Home Automation: What’s in Store for the Future
The Smart Home…just the words conjure up images, for many of us, of horror movies where the house takes off the family’s lives and in the end, they have to burn it down to keep it from killing them. However, that’s just in the movies and Smart Homes are so popular and some commonplace in this modern world, that if you don’t have at least some type of home automation in your home, then you are considered to be in the minority. Face it, we live in a world where technology rules and humankind relies on that technology quite a bit, well actually more than quite a bit. In an age, where everything can be done on the internet and everyone has a Smartphone securely in their hand at all times, are the idea of a home that basically takes care of itself and its owners all that hard to imagine? Not from where we are standing.
There are, however, holdouts in the home automation era, People who don’t trust home automation, or technology either, for that matter, and prefer to do things the old-fashioned way. Who’s to say who is right and who is wrong on the subject of home automation? Not us! That’s why we have put together this blog on home automation, what it is, where it’s going, and reasons that every home should become a Smart Home sometime in the near future. Which side of the fence do you fall on? If you aren’t sure, then read on with us to find out exactly what home automation is, the pros and cons, and even some myths about Smart Homes that you might not have known. We will also go into the reasons that home automation is something that everyone should consider as well. Ready to delve into the Smart Home blog? Us too! Then, let’s go!
What is Home Automation/A Smart Home?
One of the main questions you run across about smart home automation is exactly what it is and what it entails. By definition, home automation is the process of automating your home activities and home processes by centrally controlling them from centralized control. Confusing, huh? Put in layman’s terms, home automation is a way to make life easier for you and more secure for your family, as well as lowering your electric bills to boot. The most well-known aspects of home automation include the ability to control and monitor your lighting from your Smartphone and to monitor your heating, appliances, and even your security as well. It’s a little confusing, but home automation is something that is here to stay and will only get better as we forge into the future. There are many different Smart Home devices on the market today and studies predict that by the year 2022, every home will probably have an average of 500 home automation devices helping it operate. That’s a lot of home automation and those are just low numbers, it could be more.
Now that you know what a Smart Home/home automation system is, let’s move on to a few of the pros and cons of home automation for the home and for your family as well.
Pro: Energy Savings
Home automation systems have proven themselves over and over again in the realm of being energy efficient. Automated thermostats, smart thermostats, allow you to pre-program your thermostat based on everything from the time of day it is to the day of the week it is as well. It’s important to note that the type of savings you get depends on the type of device you get as well. However, it’s estimated that most home automation system users save anywhere from 10 to 15 percent on their heating and cooling bills with an automated thermostat.
Con: Complicated Installation
According to how complicated the installation is, installing a home automation system can be a huge burden on the homeowner themselves. It is going to cost you money, if you have an outside professional do the job for you, but if you try to do it yourself, it will cost you quite a bit of your time and if you do it wrong, it will cost you more money to have a professional come in and fix your mistakes. If you are handy with home electronics and smart technology, then this may not be a problem for you at all, however.
Pro: Home Automation Systems Are Convenient
In a world, where everyone is always busy and on the go, the less you have to worry about at home, the better off you are. That is where home automation systems have their biggest selling point, convenience. They make it possible to save time and hassle, by turning off the lights automatically when you go to bed or stopping you from having to adjust the thermostat when you wake up in the mornings and it’s cold outside. There are even systems that work remotely, so if you leave the coffee pot on when you leave for work in the morning, you don’t have to turn around and go back, instead, you can shut it off from your Smartphone and not have to worry. They even work from your computer, so how awesome is that!
Con: Technology can be Complex
While the idea of a simple system doing everything in your home for you sounds super appealing to most of us, in reality, sometimes it’s much more simple to just reach up and turn off the light switch. Think about it, is it really easier to find your Smartphone, get into your dashboard and then turn off the light, than it is to simply hit the light switch on your way to the bed? Some people think yes, some think, no. Which side are you on? Technology can be great but it can also be a little complicated at times. The best way to handle this disadvantage of home automation is to determine ahead of time just how automated you truly want your home to be and go from there.
Pro: Heightened Security
One of the major selling points for home automation systems is the heightened security that comes along with them. Since the ability to remotely monitor your home comes with home automation, it is simple to lower your blinds remotely when it gets dark, turn on your lights, and even keep an eye on your home when you’re away as well. This, coupled with home automation security systems is part of the reason that Smart Homes are so popular today. We live in a chaotic and increasingly violent world, so any security that will help is greatly appreciated.
Con: The Cost
While home automation systems are no longer for the filthy rich, they are still quite expensive for the average working Joe. Luckily, there are many, many options for affordable home automation systems on the market. Make sure to do your research when you decide to make your home Smart Home capable so that you get the best quality system for the best and most affordable price.
Home Automation Myths Debunked
Next, we will talk about a few of the myths associated with home automation, that need to be debunked right away.
Myth Number One: Smart Homes Are Actually Gimmicks and Scams
We all know that anytime there is a buzz about new technology on the market, people are going to be skeptical and while there are probably some home automation scams going on out there, most of them are not. Home automation is here to stay and many more people turn to it from everything from security systems to new appliances for their homes on a daily basis.
Myth Number Two: Smart Homes Are Just a Passing Fad
While Smart Home devices and the technology have been around for quite a while now, they have just reached the mainstream, so of course, many people feel that they will fade back into the technology hole that they came from. However, this type of smart technology has actually been around for a while now, and shows no signs of being just “a passing fad.” However, if you think about it, the Smartphone was said to be just a passing craze as well, and now we can’t do without it. The best thing about home automation is it’s designed to endure into the future and can stand updates to take it into the future with you.
Myth Number Three: Smart Homes Destroy Your Privacy
This harkens back to the horror movies, we were discussing in the beginning of this blog. Because there are many movies out there that portray smart devices in the home as a way for everyone from the creepy neighbor next door to our own government to watch our every move. While those movies may be a little over the top, there have been instances of people using smart devices, such as Smart TV’s to watch people and invade their privacy. But, that is not all smart devices, and shouldn’t stop you from upgrading your home, you just have to be careful what you buy and who you go through to buy it.
Myth Number Four: Everyone Needs a Smart Home
While everyone may want a Smart Home, it’s not a fact that everyone needs to have one. These myths usually come from people who have home automation systems and realize how great they are, and feel that they now have to convert everyone in their path to a Smart Home as well. While a Smart Home is a good choice for many, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, if you say rent your home instead of owning it. It’s best to save the home automation for a house that you plan to be in for a long, long time to come.
These are just a few of the myths about home automation and Smart Homes that need to be debunked. Whether you believe them or don’t believe them, home automation is the way that most of the world is leaning and it’s here to stay.
Should You Invest in Home Automation?
The question of should you invest in home automation is one that only you can answer. Of course, if you live in a rental, even if you want too, it’s best to wait until you buy a home of your own. There are a few reasons out there that you might want to consider looking into home automation for your home, such as the fact that it heightens security awareness in your home and saves you from having to adjust the thermostat, but that is something you need to decide for yourself, after doing careful research.
The Future of Home Automation
So, what do you think? Is there a true future for home automation? We think the answer to that question is a resounding yes. We can see the days coming in the future when home automation is available in every home and outside of the home as well. In the future, offices and businesses will most likely start to invest in home automation systems in order to lower their energy costs and protect the property that belongs to them. The future is bright, home automation is here to stay, and it is taking us into the future with it. Won’t you join us?
This wraps up our blog on home automation, what it is, whether you should invest in it, and if it’s going to be around in the future. Hopefully, this cleared up any confusion you were having and helps you to make an informed decision, as to whether it’s the right choice for you.
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