Smart homes have become increasingly popular in recent years. In fact, 69% of American homes already have one or two smart home devices already. As a New Jersey homeowner, you might even have considered smart home automation, not only because it’s convenient, but also because it increases the resale value of your property.
If you’re still on the fence about making the switch, getting to know the major pros and cons of smart homes can be helpful.
Pros of smart home technology
- Convenience and savings
There’s no doubt that smart homes are more convenient than conventional homes. You can easily control all your smart appliances, lights, air conditioning, and heating using your smartphone. Doing so allows you to save a lot on utility bills.
- Improved safety
You can ensure your home is safe even if you’re away. Some smart home systems allow you to check and control your home’s security cameras from your phone or laptop. Other systems allow you to lock the doors and call the authorities to your home remotely, in case of intruders.
- Insurance benefits
As mentioned above, smart homes are more secure, so you can easily get discounts on insurance premiums for your property.
- More support for the elderly and folks with disabilities
Having the ability to control several smart home devices from where you are is especially helpful if you live with people who have mobility issues.
Cons of smart home technology
- Not everyone can easily grasp smart technology
There’s a learning curve for the uninitiated – and that’s alright. A smart home system may take some getting used to but practice makes perfect.
- Technology changes fast
The speed with which technology evolves may require you to upgrade your smart home devices every so often – not to mention the attendant costs of doing so.
- Compatibility may be an issue
Your smart devices at home may require different apps to control, so compatibility across devices may be an issue. Also, some homes may not have the capacity to support smart home automation. You may have to check in with a service provider before making the switch.
- Security and privacy concerns
Because smart home systems are connected to the internet, there is the possibility of having your home system hacked.
Smart home automation is convenient, but it may not be for everybody. If you wish to test the waters, you can simply install smart home devices that you’re only comfortable with. It’s also a good idea to research and inquire about the availability of the most recommended smart home systems around.
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