Smart Home Automation: Is Smarter Actually Better?
Updated: Sep 22
Answering Your FAQ About Integrated Technology
Smart home automation sounds cool right? When you hear the phrase, it takes you back to ideas of living in the future, like you’re neighbors with the Jetsons. Actually, smart automation is a pretty simple and practical way to upgrade your home. So while it can’t give you flying cars and floating treadmills (yet), adding smart technology to your home is a great idea. But if you’re just starting your research into what home upgrades will work for you, you may be wondering if it’s worth the time and effort. This blog will help answer some of your questions. Read on for more.
What Is Smart Home Automation?
The first question to ask is often so simple it frequently goes overlooked: what does it mean to make a home “smart”? You may have upgraded with an Amazon Echo or a simple universal remote and think that’s all there is to it. Well, you may have experienced home control, but you haven’t enjoyed the benefits of a fully smart home.
When a technology is called smart, it means that it can connect to the internet. That allows it to use useful information it finds online, and work with other devices to act together almost intuitively. Additionally, you’ll receive updates from your devices, such as push notifications about energy usage. Lastly, you’ll be able to integrate sensors and program timers so your system works without you having to control it all the time. When a system works like this, it’s called smart.
Smart Automation Seems Like a Big Investment
Any time you want to add value to your home, it’s going to cost money. The benefit comes when you’re still using the system in a year or two and you’ve saved loads of money on your energy bill and other expenses. Plus, the smart home investment doesn’t have to be as much as you think – because you don’t have to start off with a whole home system. If you’re still not sure you want to dive in head first with an automation system, you can begin in a single room like a home theater. Or you can invest in a single system, like home security. That will allow you to get a feel for the tech before you spend any more money.
How Does Smart Technology Add Value to Your Home?
Some of the systems you add to your property will go with you if you move. For instance, most of your AV gear will probably make the trip. But others will probably stay in the house after you’re gone, like lighting and shading systems. These systems are of high importance to new home buyers and can drive up the asking price on the house you’re trying to sell.
Additionally, there’s another part of any smart system that will stay in the property: the wiring. Few new homeowners love the idea of tearing up their walls to install smart wiring solutions, so if you’ve already made the investment it will pay off in the long run.
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