The trend for having smart home automation technology is rapidly growing with the capabilities of being able to use an app or voice command to control lighting, security, and surveillance on the home. Are they really worth all the hype?
For those who enjoy the convenience of home automation, then smart devices should be just right for you. Smart home technology can control everyday tasks such as starting the coffeemaker before your alarm clock goes off, the ability to monitor motion-sensing cameras, or even activating the security system automatically are some to note. Today, many of the automation systems can work by using voice commands for a hands-free experience. One popular item, the Amazon Echo, can be used to listen to music from a variety of sources with just a simple power source and a Wi-Fi connection. At Frontline Electrical, we offer a home inspection special where we include an Echo Dot for anyone who upgrades or installs a system over $500. Some automated home systems can be linked to wearable devices such as smartwatches and fitness trackers. If you have multiple devices, consider connecting them together using a smart home hub, which connects these devices on one network and controls communications between them. Through Alarm.com, you can connect the devices in your home through one platform and enjoy the ease of having an interactive home security solution to make your home safer, smarter, and more efficient. Ask us about what options are the best to fit your needs!
“Through Alarm.com, you can connect the devices in your home through one platform and enjoy the ease of having an interactive home security solution to make your home safer, smarter, and more efficient.”
Increased Safety & Security
Smart home automation systems can provide homeowners with the benefits of convenience, security and energy efficiency. Security is a big concern when owning a home. Devices like those offered by Alarm.com and other smart lock alternatives allow you to lock/unlock using your smartphone’s proximity. Say goodbye to fumbling for keys or locking yourself out. For multiple people, digital keys can be created and assigned to individual smartphones; this is great for giving temporary access to guests without having to clone physical keys. Another smart security is the installation of smart surveillance systems. It can be as simple as using a webcam as a security camera or setting up a security network out of old smartphones. Consider smart Video Monitoring from Anywhere devices which streams in 1080p HD, great audio quality and switches to night mode when it gets dark. Not only that, but there is a motion-activated recording and alarm siren for housebreakers. There are many other smart home security alternatives that are an inexpensive solution to home security that will keep the burglars away.
“Consider smart Video Monitoring from Anywhere devices which streams in 1080p HD, great audio quality and switches to night mode when it gets dark.”
Peace of Mind
Never worry about your home while you’re away. Remote monitoring is a good way to keep those concerns in check. Using home video cameras and an Internet connection, you can check on the status of your home or kids from anywhere in the world using a PC or smartphone. Smart home technology might be useful for seniors living at home, or individuals with disabilities living independently. From devices that help with safety from medical alerts to interior cameras to provide a sense of security, there is a range of useful automation systems in the house.
Some smart home technologies are not only convenient, but they save you money as well with the reduction in power consumption and smaller energy costs. For example, a smart thermostat, Nest Learning Thermostat, learns the behaviors of the users and adjusts the temperatures of the home to an energy-saving efficient temperature just before the user arrives. This saves money on the monthly electricity bill and maintains the proper temperature for its users with the ease of control through your smartphone. According to the results of two independent studies, the thermostat saved about 15 percent on cooling and 10-12 percent on heating. This could be a valuable asset if you like the convenience of having your house sitting at the right temperature when you get home from work. Similar behavior-based automation can be applied to lighting and even to automated blinds, which can be raised and lowered based on the time of day. Relative to other home improvements you might make, smart home products are inexpensive. Smart home automation provides a lot of bang-for-your-buck.
“Relative to other home improvements you might make, smart home products are inexpensive.”
Some argue that the programming is too complex and time-consuming to figure out. The idea of controlling light in your bedroom with a smartphone is often easier to just flick the light switch. Home automation can be expensive to set up properly, can be dangerous if not done by a licensed electrician and not compatible with all smart devices. Not all smart devices use the same technology that will be able to work on the same platforms. However, the rise of centralized control systems like Z-Wave have started to address these issues. And lastly, controlling your home over the internet has its risks of hacking. You can somewhat mitigate these risks with strong password protections and vetting your automated security provider.
The decision whether or not to invest in a home automation system is solely up to your needs and wants. Creating an automated home that is highly functional for your unique needs should be an utmost priority should you choose to go with the home automation system.
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