Smart home technology is becoming increasingly popular—so popular that many new builds are incorporating such systems into their structures. If you’re a home inspector, you will need to know how these technological advances change the nature of your work. Like any new technology, problems are bound to arise. Luckily, you can anticipate several common issues and familiarize yourself with the technology to help frustrated clients. Here are the top most-common problems with smart home technology—and how to troubleshoot them.
The Smart Home Devise Drains its Batteries too Quickly
Wireless smart home products are fantastic until you recognize they require maintenance. If a homeowner is leaving behind these pieces of their smart home build, you’ll need to troubleshoot battery-saving techniques for the new homeowner. Door sensors and other low-energy products will typically only need fresh batteries every year or two, but cameras and motion sensors can burn through batteries very quickly.
Troubleshooting this issue is fairly simple. Check the device’s settings to ensure you’re in range of a good Wi-Fi signal. These devices will run their batteries dry faster if they’re consistently looking for a signal. Digging into the devices themselves will also reveal a wealth of battery-saving options. Toggle off all option features to increase efficiency.
The Smart Home Device is Difficult to Control
This is often the most common complaint for those with smart home systems—especially those moving into a new space with pre-installed devices. While it can be a great convenience to control the temperature or lights from anywhere in the world, it can be a chore to figure out how to make simple adjustments to the living space.
To troubleshoot, make sure the smart devices have easy-to-access physical controls, and inspect that area thoroughly. Consider telling your client to invest in a few smart switches. In fact, the best smart devices—thermostats, door locks, and the like—have traditional controls that work in conjunction with their companion apps.