Home automation systems make it simple to remotely access everything you need to make your home comfortable and inviting:
- Wireless speakers and video systems to listen to music or enjoy your favorite movie in your home theater,
- Lighting that will turn on and off at set intervals, according to dawn/sunset, or based upon whether or not you’re in a room,
- Window treatments that can open and close at the touch of a button,
- Surveillance systems to notify you when an intruder sets foot on your property,
- Easy-to-control thermostats you can monitor and change via your smartphone,
- And more!
With all these options available, it can be difficult to know where to start with a limited budget. The good news is that these systems are all expandable, so you can add functionality to your home automation as your financial flexibility allows. Here are some questions to help you prioritize your investment:
- What is your reason for wanting an automated system? There are a number of reasons consumers choose to automate their homes: for some, the goal is to assist elderly or disabled family members to live life more comfortably, others hope to increase the resale value of their homes, while yet others simply want to enjoy the convenience of accessing music from any room of their homes. Your reason for choosing home automation will guide your decisions about the systems you want to install first.
- Are there conditions specific to your community that are relevant to home automation benefits? For example, homes that are in severe climate and experience extreme hot or cold temperatures may greatly benefit from automated window coverings and thermostat systems. Those living in higher crime areas or remote environments may place a greater priority on surveillance systems.
- How stable is your existing Internet networking system? Most systems are set up to operate using your home’s Wi-Fi network. Alternatively, some components can be hard wired as needed. If your home doesn’t have a stable network already established, or if you do not have reliable service from your Internet provider, you may need to invest a few dollars to upgrade this first. While this is typically not a reason to avoid moving to home automation, you will want to discuss the situation with your home automation vendor to make sure you allocate the right resources.
- What are your “need to haves” versus your “nice to haves”? As you start building your wish list, be sure to consider which home automation services you really need to fulfill your reason for wanting the system in the first place. If you’re trying to reduce utility expenses, then it’s important not to be swayed into installing new wireless speakers throughout your home right away.
- How much money do you have to spend? Realistically it will be difficult to rest and relax in your newly automated home if installation left you with a hefty credit card bill. Consider how much you can comfortably spend initially, and then how much you think you can budget for in another 6 months or a year for future additions. Be sure to communicate your budget with your vendor and hold firm so you don’t end up spending more than you can really afford.
Need Help Deciding Where to Start with Home Automation?
Our Accurate Electronic Interiors team members can help assess your needs and establish a plan to fit your budget. Just give us a call or stop by today to learn more about our home automation systems. With one user-friendly application, AEI provides the power to control everything in your home. We have the expertise to design and install a complete system your entire family will enjoy.