Home Automation Systems – Compare First, Buy Later
Today with the market flooded with different makes and models of home automation systems, consumers find it hard to choose a system that meets their budget and requirement. Should they opt for DIY home automation or choose a Linux home automation system? Listed below are easy ways to compare the different home automation solutions in the market and find one that meets your needs.
Entry Level – Mid Range – High End – Which one is you?
Before you can start reading reviews on different brands and shopping for smart home automation products, you need to find out how comfortable you are with technology. Most manufactures tout their products as being user friendly and that anyone can install it. But even the most basic system requires some degree of technical expertise. So once you determine your level of competence it will be easier to choose a system. For those with limited knowledge can opt for an entry level system. Most home automation systems will give you easy access to your lights, climate control and a few appliances.
If you are more technically savvy then you can go in for a mid level home automation system. Most companies integrate audio, video, lighting, shading, security and climate controls. Enjoy Android control, remote control or iPhone home automation.
Those willing to invest in high end or more advanced systems, the sky is the limit. You can pre-programme commands from your smartphone or issue voice commands from the next room or from a whole continent away. You can automate your door locks, alarm system, thermostats, lights, waters and all appliances on your home automation network. High-end automation systems send your text alerts and emails on recent activity and regular updates. You can even let people inside your home when you are not there with a simple click on your smartphone.
Once you decide which category you fall in, you need to choose a brand that offers good compatibility, functionality and excellent customer support. Compare different brands and choose a hardware controller that can control multiple devices in your home. This way you can upgrade your home automation system anytime you want. Make sure you choose a controller than supports different technologies.
Another important factor to consider while comparing home automation systems is to find out which is the most energy efficient system. Some home automation software allows you to create your own programmes that will help keep your home safer. Remote access allows you to monitor your home when you are away, motion sensors turn on lights as soon as motion is detected outside your front door or windows.
Even the most advanced home automation system will require technical assistance from time to time. So make sure you choose a brand that rates high in technical and customer support. This way whether you choose a DIY home automation system or hire professionals to install your system, you’ll know that help is just an email, phone call or SMS away.