I get asked all the time, “what is a smart home? Why should i automate my home? And what is the cost?”
Simply put, a smart home is about connectivity. Several devices throughout the house are connected and controlled from a central device, ie.a smartphone, tablet or computer. Climate control(thermostats) lights, locks, and different types of cameras, monitors and sensors can all be added to a home automation system and controlled from anywhere in the house or, even better, from afar.
Why should I automate my home?
Mainly for convenience, but also for saving money and having piece of mind. It’s convenient to not carry keys to get into the house, and you can allow workers into your home with you not being there, by providing them a code, or you unlocking the door from anywhere in the world, for example.
It’s money saving by being able to turn the lights off that the kids left on, even when you are away from home, just by using the app on your phone. Having the ability to adjust the thermostat, and perhaps locking the kids out of adjusting it, could save hundreds of dollars a year.
Using cameras, and sensors can give you piece of mind by being able to monitor what is happening in and around your home, when you are away, and allow you to react more quickly by being alerted to a problem early. Not only can cameras be used to detect a potential security issue, but they can show you who is at your front door, and allow you to speak to this person, from within the house, the backyard or elsewhere. Sensors can be used to detect a leak or a flood and be attended to quickly before there is too much damage, or they can be used to prevent frozen pipes, which could be devastating if the homeowner is unaware.
What is the cost?
That’s difficult to answer. Each home is unique, each homeowner has different needs or wants and problems they want solved. Some devices can be DIY if you are handy. However, most people don’t have any idea where to start, are intimidated by new technology, and require expert advice on the products available, and their placement, along with being taught how to use the app to get the most out of their system. At this point, it is important to hire a reputable company, who will listen to your issues, and solve your problems quickly and efficiently.