Computer-based home automation is becoming a lot more common than you might think. And implementing this technology is no more complicated than connecting any other USB device to your computer. So it goes without saying that the typical price tag has dropped considerably over the years, and is within reach of the average household.
But even though when it comes to home automation, price is not a huge problem, many people do harbor the stereotypical impression that this technology is something reserved only for the elite, with a lot of money to burn. After all, who needs to control a toaster oven or a coffee maker from your computer, right?
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In reality, though, having a smart home offers a lot of practical applications to solve some of the common problems of daily life:
Many people may object to home automation, pricing being irrelevant to the discussion, as being a frivolous waste of our technical resources that should otherwise be spent on solving other more critical problems in the world today, rather than on this seemingly “luxurious” expenditure. But the fact of the matter is that smart homes are of great benefit to many classes of people.
- The elderly, the handicapped, or the disabled can benefit from having a smart home. Opening and closing blinds, managing room fans, thermostats, locking and unlocking doors and running lawn water sprinklers are just a few examples of the home functions that can be managed centrally from a smart home system. When it comes to the empowerment afforded to the elderly by home automation, price is not an issue.
- When it comes to home automation, price should never trump personal security. If you have a valuable estate that requires physical security and protection, then a smart home system can provide the security that you need. It can manage windows, doors, locks, gates, surveillance cameras, alarm systems, and 911 emergency calls. A This bodes true both for residential as well as commercial properties that require security.
- Child proofing is another practical application of home automation. Price should never be an issue when it comes to your child’s safety. Computerized smart home systems can be leveraged to keep your child from getting into trouble. Managing things such as windows, blinds, door locks, and various electrical appliances to keep your child out of harm’s way, are part of what it means to be a parent. If you can automate the management of your home’s security, appliances, and environmental controls, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that your children will be safe.
- But what is the most common benefit that most people seek to gain through home automation? Price control over their electric bills, gas bills, and water and sewage bills. Obviously, with a smart home system, you would expect to be able to automate the opening and shutting of window blinds to prevent or to allow sunlight into your house as needed for temperature control. You would also expect to be able to automate the management of your thermostat, as well as the heating and cooling of water.
Some people may seek to criticize home automation, citing examples where people have become the victims of, or who have been literally held hostage to, their own smart home systems. They seek to cite this as evidence to further their argument negating the benefits of having a smart home.
But the fact of the matter is that home automation, as with any technology, has its own risks and rewards. Most smart home systems come with full support from the vendors who supply them.
How does a smart home system work? You can control your thermostat, your lights, your home security system, your windows, your window blinds, your appliances, from your computer, using wireless USB adaptors that act as “circuit breakers” to control the functionality and operability of your appliances.
In so far as home automation price is concerned, a typical homeowner can set up and configure home automation using wireless Z-Wave technology for as little as $400 to $600.