With half of US consumers owning at least one smart home device (and this number expected to grow exponentially), smart home automation is becoming more and more popular. The once futuristic idea of a home that responds to your commands is becoming more achievable every year. It’s no longer just a luxury for the mega-rich. Despite the growing popularity, many people view smart homes as ‘just a fad’ or a ‘cool party trick’ rather than a necessity. Here at TSP Smart Spaces, we’ve been installing smart homes for over a decade, and we’d like to dispel a few popular home automation myths for you.
1. Aren’t smart homes just a fad?
Smart homes are here to stay. The idea of the smart home has existed since the Jetsons were popular in the 1960s but wasn’t achievable until the late 1990s and early 2000s. Since their introduction, they have only increased in popularity. This happened as homeowners realized they could achieve this once futuristic idea in their own homes. Today, there are 175 million smart homes globally. The US is expected to have 63 million connected homes by 2022*. As technology ingratiates itself further into our everyday lives, smart homes are set to become the standard of living before long.
homes in the world use smart home technology as of 2021*
2. I don’t want to install unattractive hardware in my home
Smart home technology has tremendously evolved since its introduction, and one of the areas showing the most improvement is product design. Industry leaders such as Basalte and Lutron produce products that are handcrafted and indistinguishable from beautiful works of art. Keypads inspired by Finoacci or emulate the keys of a piano are available in various finishes, bringing luxury that melds your home’s design to your technology solutions.
Look no further than Amina Sound and their patented invisible speakers for homeowners looking for a completely hidden solution. Amina’s speakers are completely concealed inside your walls, and ceilings deliver impeccable sound that has to be heard to be believed.
At TSP, we believe that your home’s design should influence the technology, not the other way around.
3. I don’t really need it
While this may be true for some, most residential homeowners find that smart space automation is more than a cool party trick. It enhances their lives in a variety of ways, from time savings to security.
If you have a large home with plenty of windows, you likely spend an excessive amount of time opening and closing shades or blinds and turning on and off lights throughout the day. With home automation, you can simplify your life by leaving this all to a touch of a button. You can also let your home do this for you automatically in conjunction with the sun and outside temperature.
Smart homes also provide an added layer of security to your life. Smart security systems feature discreet cameras that you can access via your TV, remote, or phone. This allows you to not only control who can access your home but see who has attempted to gain entry at any time of day. According to a recent survey of smart home users, 72% of those who responded say their home feels safer after installing a smart security system.
of people say that their home feels safer after installing a smart security system*
4. I don’t want to have to use my phone all the time
Just as most of us have our preferences about what color we want to paint our walls or finishes on our floors, we also have our preferences for how we’d like to control our smart home.
Whether you prefer to operate your entire home through a single smart remote, or you’d prefer to treat your smart home like your personal butler and control it through your voice, your smart home is built the way you want. Solutions like Amazon Alexa, Josh.ai, the Savant Pro X2 Remote, and personalizable keypads from Basalte and Lutron have brought your options for control to new heights.
Smart home technology even allows for schedules and automations to be set, taking the guesswork out of controlling your home and allowing it to operate itself according to your preferences. Smart home automation puts the power of your home in your hands.
5. I Can Just Do it Myself
Amazon Alexa and Google Home have created various products that boast the ability to be installed in minutes. Everything from doorbells and cameras to speakers and lights are available for the average person to purchase and install.
These DIY solutions work great for small homes or apartments. But as things get bigger and you use more types of products, we recommend bringing in the experts. A home automation integrator will install all of your products in a way that prepares you for the future and ensures that your solutions work the way you expect them to, every time.
Working with an integrator
By working with an integrator, you can ensure that your many disparate systems work together. This allows your home to be controlled the way you want it to. Integrators often work with clients to install lighting from Ketra, shades from Lutron, speakers from Amina, smart TVs from LG, security from 2N USA… the list goes on and on! What makes them so important is their ability to bring all of these systems together into a single ecosystem so that you can control everything in your home intuitively and logically. At TSP, we take it a step further. We provide cyber security solutions for your smart devices and network backed by decades of IT experience. Our award-winning smart home support ensures that when things go wrong, we’re there to fix things, often before you even realize there’s an issue.
If you have any questions about our process or any of the above or have often heard something about smart home automation you’d like more information on, please contact us! Smart home technology is our passion, and we’d love to show you how it can benefit your life. Want to see some of our work in action? Take a look at some of our favorite residential projects, such as this Modern Masterpiece built on the coast of Iceland, this garage unit transformed into a Golfer’s Paradise, or this Art-Deco Mansion in Boston’s Back Bay.