Monday, 23 January 2017

Is Smartphone-Controlled Home Automation the Way to go?

Maybe you already know about the amazing advancements and next generation technologies involved in automating your home. Perhaps you are aware how they can make your life fantastic. Nevertheless, do you really want to take all that trouble and get all your household functions fully connected to your cell phone? You need to consider a few issues of home automation before making a decision.

Complexity

Not everyone is comfortable with change! There are people who prefer everything to be exactly in the same, old-fashioned way. Connecting automated things to your phone involves some technical knowledge about the app installed and its operation. If you aren’t tech-savvy enough, you might press something accidentally, and cause unwittingly major complications that might be difficult to undo.

In such a situation, you might feel turning off a light or fan with just the flick of a switch would have been a lot easier and more sensible than doing the same thing through your phone by carrying out a series of steps on a touch pad. Therefore, it is important for you to discuss with your remodeling contractor what types of automation you require or not.

Incompatibility between systems

For your comfort and ease of access, you need to automate your house to one centralized operating system. In today’s automation market, not all applications are available on a single platform. Your security system might operate on one platform and your temperature control on another; this could turn out to be very complex and difficult for you to comprehend and operate them.

Current research is engaged in developing a single integrated platform for every conceivable home automation app. That would take time and might be dearer to install.

Installation cost

Installation cost can be the biggest factor against home automation. The initial software and hardware costs together can vary from moderate to expensive, depending upon the extent of automation. In addition, you may have to spend more if you desire higher quality of the hardware and more sophisticated functions of the software.

Furthermore, security cameras with both audio and video recording and live streaming tend to cost more than those that provide only video recording. You also need to keep in mind the resolution of the camera. Apart from the security system, thermostat sensors and motion sensors will be another factor.

Just remember that the fancier the settings, the greater will be the cost. On the contrary, you do have the option of going in for automation of only what you consider essentials. You can always ask your remodeling contractor to give you guidance regarding the products and costs. Your experienced and never-failing contractor with expertise in such matters will get you the best available hardware and software at a very reasonable price.

All said and done, it is indisputable that home automation makes your life very comfortable, and does take care of your security concerns. Now that you know the pros and cons of smartphone-controlled home automation, you are in a much better position to decide if the pros outweigh the cons or the cons outweigh the pros.

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