It was only a short time ago that the thought of a ‘smart home’ was far too futuristic for us to even fathom. Well, the future has arrived a lot sooner than we thought it would. Home automation is becoming a freely available option to almost everyone; however, there seems to be a lot of misconceptions and misunderstanding surrounding home automation – scaring off homeowners. It’s time to debunk some common misconceptions about making your home a smart one.
“It’s too expensive!”
In the past, home automation was a luxury that only the wealthy could afford. Today, however, products have been improved and streamlined to the point where anybody can afford to start automating their homes. With demand increasing, more companies are starting to offer different smart home solutions which means that prices are starting to drop. To avoid an upset wallet, it’s still important to do some research before committing to a solution so as to ensure that you’re getting the best possible price.
“Installation is too complicated and far too invasive!”
With modern-day home automation, it’s no longer necessary to rewire your entire house. Wireless home control is a reality that’s pretty simple to implement if you use a properly skilled and qualified electrical contractor. There will still have to be some electrical work done within your home, but it’s nothing that requires sledgehammers to walls or chasing cables.
“Home automation is intimidating to use.”
With today’s systems, you don’t need a degree in home automation to use the systems available. ‘User-friendly’ is an ingrained feature in all home automation today. All that’s needed is a quick skim of the manual and you should be all ready to go! A lot of home control today involves connecting your home to your personal mobile device or tablet meaning you’re already well-acquainted with how to operate the control; it’s just a matter of learning the ins ‘n outs of a new app.
“All of the current home automation systems will be outdated soon.”
It’s true. Technology is evolving at a rapid pace, but if you shop smartly, you won’t be stuck with outdated home automation systems. Make sure you buy a system that has been designed in such a way that it will be receptive to changes and updates in the future – if you’re not sure, don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you ensure you buy ‘future-proof’ technology, you won’t have to worry about costly replacements and upgrades.
“It’s not secure.”
While having your home connected to the internet might seem like a big security risk, home automation designers ensure that it isn’t! They make certain that all of your data is encrypted as well as make use of signal redundancies to keep hackers at bay. This means that all of your personal information as well as access to your home automation system is completely protected at all times.
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