various maintenance strategies that you should consider. The first type of maintenance strategy is quite common and can be implemented for most types of home automation.
Programmed Maintenance: When a new set of software is released, the company may make available a set of installation instructions and a software update package. The package will contain all the information you need to set up the system.
The package will also include the hardware inventory, network setup, and other components needed to make the system run. Once you have installed the system, you do not have to do any maintenance. The whole program will be installed in the hardware.
When you are ready to upgrade or replace your automation software, you should download the latest version. This will be the only time you have to manually update the software.
Software Upgrade: You will be able to upgrade the software by downloading it again to your computer. This is an easy step to take since the new versions of the software will be generally more advanced. Most programs offer one year of upgrades free of charge.
The second type of maintenance strategy is known as Monitoring. With monitoring, you monitor the system to ensure it is working properly. However, this requires additional equipment maintenance costs.
Hardware Maintenance: If you are installing new devices or upgrading hardware devices you must regularly maintain the devices to ensure they are running correctly. This is usually automated and done for you but you should check the database each month to see if anything new has been added.
Software Maintenance: Most hardware devices and most software devices are similar to each other so there will not be too much difference. However, there will be some differences between the software and the hardware.
This maintenance strategy should be used when you need periodic maintenance to ensure the system is working properly. It is usually done manually.
Home automation software and hardware are very reliable and flexible. I recommend you implement this type of maintenance strategy as well as another type called technology planning.