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Pros and Cons of Home Automation

September 29, 2016

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What solutions can home automation offer you? What are its downsides? No matter how good or bad something is, the best thing to do before deciding whether or not to incorporate it into your life is to evaluate its advantages and disadvantages. When it comes to home automation, a lot of people find it exciting considering the smart solutions it offers. But, is home automation really for you?

Home automation is a breakthrough in home convenience and security with everything easily connected and accessible with the touch of a button. You can turn on the lights, adjust the thermostat, activate the alarm, and even lock the doors from your mobile device or remote control.

Pros:

  • Convenience in simple household capabilities
  • Increased security when away from home or when under suspected threat
  • Energy savings by having more control over lights, water, and temperature
  • Increased home value
  • Attractive feature for first impression on guests or visitors
  • Remote access to home functionalities even when you are away
  • Better entertainment experience for the household
  • Integration of smart appliances

Cons:

  • High cost of installation
  • Expensive upfront cost of purchasing the entire automation system
  • Risk of incompatibility with existing systems at home
  • More complicated technology requiring time to learn how to operate
  • Risk of becoming obsolete over time, so potential of costly upgrades
  • Risk of being hacked by outsiders
  • Possible disruption of system due to external and internal damage
  • May not be functional during power outages

High cost of maintenance including subscription fees for most systems

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

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