Choosing the Right Technology to Upgrade Your Home
In addition to their convenience, the home automation features provided by smart technology can help make your home more energy efficient. You can also more effectively monitor your home security, which gives you additional peace of mind. On the downside, although the price of smart devices and systems have generally decreased in recent years, they do require an upfront investment. And some homeowners may not be comfortable with incorporating the relatively complex technology into their lifestyles.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Smart Technology
Consideration of the following factors can help you determine if smart technology is right for you and your home, as well as which smart devices will best meet your need:
• Is retrofitting required? You may need to retrofit your home to accommodate smart devices. Depending on what type of smart devices and systems you wish to install, this could turn into a major and potentially expensive process.
• Appropriate device selection: There are many types of smart devices on the market these days — and you might not need every type of device for your home. For example, if your home is already extremely energy efficient, it could be hard to justify the cost of installing a remotely controlled programmable thermostat. On the other hand, if you travel frequently or spend a lot of time away from home, a smart home security system can hold significant value.
• *Choose the right features: *Like most electronic products, smart devices are available with a wide variety of features, many of which you might not need. You can keep your costs low by choosing products that don’t have a lot of extra bells and whistles that don’t give you any real benefits.
• System integration: The most effective smart home technology systems include devices that are fully integrated, allowing them to work seamlessly together. For instance, if an intruder trips a motion sensor on your property, this can also trigger the activation of flood lights and even sound an alarm to frighten the intruder away. Thus, your system design should also consider the compatibility of the devices you wish to include.
• Do you need professional assistance?: The setting up of a smart home technology system can be a complicated process, especially if you’re not technologically savvy. You may need to call a professional to help with the process, especially if your system contains multiple devices that require integration.
If you’re planning to install smart technology in your upstate South Carolina home, SK Builders can provide help with any related home remodeling you may need. Contact us for more information today!