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6 Common Misconceptions About Home Automation

April 26, 2017

Home automation may not be a new concept, but the rapid rate at which gadgets are appearing in the market is causing misconceptions about automation. Home automation is not about controlling your home with remotes. It involves networking of different devices in your home and managing them all using a smartphone or tablet. Here are common misconceptions about home automation:

It is for rich people

Of course, in the past, only wealthy people could afford something as fancy as an automated home. But that was because home automation gadgets were bulky and required experts to operate and install. Now, most of this technology is quite cheap and compact. In fact, if you can afford the latest smartphone then chances are you can afford a Nest Thermostat or a Philips Hue Light Bulb and Bridge. Just plugging your normal television into a smart plug is home automation; it’s that simple. The cost depends on what type of automation system you want installed in your home.

You need to be a Rocket Scientist

Ever heard of a Fibaro Red Button? All you need to do is stick it on any surface and use it to control any Z-Wave compatible device in your home. Some people think that using a touch screen and keypads to control all the devices in their homes is daunting.

However, the truth is that the goal of automating your electronics and appliances is to make them easier and convenient to operate. Picture this; you get home late in the evening tired, and the lights turn on without you moving a limb. Or you slump on your bed and immediately fall asleep, and the front door locks itself while all the lights go off.

You do not need a basket to store your army of remotes because you have a clean user surface that controls everything in your house. That includes controlling your home’s lighting, temperature, speakers and more using your tablet or smartphone.

Too complicated to install

We get it, installing anything in your house can be a frustrating experience. You hate the noise, the inconvenience, and the cost. Imagining someone breaking through the wall you spent ages renovating or pulling out your electric wiring is scary. There is no need to worry about that because with technologies like Wi-Fi or Z-Wave there is no need to install new wiring when automating your home.

An entire home automation system can be installed in your house without your wall getting chipped or your wiring getting ripped out. For instance, once you get your Amazon Echo speaker all you need to worry about is the Wi-Fi signal strength in your house.

It’s just a luxury and adds no value

A luxury item is meant to show off to your friends. Home automation will not just impress your friends but also help save energy and money. For instance, if you don’t want to waste power, you can schedule your lighting system to dim when you leave a room in your house. You can also schedule your lights to go off at a particular time every day. Your thermostat can also sense your presence in an individual room and heat it to your preferred temperature while at the same time turning down the temperature in empty rooms in your house.

Most of all, you can set up a home automation system that helps monitor energy usage in your house to help you conserve energy.

It is a fad

People once thought that cars were just a fad and that horse-drawn carriages would win in the end. The same narrative goes for computers and other tech items we take for granted today like cell phones. Zion Research published a report last year that showed that the global home automation market is expected to grow to USD 21 billion in 2020.

That does not sound like a fad. Companies like Amazon, Apple, and Google are also pouring millions into research to help them maintain their lead in the home automation market.

Maintenance

Since you don’t need to break a wall for most of these automation devices, maintenance should be as simple as maintaining your laptop. You can also buy home automation products that sync well together to avoid dysfunction.

Home automation is not about pushing buttons and then things happen; it’s about a series of actions happening using a scheduler or one-touch scenes to make your life more convenient.

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