Why It’s Time to Upgrade Your Home Automation Products

Why It’s Time to Upgrade Your Home Automation Products

Written By

Renee Sylvestre-Williams

Are your home automation products the equivalent of the Clapper — once cutting-edge, but no longer keeping up with the technological pack? It may be time for an upgrade.

If you’re thinking about revamping your smart home technology, here are some things to keep in mind.

Learn more about the products

Home automation products have become very sophisticated. In the past, you had to spend hours setting up the technology, programming your lights and trying to add them to your home’s electrical system. Not to mention, the hardware was clunky and had no style.

These days, however, most products are sleek, sexy and small, and they can plug into an ordinary wall outlet. Once that’s done, you simply open up the app on your phone or tablet and set up your system.

Woman checking her phoneAdd safety to your home

A smart home is a safe home, and today’s home automation products have evolved beyond the basic alarm system. Now, 24/7 monitoring keeps your house protected with door and window sensors as well as fire, flood and carbon monoxide monitoring. Should anything happen, the technology instantly notifies the police or the fire department.

What you need to start

Home automation technology runs the gamut. You can start with the basics, such as smart lighting and heating, and go all the way to a fully automated house, where everything including your fridge is connected.

Before you decide what to buy, consider your lifestyle and what you need to make it easier. Do you leave and arrive home during the dark or travel often? Automated lighting that switches on and off at set times or when you pull into your driveway may make sense. Are your kids old enough to travel to school by themselves, or are you a landlord? Add a door security system with cameras, smart locks and voice communications.

Want to know what happens in your home when you’re not there? Could your dog be napping on the couch when he’s not supposed to? (He totally is.) HD cameras let you know what’s going on, so you can tell Rover to get off your couch for the thousandth time.

How to personalize your setup

There are so many options when it comes to home automation that it may be intimidating when you’re setting up your home, but the variety of products lets you personalize your system. You can buy an entire package, which will cover most requirements and typically be cheaper, or you can buy as you need, starting with a smart thermostat and going from there.

Take control of your home

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If you want to be an active participant in your home security, upgrading your home automation products is a must. The newest solutions let you control and monitor your home from your phone or tablet.

Learn and grow

Home automation products learn more the longer they’re in your home. A smart thermostat will adjust the heating and cooling in your house based on your usage and recommend the best temperatures. This will save you money and take one thing to think about off your plate.

Is it time to upgrade?

Updating your home automation products can save money and provide peace of mind. Just remember to personalize your choices and select your upgrades based on your family’s needs.

Contact Vivint today to learn more about updated home security offerings.