Did you know the smart home market is currently sitting at $99.4 billion, with a growing rate of 12% a year??
Wow, that’s 34.3% of North America that has upgraded or built their homes to be automated in the last 10 years.. for newer technology, that’s sure becoming popular! But with all the excitement around the power of smart homes and how popular they are, is it worth making the switch? Because let’s be honest, It’s very very expensive and can be too complicated to install for the average joe…without the help of a professional. So let’s dive into it and see if making the switch to a Smart Home in 2022 is a good or bad decision for you…
How Does Home Automation Work?
Ok, I know we pretty much all know the basics of home automation, turn off lights from your phone, timers, voice command, heating and air conditioning, Yada-Yada… that’s the fun parts which we will get to. But first, how the heck does all of this “fun stuff” work? The truth is, we would be here all day if we went through it all, so let’s cover the basics for a brief understanding.
Home automation uses a network of hardware and user interface to control parts of your home that are connected to WI-FI. Controllers (Phones, Tablets, Remotes) send signals via WI-FI to actuators. Actuators are essentially motors, light switches and valves that activate the house to do things depending on the command given. Commands can also be sent to actuators via sensors. A sensor can do things like sense time, temperature, light and movement. Appliances and computers in your house connect to controllers via IoT which stands for “Internet of Things”. The appliance sends out an IoT signal which the device can connect to, then control it via IoT.
What things can be automated in my home?
Well, with rising technology so many different things can be automated in your home on so many different levels. The craziest example is Bill Gates’ house which is famous for its incredible automation features. Carrying a personalized chip on the person as they walk through the house, it can detect it, turning off lights ahead of the person walking and slowly dimming them behind them as they walk… and everyone else’s chip has different preferences! The smart home picks this up and makes the lighting a perfect in-between preference for both chips in the room. The chips will even let music and what you’re watching on TV follow you around while you walk around the house. Ok, but that’s just above and beyond! It’s cool but also a tad overkill… assuming you are not a billionaire.
But here are some cool automation features for non-billionaires…
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Benefits of Automating Your Home
So you know of some pretty cool ways to automate your home… but what’s the point… what is all the hype about? The truth is, nobody NEEDS to automate their home, it is one of those things that is incredibly helpful to have but not an everyday life necessity (for now at least). Can be set up using a device like “Amazon Alexa”, “Google Nest” or “Siri”
What should and should not be automated in my home?
The truth is, it’s your preference! It depends on how far you want to take the “Automation” in your home. Although there are certain things that people put in their house that are most popular when first switching over to home automation. The first thing is lights! These are the most popular when Smart Homes are installed. This is because of the power saving and convenience of being able to control them from your tablet or phone. The next most popular would be thermostats, being super handy to be controlled by a WI-FI signal and power savings is just a huge benefit! Things like “Google Nest” and Smart TVs are also very popular when it comes to the first few automation systems in your house.
What should not be automated in your house? This comes down to your budget and how much you want to spend because having automation in every nook and cranny of your house would be incredibly cool… but maybe not realistic. If you can’t justify spending more money on something like a washing machine to send a text when it’s done, it’s probably not worth putting something like that in. Although if you can… do it!
Is there any reason not to Automate my home?
Although there is all this talk about how amazing and cool automation is… like everything there are cons to it all. The first one is obvious…
Yes “home automation” and “Smart Homes” are very convenient and appealing to install in your home. But necessary?… It’s hard to justify it as a must. With technology getting better and cheaper I can see more and more homes having it, as this is where the future seems to be taking us at the moment. If you have the extra cash and are looking for a fun, trendy way to update your house, I would recommend trying some automation systems in your house. It is cool tech, and that is not a debate!
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