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What Are The Pros and Cons of Smart Tech Homes

“Nothing is perfect in this world, everything has its pros and cons.”

-Nivedita Sharma

There is no doubt in the fact that today technology has successfully etched an in-depth magnetic field around itself to an extent that we the tech users are forced to cling to its usability even without considering its pros and cons twice. Talking specifically about home automation or smart home technology, it has been observed that its peripheral attraction is such that somehow we convince our conscious mind to subconsciously own its related products for our comfort and also for societal status.

But as Nivedita Sharma has quoted above, everything in this world carries its own respective share of pros and cons. So why not study both the sides of the story and then conclude if we really need to make that story ours or not. I believe that will be a more wise and rational choice rather than an impulsive call (which is often considered regretful later).

So talking about home automation here is a list of its pros and cons:

PROS

Customization

Every home owns its individuality and so its owners also prefer customized home solutions. When it comes to smart tech homes, ease of customization is the most attractive feature related to any of its product. The unlimited customization and personalization level as offered by the smart home product makers is unimaginable. Depending on the geographical location of your home, the number of staying hours in your home, the amount of electricity usage, the temperature control, the product usability and more; smart home products offer almost 360-degree customization. So no more compromising with simply what is available in the market.

Ease of installation

Most of the home automation products available in the market are easy to install without any need for professional expertise. Smart home products are more dependent on internet connectivity than wires; which is one of the prime reasons why they are considered as an easy solution to home modification. Because of its this feature, often even those living in rental property are ready to spend their money on such products because they know that these are mobile products and can be very easily taken along when the premise is shifted. SO if you are educated enough to read the manuals and follow the instructions, you are eligible for self-helping yourself with most of the smart home product range as shown in our product update section.

Energy saving

Home automation products have come along a long journey on a scale of energy efficiency. Be it solar panels or thermostats or smart lights and fans, energy saving is one of the key merits attached to all the given range of products. Thermostats like Neststudy the lifestyle of its owner and adjusts the temperature of the home accordingly. Since these products are easily synced with the smartphone and tablets of its users, the person can access the on and off mode of the electricity even when he/she is geographically distant from the home. So in a way, smart home products minimize the stress level of an individual which beeps because of high electricity bills.

Convenience

How many of you agree that convenience is the prime need of our generation? Well, I do, because my shopping list often carries the products categorized into a comfort zone. Today there are smart lights, smart fansand more which can be customized simply through a single touch on our smartphone or tablet. Like the old days, we don’t need to get up from our couch for exercising or accessing each appliance or product in our abode. Our food is ready, water temperature in the shower is set, favourite music is on, room temperature is set, the moment we enter the home after a hectic day at work. Courtesy: smart home technology. Remote access is trending demand and need. Technology has reached the level of supremacy to an extent that it has synonymized the word ‘convenience’ as ‘essential’.

Security

Gone are the days, when a person would be stressed out of fear to leave his home all alone on a vacation. With advanced smart door locks, smart door sensors, smart doorbells and security camerathe individual is able to ensure the safety and security f his home, from any corner of this world. All he needs is good internet connectivity and a smartphone or tablet. In fact, remote monitoring is slowly and steadily becoming n integral part of the home security system.

CONS

Expensive

After considering all the above-mentioned pros related to home automation, you surely must have made up your mind to own a few selected products. But wait, dear fellas. All this comes at a cost, which is slightly on a higher side. Smart home products, for example, solar panels, are a great means to conserve energy and save on electricity bills, but all this advantage is spread over a specific number of its usage years. The money required to purchase and install the setup is big and does create a dent if not whole in your big pocket. So, the one time cost involved in the purchase of smart home automation products is often considered as an investment by many

Reliability issue

Smart home technology is very much dependent on wireless technology and internet connectivity. Weak signals or sudden internet failure can thereby raise concern regarding the proper functioning and reliability of these products as far as their programming and dependability are concerned. Not all, but few products require complete re-programming after suffering a power failure or battery drain out.

System compatibility

There are multiple smart tech products trending in the market. The list with us is also extensive. But one can not own all the products he /she desires to because of system compatibility issues. The smart tech home manufacturers come up with products that can be used only as part and parcel of their own set of integrated products. For the functioning of one product, you need to own their other hub products too. So in a way, it also adds to the overall cost of making your home smart. Also, the compatibility issues arise from location variation also.

Therefore, I would like to conclude that instead of impulsively jumping on to the bandwagon of smart home products, first act smart. Act smart to rationally evaluate the ups and downs of each product in terms of its customized usage and cost involved. And if the weight of its potential usage seems far better than the relative downside, then go for it. Be a happy dweller of your smart tech premise.