Before You Jump Into Home Automation, Set Some Objectives

Anyone who wants to jump into the smart home space can. It is not that hard to get started. Buy yourself a smart speaker and a couple of smart light fixtures and you are on the road to creating an entire smart home ecosystem. But before doing so, it might be a wise idea to set some objectives.


As someone who makes a living by writing online content, I tackle all sorts of projects ranging from blog posts to white papers to press releases. I start each new project by assessing my objectives. What do I want to accomplish with this? Who am I trying to reach? How can I best get my message across?


Setting objectives in the smart home space is similar. If I were embarking on a full smart home implementation, I would first assess what I hope to achieve. I would also consider how much I want to spend. Finally, I would consider the long-term potential of my current smart home vision.


The Big 3 Reasons


Consumers point to all sorts of reasons for buying smart home devices. But when it comes to complete smart home integration, the ‘big 3’ reasons for doing so are as follows:


1. Increased Home Security


Before there was home automation, home security already enjoyed healthy support among consumers. Home security has been a thing since the 1970s. It is still an important consideration today. People with no smart home devices decide to get involved because they want safer homes. What types of devices do they invest in? According to Vivint Smart Home, the most common security-related devices are:


  • Wireless video cameras.
  • Doorbell cameras.
  • Entry sensors.


Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are also key components for security-minded consumers. Both can be fully integrated with a smart home system for better protection against fires and CO leaks.


2. Increased Energy Efficiency


The second reason is increasing energy efficiency. Prior to home security and smart home automation being integrated, energy efficiency was a primary selling point for smart home designers. People interested in greater energy efficiency are more likely to invest in:


  • Smart thermostats.
  • Smart lighting.
  • Automated irrigation.


The key to maximizing energy efficiency is automation. As an added bonus, smart devices can be accessed remotely. A homeowner can be even more efficient by remotely modifying thermostat programming to account for changes in the daily schedule.


3. Increased Convenience


The third and final reason for investing in smart home tech is increased convenience. The smart lock offers a perfect illustration. With a remotely accessible smart lock, you do not need keys to get into a locked house. You can get in by unlocking the door with your phone, entering a PIN on a keypad, or via a biometric scanner.


Not having to worry about house keys is pretty convenient. But let us go one step further. Imagine stepping in the front door and uttering the command, “turn on downstairs lights.” Your home instantly responds without you having to touch a single light switch. How convenient is that?


Your Objectives Set the Stage


The point of all of this is to say that your objectives set the stage for planning a smart home installation that meets your needs and fits your budget. Without setting objectives, you might find yourself throwing money away in a system that ultimately doesn’t work for you.


Needless to say that there are smart home devices and systems for every budget. If you are planning to embark on your own smart home journey this year, set some objectives first. You will be happy you did once your system starts coming together.

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Scarlett Rae Coleman: Scarlett, a residential architect, shares design ideas, architectural trends, and tips for planning a home remodel.