3 Big Misconceptions about Home Automation
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“Smart technology” is becoming an integral part of everyday life, especially in a tech hub like Portland, Oregon. And yet many homeowners are still hesitant to join the home automation movement, making their properties more efficient, comfortable, and secure through custom electronics. Why is that? Perhaps it’s because they don’t have a clear idea of what automation is or how it can benefit them. To help debunk some of the misconceptions out there, we’ve listed the top myths about custom home electronics. Keep reading to see if you’ve got a solid understanding of automation.
Misconception One: All Smart Homes Have an Ultra-Modern Look
It’s easy to see how this stereotype got started. TV shows and movies tend to hype up the modern technology by creating chrome overload in living spaces. The Jetsons’ house might be neat looking, but it’s not an accurate representation of true home automation (at least not yet).
Instead, custom electronics systems enhance the existing look and feel of your home. If you’re going for a contemporary or traditional look, the technology can blend in seamlessly, and in many cases, cut down on the number of remotes and devices. Of course, if modern is what you want, the technology can fit into that style too.
Misconception Two: Automation is Only for Technology Pros
Not exactly true. While automation does require basic levels of technical acumen, if you know how to use a smartphone, you can take advantage of automation’s full capabilities. This misconception often stems from a lack of understanding about what automation systems actually do. The short answer is that they allow you to control all of the aspects of your home, such as the lights or window shades, without any manual effort.
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What this means is that you can have a technology professional set up your system to work in the background, seamlessly, without you ever having to a lift a finger. In the mornings, the window shades will rise automatically, the thermostat will adjust to keep your home at just the right temperature, and your whole house audio system will start your favorite playlist.
The other thing to consider is that the platform running all of your “smart” devices is designed to be super easy to use. You don’t have to jump through hoops just to change the channel on your TV or pull up a music station. Instead, tap the relevant button on the touchscreen (like TV, Security, or Climate), and the system will walk you through the options. Your technology integration company can even preset your favorite settings as custom scenes like “Goodbye,” which prepares your home when you leave by turning out the lights, lowering the window shades, arming the security system, etc.
Misconception Three: Automation isn’t Beneficial Enough to be Worth the Investment
Since automation technology is so cool, it’s easy to think that it’s superficial—a way to make your home look more impressive. And while that’s true, there are many other benefits to adding custom electronics to your property.
For example, the technology can help reduce your monthly energy bill and promote sustainability. The thermostat, HVAC, lights, and motorized shades all work together to take advantage of natural light and keep your home cool in the summer and warm in winter with minimal energy usage.
That same technology can work to keep you and your family safe. Combining surveillance cameras, landscape lighting, remote-controlled door locks, we can create a system that monitors your home and even reacts to protect your property. If an issue is detected, you can get notifications on your smartphone. All the lights can turn on to provide ample brightness for your surveillance camera footage.
These are just a few examples. Interior design, media control, and more—the best uses of home automation are the ones that are personalized to fit your lifestyle.
We hope that these explanations give you a better understanding of how an automation system can complement your home. If you’d like to see this technology in action, give us a call at (503) 598-7380 or fill out this quick questionnaire. Whether you’re in Portland, Bend, or Vancouver, we’re ready to design the perfect technology system for you.