Not All Smart Homes Are Created Equally – Things To Consider When Choosing Your Smart Home System
Choosing which Smart Home System to add to your home can be a huge decision especially with all the different brands and different smart products available right now. Literally there are so many different kinds of smart devices on the market right now – smart lights, smart thermostats, smart plugs, smart speakers, smart plugs.. the list goes on…
In addition to choosing the right smart devices for your impending connected home there’s also some other important things you may have not considered in your decision process. Advantage Air have made things easy for and provided a list of points we think you need to consider before committing to a smart home system.
Beware of the hidden fees!
Subscription fees, ongoing maintenance fees and installation fees are just a few ways companies can trick you into paying more than you thought you were going to before you committed. We don’t want you to get caught out with all the clever marketing tactics and appealing lower price points that end up costing you more than you thought. Before you sign your name anywhere make to enquire about all the fees involved so you aren’t shocked when you’re hit with a huge bill that you legally have to pay.
Don’t pay for what you don’t need
Sometimes less is more when it comes to choosing your smart home system. It’s easy to get wrapped up in all the added features, smart home devices and the smart home gadgets you could potentially have in your home – smart light switches, smart locks, smart window blinds, smart lighting, smart tv and many more. With all these devices to choose from don’t feel like you have to have everything right now. We suggest really thinking about will bring the most value to your life now and what can you realistically afford. It’s also important to note that some smart home systems do also let you add extra devices later on, which gives you more freedom. Essentially, this way you can literally let your smart home system grow as you do.
When making your decision we suggest that you have your expectations all figured out this way companies can’t take advantage of you and trick you into buying things you don’t need. There’s also plenty of information online as well as buying guides that can help you find exactly what you need.
Don’t feel restricted by your smart home
Having remote access to your smart home system allows you to have more freedom over where you can control your home from and how you can control it, whether it’s an app on your phone or the inbuilt control hub. Without having this freedom of control you can feel really restricted, as this feature can really bring a lot of value to your smart home experience. Think about the peace of mind knowing you’ve closed the garage door or the comfort of turning on the heating while getting to stay warm and cozy in your bed.
Make sure your smart home isn’t spying on you
It would be quite ironic that your own smart home which might have an inbuilt home security system to keep you safe is actually sharing your data beyond your home with others. In fact some smart homes with video enabled doorbells have been known to share the video footage it captures back to its developer. Knowing what your smart home is doing with your data is something you should consider when choosing which system to go with.
What about a smart home system like MyPlace?
MyPlace is an Australian designed and manufactured smart home system, that is affordable, reliable, has useful functions, and is easy to use. Importantly it is supported by our in-house support team who are available for you Mon to Fri, 7am to 7pm AEST, with technicians in your capital city that can attend your home should a site visit be required. With longer than industry standard warranty policies, and labour included, a MyPlace system is a reliable, smart choice with no hidden costs which helps you achieve a truly affordable smart home.