Pros and Cons of Having a Smart Home

There are many properties for sale, such as M City in Ampang. Have you recently just bought a house and thinking of creating a smart home? Having a smart home has recently become a trend, especially in the Western countries. Building a smart home today is not as intimidating or difficult as it initially seemed, but it does come with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. This article will guide you through the pros and cons of having a smart home. 

Pros 

  • Convenience of smart home

There is no doubt that smart home brings convenience to you, at anywhere, anytime. For example, having a smart home allows you to deal with electronic systems or gadgets from all over the place. You get to turn off the light, draw the shades or monitor security even when you are not at home. .

  • Efficiency of smart home

With just a single touch on your mobile phone application, you get to control a few systems or gadgets. With the assistance of smart devices, you get to operate certain systems, such as the cooling and heating systems, or turn off and on the lights with just a single touch. Not only it gives ore efficient procedure in handling systems at home, it also helps you to save on your electricity bill.

  • Making your home more entertaining and comfortable

The technology of smart home keeps you entertained as well. A smart home is also a great place to hang out and relax. Think artificial intelligence based digital assistants and connected speakers. These will allow you to play music, news or sports result anytime at your convenience. Furthermore, you get to control other connected devices easily as well. You do not have to move all over the house to perform various functions.

  • Security and safety

A smart home also gives you a peace of mind as you can utilize your smart devies to check on your house’s windows, doors and so on so forth. You get to check whether or not the gate is properly shut with the application you have on your smart device. 

Cons

  • Smart products are not always convenient

The ultimate goal of smart products is to bring convenience, or to make life easier. Ideally, having a smart home allows you to be less worry about cooking, doing laundry, making coffee, or even wasting energy, since everything will be automated. However, it is not as easy as it seems. Or rather, not as convenient as it seems.

For example, smart lighting. You install a smart lighting set to turn on the light automatically as you enter a room, and turns off as you leave. To install this set of smart lighting requires a lot of setups. Is it worth your time and effort to go through this setup process when flicking a light switch is as easy and takes probably, lesser than 3 seconds?

  • The convenience is not always worth it

While some smart products really keep up to their names and deliver their promises, some smart products fail. It works better as a gimmick than to truly deliver its usefulness. The robot vacuum is one of the best examples that the convenience is not always worth it. The Roomba model robot vacuum is selling at a price of approximately $300 to $1,000, whereas the traditional vacuum cleaner is only selling at the price of $30 to #100. Does it bring more convenience than a traditional vacuum cleaner? Maybe. Is the automation worth the difference in price? Not really. Many smart products that claim to “do it all” actually end up being subpar of what they advertised. 

  • Prone to abandonment

As the smart home industry is still in the infancy stage, chances of it being abandoned are high. Have you gotten a message from your smart television that says “app x will be discontinued effective…”? This indicates that some companies no longer want to support the smart television applications that you are using. This is because the smart home industry is rapidly changing, or improving. As they improve, certain applications or devices will inevitably be abandoned. 

We have also seen many smart products on Kickstarter, but they are not great enough to be promoted as a product worth buying. Many smart devices have gone through the release, then discontinue journey.

  • Security and privacy concerns

Although having a smart home does give you a sense of security and keep you safe, it does come with its disadvantage as well, in terms of privacy. What happens if your smart devices get hacked by hackers? Is your private conversation still private? Are they watching you through the smart television’s camera? The fears are still there hen it involves Internet connected devices. Anything that is connected to the Internet still stands a chance of being watched or eavesdropped. 

In conclusion, technology has definitely make life easier nowadays. Having a smart home is not as intimidating. Furthermore, building a smart home can be a really fun process. 



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