You may be aware of the buzz surrounding home automation. If you haven’t here is a brief description of what it is. Home automation connects the technology in your home, everything from the thermostat to the entertainment system, to a handheld device (usually a smartphone or tablet) allowing you to control your home from anywhere. For example, you can lock or unlock your home doors from your desk at work or even turn on a movie, adjust the volume, dim the lights and start the popcorn all while sitting on your couch. That’s some pretty futuristic stuff, right?
While it sounds fun and all, consumers also know that technology comes with a price. Families are especially sensitive to cost given the nations poor economy. So apart from having a home that feels like a space ship is home automation really worth the investment?
It will end up saving you money
While there will be significant costs upfront, many users find that home automation saves them money in the long run. For example, you will cut quite a bit out of your next energy bill by having technology that turns off lights when you aren’t home or adjusts the thermostat to be more efficient. If you use home automation for security purposes you wont have to pay those expensive monthly charges to security companies to monitor your home. Finally, a high tech entertainment system will keep you in the home, rather than going out to a movie every week. Over time, home automation will pay for itself.
You can build as you go
Another benefit of home automation that may make it worth the investment is the fact that you don’t have to buy everything at once. You may want to start out with a couple security cameras and slowly build your security arsenal with each paycheck. Eventually you can add on some new speakers, new lights and a new movie screen for your entertainment center. You can buy many of these items individually. For an example of a list of individual products to buy, look here.
It saves you time and energy
People are constantly investing in technology that makes life more convenient, and home automation is no exception. It takes care of the mundane and repetitive tasks that may keep you from focusing on what you really want to do. For example, home automation products will adjust the temperature for you, protect the home with sensors and updates on your smartphone, and even trigger a system to water the lawn when you are out of town. If you are looking for ways to save time and energy, home automation is likely worth the investment.
Home automation is growing rapidly
Whether or not you feel ready to make the switch to home automation, the reality is that the future is headed that way. Many new housing developments for example are being built with home-automated services already installed. Home security systems are moving away from the traditional model and more towards user friendly and home automated systems. By investing in home automation sooner rather than later, both and your home will be more prepared for the future.
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