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Building a Smart Home? What to Look for in a Home Automation Installer.

Make sure your integrator has the expertise to meet your smart home expectations

Building a Smart Home? What to Look for in a Home Automation Installer.

Adding smart technology or home automation to your San Marino, CA, home is a life-changing investment — automation completely shifts the ways you access, operate, and manage your home’s technologies. Building a smart home starts with hiring the right home automation installer. An experienced integrator firm will be able to install systems that meet your functional and aesthetic needs and communicate seamlessly with the easy-to-use control interfaces of your choice.

The right integrator will make your home more comfortable, accessible, and convenient to use. Read our blog post to learn the leading criteria to look for when choosing your home automation expert.

SEE ALSO: 2 Reasons You Need to Consult Professionals for Your Smart Home Setup


1. HTA Certification

The Home Technology Association (HTA) recognizes technology integration firms that meet national standards of excellence for home technology installations. The HTA certification is the only industry standard of excellence for home automation companies and requires firms to pass a meticulous 60-point evaluation to gain certification. Once certified, firms must continue to uphold rigorous quality and service standards to maintain certification.

HTA-certified firms must have at least three years of successful business performance, a demonstrated history of technical competence, and a demonstrated history of providing high-quality aftercare service, among other criteria. Additionally, certified firms must have a stellar marketplace reputation and recommendations from several manufacturers and industry professionals.

ZhiFi is a proud, HTA-certified home automation installer. That means you — as a homeowner — can feel confident choosing our firm, knowing we have a proven history of delivering exceptional work and taking care of our clients.

2. Credentials and Experience

Designing and building whole-home automation systems is not a task for the DIY-er. Successful home automation installations require an integrator to have advanced wiring, networking, engineering, programming, technical skills, and training. At ZHiFi, our technicians are trained and certified to install Crestron, Control4, and Lutron control systems in residential settings.

The control system is the heart of your smart home — it’s what allows you to access and manage all your technologies in one place, build custom scenes that activate a sequence of actions simultaneously, and set up schedules and automations for your technology. An experienced integrator will have a deep understanding of designing and building a smart home with centralized control customized to your needs and desires.

We encourage you to visit our Crestron and Lutron showrooms for an interactive, first-hand look at smart home technology!

3. Testimonials

Don’t just take an integrator’s word that they’re the best in the biz — see what their clients have to say too. Reading reviews and client testimonials is a fantastic way for you to find out more about the kind of experience you can expect — not only regarding the quality of the work but also regarding the quality of customer service and communications.

At ZHiFi, we’re proud of the number of satisfied customers we have and the number who were willing to write a good review for us. We invite you to check out our amazing client testimonials for yourself!

We hope you choose ZHiFi as your local home automation installer for your next home technology project in San Marino, CA. Visit our showrooms, call, or fill out a contact form to schedule a time to speak with our industry experts. We look forward to working with you soon!