A: A smart home’s devices are connected with each other and can be accessed through one central point—a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or game console. Door locks, televisions, thermostats, home monitors, cameras, lights, and even appliances such as the refrigerator can be controlled through one home automation system.
A: Home automation can streamline household tasks, secure the home and even save money on utilities. Smart thermostats cost an average of $200, and save homeowners around $140 per year on their energy bill, meaning it could pay for itself within just two years.
A: Home automation does increase home value. More and more people want smart home functionality in their next homes. If your house is equipped with smart tech, you can most likely raise your asking price. You should work with a licensed real estate agent, though, to ensure your price falls within what the market can bear.
A: A smart home is a home that is equipped with technology to remotely control and automate household systems like lighting, doors, thermostats, entertainment systems, security alarms, surveillance cameras and other connected appliances. But it’s more than just remote controls.
A: All you have to do is plug in the Z-Wave or Zigbee stick into the Hubitat to have your devices connected for complete local access. Other smart home hub options include Wink and SmartThings. These too can offer the same level of local connectivity without needing the internet.
A: Adding a smart security system can be the first step to making your older home fully automated. Basic home security systems include everything from internal and external surveillance to mobile alerts and alarms, plus automated lighting and lock solutions.
A: Smart plugs are a simple way to automate the wired devices in your home. To set it up, all you have to do is plug it into an outlet and then connect it to your Wi-Fi network by following the directions in the compatible app on your phone or tablet.
A: Smart devices are interactive electronic gadgets that understand simple commands sent by users and help in daily activities. Some of the most commonly used smart devices are smartphones, tablets, phablets, smartwatches, smart glasses and other personal electronics.
A: As with any internet-connected device, smart homes are at risk of getting hacked. Each connected device notifies its corresponding app when it’s being used, sending a digital fingerprint to the router. Hackers monitoring your router can learn about your daily schedule and view videos/images of you or maps of your home.
A: You can expect to use somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 MB each month depending on manufacturer.