Busting the Myths of Home Automation

Busting the Myths of Home Automation

Written By

John Lister

Does home automation still feel like a mysterious new technology to you? You’re not alone. However, it’s more straightforward than you think. Several myths have flooded the market, steering some people away from the idea, but don’t be fooled.

Learn more about how smart home services can improve your lifestyle, and check out this list of commonplace beliefs that are actually false:

1. You have to pay for unused features.

While this might be true with some providers, it’s certainly not a hard-and-fast rule. While some providers offer a variety of packages with a fixed set of devices, equipment and services, many others also allow customers to create a custom package featuring only the components they need.

2. It’s a waste of money.

While home automation provides peace of mind and convenience, it can also save you money. For example, a home insurer may offer discounts if you equip your house with the extra security of a smart lock or security camera.

Additionally, with programmable lighting, you’re less likely to leave lights on by mistake when you go out for the night. Instead, you can run the lights on a timed or sunlight-based schedule. Smart thermostats also allow you to turn heating down or off when you don’t need it, without the risk of unexpected coldness.

Turning the lights on at night.

3. Automation only appeals to young techies.

Regardless of age, people can easily understand and use home automation if they select a provider with intuitively designed control systems. Elderly homeowners who want to stay in their own home can maintain independence with the assistance of an easy-to-use control system.

You’ll feel safe and secure checking to see if the doors and windows are locked without needing to rush around the house, and you can give remote system access to your children, friends and family to check on their welfare and status.

4. The setup is too complicated for families.

A home automation system offers different levels of access via a central control system and mobile device apps. Having two classes of access, such as administrator and user or parent and child, is a common setup. As the parent, you can have complete control over the system and leave your children with specific actions.

Child with a tablet.

5. The gadgets don’t play nice with one another.

Like any industry, the growth of automation has resulted in many rival systems and standards. However, most providers design their systems to keep in mind that homeowners won’t risk money on equipment that’ll quickly become outdated or obsolete. The whole industry is working to increase compatibility, and even providers offering an all-in-one solution will often make sure their systems integrate with devices from other manufacturers, such as smart thermostats or voice-control devices.

6. It’s all about technology.

It’s easy to think of home automation as a technology-driven product, where only the latest specifications matter, but this perspective deters people who don’t understand or care about the nitty-gritty details. Fortunately, good providers appreciate that technology is a means to an end, and what really matters is the difference it makes to people’s lives, whether it’s in the form of safety and control or cost savings and convenience.

Clearing out the falsehoods is the first step to fully understanding the capabilities offered by automation technology. A smart home may fit your family and budgetary needs, so make sure you give the technology a closer look before writing it off.

With the myths busted, check out Vivint and their services to learn more about what home automation offers.