There have been so many myths and misconceptions about home automation these days. Some say they’re too complicated, while others think they’re unreliable, and still others have shunned them as mere gimmicks.
These may have been true 10 years ago, but the rapid pace of technology, advanced app functionalities and improving user-interface designs have dispelled many of these misconceptions of late, especially for those who have seen the many benefits of automated homes, workplaces and commercial establishments today.
They’ve clearly improved efficiencies, provided extra security and made them more enjoyable to use, especially with the new devices coming out — and how home automation can integrate just about any Wi-Fi enabled device. If anything, they exemplify plug-and-play simplicity when you control them using a mobile device, a remote control or touchscreen panel.
Are they too complicated, easily outdated, expensive, unreliable or all over the place? Here are some home automation myths that we have demystified for you:
Like any technology, home automation systems have become increasingly easier to use as they’ve matured, thanks to touchscreen technology. They have better user interfaces that make it easier for even the most technically challenged to use them. In fact, the most number of fully automated smart home users are above 40 years old.
Home automation systems along with the Internet of Things (IOTs) have been designed so well that seniors who may have been intimidated initially to access the internet via their desktop and laptop computers have embraced them. It helps that they are savvy when it comes to using tablets and smartphones. Progress is definitely being made on many fronts when it comes to making all smart home devices well integrated into an ecosystem that works together seamlessly. They have come a long way.
That is true for popular brands because they have one-off features but with a Control4 system, for example, you’ll be able to control a limitless number of your devices and smart functionalities. Some high-end systems simply work better because they work as the nerve center or brains of your smart home.
This way, you can control your room temperature, surveillance cameras, lighting, music and entertainment systems and much more. Also consider that router technology has improved dramatically to accommodate demands for faster bandwidth. It’s a long way from the time when networking equipment, Wi-Fi routers and modems struggled to keep up with smart home technology.
The industry has used integration for putting systems or subsystems together but a new organization called Matter is coining interoperability as part of its plan to make devices interoperable and cross-platform with your favorite brands in 2022. The organization has Amazon, Apple and Google as its prestigious members.
Having products that are natively compatible are definitely ideal but not necessary. If this is a concern, asking a home automation service company is essential.
It depends. Some popular consumer products can eventually get outdated because of their limited capabilities or shorter life spans. They’re built for a year or so, while some prestigious brands such as Control4, Crestron, Ketra, Lutron and Savant are built to last and scale. Their products can be customized while also providing constant firmware and software updates remotely. Having a reliable home automation service company can keep you updated, as new developments also happen fast in smart technology.
Figures from Mckinsey indicate that people have less control of their home than they thought. For instance, 51% of people forget to switch off their lights; 41% leave their TV/appliance on; and 36% wonder what’s happening in their home or office when they’re away. Smart home technology can help you take control of your home or office, because they can be personalized to work with you. You’re the one in control.
Homeowners have the luxury of making home improvements unlike renters. If holes have to be drilled to install a TV, homeowners can decide on their own. This only makes many renters feel left out but Premium Digital Control & Automation has come up with a great solution for renters in South Florida, especially if you're nearby Fort Lauderdale: wireless smart home starter packages for a limited time. Depending on the package, you can have a 65-inch 4K Smart TV, Savant Pro remote control, a Savant Smart Soundbar and Savant Lamp control to get you in perfect viewing mode.
The reason this myth has lasted this long is because many popular and less integrated consumer brands are marketed more to a mass audience than the trusted professional brands. Also, consumer brands are also limited to a few compatible devices right now, because they don’t have multi-functions. They’re good as starting points but for a great home automation system, having a reliable home automation company working with you is the best thing you can do to satisfy your need. A service that offers the planning, design, installation and programming will be valuable for consumers overwhelmed by the hundreds of products and technologies out there.
Many homeowners see the return on their investment of having a fully automated home in three ways. First, they save energy, almost 30% of it; second, they don’t need to go out as much for entertainment if they have a good home theater system or outdoor entertainment system. Lastly, they get the more priceless thing off the table: peace of mind. Having surveillance cameras and CCTV may be added expenses but they can be a source of comfort.
Pricing depends on the smart home project. Many may think that a smart home means the whole house when it need not be. Careful planning can make all the difference. Premium Digital Control & Automation in south Florida can provide architectural drawings, so you can have a smart home that grows with you.
You can actually have privacy in a connected home — by assigning certain areas in your home without internet connectivity or by configuring your other communication protocols like Zigbee and Z-Wave to secure your network. And for those outside of their home or often in transit, your smartphone device can also serve as your alert system and two-factor authentication system.
TechBuddy listed a few things to keep in mind when protecting your smart home: register your device online with the manufacturer and install firmware/software updates whenever possible; disable data collection and information sharing with third parties on your devices; remember to change the default device password and update passwords every 2 to 3 months.
There are many ways of looking at home automation or if you have a business. In a Consumer Electronics Study last May by Quantilope, 62% said they use it for efficiency; 47% for security and 46% for enjoyment. Others think of it as an investment. Over time, it can indeed increase the value of your home. Home automation can raise the desirability and price if you’re also looking to sell your home. If not selling, it’s still a wise investment if you want to run an efficient, entertaining and energy-saving home. (Dennis Clemente)