Ready to Invest In a Home Control System?
Here are 5 Questions You Should Consider
The time has come. You have been reading a lot about smart devices for the home and are thinking that you could benefit from smart home control technology. And from what you have seen, there are a lot of things to consider. Where do you start?
We’re here to help. With over two decades of experience in custom integration in the Portland area, we have our share of projects under our belt, from one room home theaters to whole-house entertainment and automation.
Over the years, we have heard many questions and concerns from our clients, and we want to share with you some of the top things you should be thinking about – and asking us – on your path to making an informed decision about smart home control.
How Much Automation Do I Need or Want?
Everyone’s lifestyle is different. Smart home technology can automate lighting, climate control, motorized shades, entertainment systems, and other functions. You don’t need to do it all at once. If the jumble of remotes for all your media room electronics is a pain point, you can start by automating that with an elegant one-remote solution. If you’re more concerned about energy usage, perhaps a smart thermostat and motorized shades would be a higher priority. The beauty of these systems is that they are modular; you don’t have to do everything at once. And even if you start with only one area, we can show you ways to make it all work together better – like lights that automatically dim when you watch a movie.
Is My House Going to Get Ripped Apart To Install This?
There are minimally invasive ways of installing home automation and smart entertainment technology. In fact, depending on the age of your home, you may already have existing wiring that can be leveraged, like network wiring. For example, for lighting control, we can often retrofit to existing wiring and add smart controls through wireless keypads and controllers.
Will Home Automation Be Costly?
Indeed, there will be an upfront investment, but there are efficiencies to be gained that can save you money in the long run. Lighting control for inside and outdoor lights can make more efficient use of light and save money on both energy and bulb replacement. Smart climate control can automatically engage energy saving modes when you are away. And security cameras and smart sensors that protect your home could earn you discounts on insurance bills.
Will Automation Make My Home More Complicated?
Our intent is that automation works for you, and not the other way around. We can design a system tailored to your specific preferences. Do you like using a smartphone or a tablet to control everything? We can do that. Do you prefer having actual buttons on a wall-mounted keypad to do specific functions? We can do that too. Would you like to be able to control lights with just a voice command? That is certainly possible. And if you want all of those options or some combination of those, it is all possible.
If I Invest In A System Now, Will It Be Obsolete in Three Years?
Technology does move quickly in smart home control and devices. However, the top-tier home automation technology partners that we work with have a long history of developing systems that last for years, as well as enhancing older systems with new features and devices via software updates. Plus, since they’re modular, you can add to your system as you add devices and functions, rather than have to throw the old system out and start over.
When you are ready to move forward, we’re here to help you with all your smart home questions. Reach out to our team of home control experts today!