Is being smart interesting for me and do I really need a smart home?
Smart homes not only a solution for mansions, but also for you
Whereas 5 years ago, the term “smart home” was mainly used by professionals, we can now see that it has found its way in the vocabulary of the end-users. With the new term, also the question “what do I need a smart home for?” has to be answered by all providers on constant basis. This article will try to make you understand that an investment in a smart home is useful and why this can also apply to a 3-bed room apartment.
Usual first step in order to have questions answered: “What does the internet say?”
Ask 10 questions and you get 10 different answers by people of different background. Same is the case, when you ask the internet, whether a smart home is the right or wrong choice for you.
In the article by Will Forsey, who asked the question “Do You Need A Smart Home?”, he focused on the following aspects:
Your home utility costs are out of control
You’re frequently away from your home or property [automatic functions to simulate presence + remote control].
Weather in your area is unpredictable.
You want to save [Decreasing utility bills and insurance discounts].
If at least one of these points addresses you, Will encourages to invest in a smart home!
Other articles suggest that the requirements for a smart home are already given. Almost everybody has a smart phone, running on either Google or Apple and everyone has access to the internet at home. The installation of a smart home is not complicated and even dummies can do it.
Smart Homes For Dummies, 3rd Edition, by Danny Briere, Pat Hurley
So, assuming that one of the points that Will mentioned in his article is applicable to you and the installation of a smart home can even be done by dummies, what prevents you from proceeding with turning your home into a smart home?
Internet research vs. reality
As with many articles on the internet, the written text just represents a fraction of the bigger picture. So does Will’s article focus on the Canadian market and many of the benefits, which he pointed out might not be applicable to you. And the installation for dummies becomes trickier, when you consider alone that on the cover we already see the term “short-distance wireless protocol” and the excerpt points out that you need 2 broadband connections at home and the – So the installation is not necessarily for dummies but more for people with an affection for electric appliences.
But what is the right perspective in order to answer the question, whether I need a smart home and the investment makes sense?
“The smart home has to adapt to you and not the other way around”
The tough part in order to be able to answer the question, whether you need a smart home or not, is to see the all-surrounding picture of opportunities a smart home can offer you. At the same time, we need to know, which solutions can offer an increased comfort to our life.
Basically, what we need to understand is in which areas a smart home will make our life easier, which is a tough task. For this, a system integrator near you can help you with identifying your needs and pointing out your individual benefits such as: