In part one of this multi-part blog series, we dug into a few of the most pervasive myths out there today surrounding smart home and home automation technology. As these areas have exploded in popularity in recent years, sadly several misconceptions have also sprung up regarding them.
At AVI Systems, our team of home automation professionals is here to set you straight on any of those silly rumors you may have heard – myths that may impact both your desire and ability to obtain the right smart home features to meet your needs. What are some of the other common pieces of misinformation we tend to hear when it comes to smart homes and home automation? Here are a few more, plus corrections to ensure you have the proper information with which to make any smart home decisions.
It’s Not a Good Investment
When it comes to any purchase you make for your home, you care about the return on investment, or ROI. While ROI is often expressed numerically in terms of monetary value, it may also be realized in themes like day-to-day convenience, home safety and others.
For some reason, some appear to believe that smart home features don’t qualify here – and for the life of us, we can’t figure out why. Home automation services bring fantastic ROI, often both lowering your immediate day-to-day costs while also upping your home value in a major way. Smart homes hold massive value on the market if you ever consider selling, so it’s entirely unreasonable to call these a bad investment.
There are some who believe that behemoth companies like Amazon and Google are the only ones you can use for home automation, and are reticent if they don’t like working with these tech giants for whatever reason. However, these folks are making a simple mistake: Confusing smart home features with smart speakers – the latter of which are, indeed, dominated by Amazon and Google in the form of Alexa and Google Assistant.
Smart home features, however, are much more detailed and complex. While you may look to integrate your smart home with one of these products, you do not have to whatsoever. There are numerous other players in the smart home industry offering products like video doorbells, home security, garage door systems, home lighting and plenty more – you do not have to worry about having limited options.
It’s All a Gimmick
One myth that’s beginning to finally fade out, but is still present in some circles, is the idea that the entire world of smart home technology is a gimmick. Frankly, this view tends to be mostly held by those who don’t really understand home automation tech – they may think “smart home” actually refers to robots or some other strange form of tech when this isn’t close to true. There’s nothing gimmicky about smart home features – they make your life both safer and more convenient, plus often cut significant amounts from home operation costs.
For more on debunking the myths surrounding smart homes and home automation, or to learn about any of our home automation, surveillance systems and other smart home systems, speak to the staff at AVI Systems today.