10 Smart Home Myths Debunked

If you still haven’t committed to the idea of automating
your home, maybe that’s in part because of some myths flying around about the
industry.

Well, today, we’ll get directly down to business in an attempt to strip away these misconceptions about smart home products so you can make the best decision.

  1. Home Automation Is Just Too Expensive
  2. You Need To Be Extremely Tech-Savvy To Use Smart Devices
  3. Everyone Must Have a Smart Home at All Costs
  4. You Don’t Have Any Privacy In a Smart Home
  5. It’s Not a Worthwhile Investment Creating a Connected Home
  6. All Smart Devices Are Just Gimmicks
  7. You Can Only Get Smart Devices From Amazon or Google
  8. All The Devices You Buy Will Instantly Work Together
  9. You’ll Make Huge Savings With a Smart Thermostat
  10. You Need To Go All-In With Whole-House Smart Lighting

1) Home Automation Is Just Too Expensive

Perhaps the leading disincentive for people resistant to home automation is the thought it will be cripplingly expensive.

Being cripplingly expensive is absolutely not the
case.

The first thing to get straight is that you’ve got no need
whatsoever to buy everything at once. Most people don’t.

To get started smartening up your home, you can spend well
under $100 for a home
hub
. This will act as the foundation of your ecosystem and help compatible
devices to work in harmony.

Throw in a smart speaker like an Echo device or Google
Home speaker
, and you’ve got the makings of hands-free control at a very
reasonable price.

From here, simply build in additional devices as and when
that fits your budget.

If you only have modest ambitions for a connected home, you
really won’t be spending much at all.

2) You Need To Be Extremely Tech-Savvy To Use Smart Devices

Another common myth that acts as a barrier to some people
adopting smart technology is the idea it will all be too complicated.

The vast majority of devices are wireless and exemplify
plug-and-play simplicity.

All you’ll need to do is download an app for your
smartphone. If you prefer the idea of using voice commands, add a smart speaker
into the mix.

Once you’ve got your device connected to your home WiFi
network – just follow simple onscreen instructions in-app – you’ll be free to
control your devices any way you like.

And that, in essence, is the extent of the tech skills
required.

Sure, some wired thermostats that need hooking up to an HVAC
system call for a little more expertise. Be honest, though, wouldn’t you just
call in an electrician?

Some ecosystems are easier to get on with than others. If
you’re looking for a user-friendly entry point to home automation, why not look
into creating an Insteon
ecosystem
? Do so, and you’ll get a great connected home that’s a dream to
navigate and incredibly reliable into the bargain. Apple HomeKit, by contrast,
can be a little trickier to implement and master.

3) Everyone Must Have a Smart
Home at All Costs

Some people feel pressured into automating their home even
if it doesn’t make sense. Don’t fall for this idea that you absolutely need a smart home at all costs.

While home automation can undeniably make your life easier, safer, and more convenient, that doesn’t mean connected devices form the best fit for everyone.

If you’re renting an apartment, for example, it only doesn’t make sense to start installing hardwired devices. Your landlord might not even be amenable to you making such changes.

We always advise anyone considering a foray into home
automation to take plenty of time at the planning stage before launching into
buying mode. Ask yourself what you’re hoping to achieve from investing in a
smart home. Be confident enough to resist if it doesn’t make the best solution
for you.

4) You Don’t Have Any Privacy In a Smart Home

You could be forgiven for taking a very dim view of security and privacy within a connected home. Over the past couple of years, several significant security breaches involving compromised data have made it clear you need to take precautions.

It’s simply not true, though, that you can’t enjoy any
privacy in a connected home.

If you’re particularly conscious about this, avoid any
devices with a camera or microphone. If you remove audio and video from the
equation, you’re highly unlikely to find yourself, victim, to any kind of cyber
attack.

As with all aspects of home automation, if you plan carefully, then there’s no reason not to feel completely safe and sound within your smart home.

5) It’s Not a Worthwhile Investment Creating a Connected Home

Well, this point of view is often forwarded by those
resistant to spending out on home automation. This depends, really, on how you
consider an investment…

For us, the investment in any smart device has an immediate ROI. Whether it makes your life quicker, safer, or more accessible, there’s usually an instant payload.

Beyond this, a particular smart home tech can increase both the desirability and overall price if you’re looking to sell your home.

If you do not intend to sell your house, then you clearly benefit from continuing to use those smart devices yourself.

So, we’d have to argue that this point of view about smart
home gear making a bad bet isn’t entirely accurate.

6) All Smart Devices Are Just Gimmicks

While the stance that smart tech is nothing but gimmickry is
beginning to fade, there are still plenty of skeptics who question the value of
connected devices.

Here at Smarthome, we’ll always steer you clear of gadgets that fail to deliver. In the bulk of cases, though, a connected kit fulfills many useful functions.

Often, people pushing this point of view have a limited
understanding of domotics. Perhaps they’re confusing it with robotics. If you
set aside the more fanciful bleeding edge of home automation, the average
device you’ll find is highly useful.

Next time you’re approaching your door with your hands full of shopping, and it opens for you automatically, ask yourself if that smart lock is a gimmick.

Same thing if a carbon monoxide sensor or leak sensor saves you from an accident and an insurance claim.

7) You Can Only Get Smart Devices From Amazon or Google

When it comes to the aggressively competitive smart speaker
vertical, Amazon and Google dominate.

Echo devices in their many shapes and forms, along with Google Home speakers, serve up the most famous pair of digital assistants in the form of Alexa and Google Assistant.

How about beyond hands-free control, then?

Well, Amazon continues to forge ahead with a glut of
products announced at the recent hardware event complementing some acquisitions
and an ever-growing stable of smart home products.

Google has also rebranded Nest, so you’ve now got the all-new Google Nest serving up all your needs for your connected home.

There are, though, far more significant players in the smart home industry, so you’ll be free to choose your video doorbell, security system or garage door opener from a full roster of reputable brands beyond the big two above.

8) All The Devices You Buy Will Instantly Work Together

Many novices to home automation have been instantly
hamstrung by buying a clutch of different devices at random expecting them all
to work smoothly together.

For all the manifold benefits of smart devices, they lack
any real unified standard.

Once you start investigating devices, you’ll be confronted
with different communication protocols like Zigbee
and Z-Wave
. You’ll also find protocols like Insteon, WiFi, and Bluetooth,
so interoperability is far from assured.

You’ll also typically find you need a home hub to get these
devices singing from the same sheet.

So, if you’re a novice and you’re expecting that everything
works together from the get-go, you might end up slightly disappointed.

9) You’ll Make Huge Savings With a Smart Thermostat

This myth is mainly propagated by manufacturers of smart
thermostats who trumpet savings of 25% or more.

Frankly, this is an unrealistic estimate that leads to disappointment. We’d say you’re far more likely to expect a reduction in your electricity usage by around 10%. This is an excellent little reduction, but we’re not talking about enormous sums of money here.

10) You Need To Go All-In With Whole-House Smart Lighting

Smart lighting is one of the most popular entry-points for home automation, but it can also be costly and complicated.

If you’re going to roll out switches across the whole house,
costs and installation expenses can spiral.

It’s also quite likely you’ll need to call in an
electrician.

Start slowly if you want to experiment with smart lighting.
Get a few bulbs first and see how you fare.

Final Word

Well, we hope we’ve managed to explore some commonplace
smart home myths today. If you’re thinking of treating yourself to a new
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