Looking back at the last three decades, one sector that has changed immensely is this time frame in India is the housing industry. From being contemporary in the layout and interiors but being traditional in equipment and machinery; today, the new-age homes have everything from smart control air conditioners, LED lights, energy-efficient and high-end appliances, etc.
This shift has brought with it the emergence of smart homes, a home automation system that uses internet-connected devices to control various appliances likes lights, security cameras, entertainment systems, etc. by using a mobile or other networked devices. Seeing these developments, we can confidently say, the future of housing has finally arrived.
But, as these smart homes are relatively new territory, many people have misconceptions about what they are and why they exist. Thus, today, we bring to you some 5 common myths that aren’t true about it-
Myth #1: Smart Homes Are Too Expensive
Contrary to the belief that all smart homes are expensive; in reality, they are as costly as you would want them to be. For instance, if a person is looking for a custom build design that has only connected devices, then the cost will undoubtedly be steep. However, if they decide to upgrade step-by-step, then the value will vary. So, if you are a novice and want to step into the world of smart houses then a good starting point is to purchase and install a smart switch. Companies like Crabtree have an exclusive technology called the SmartH modules in the Amare plates that use an interplay of Radio Frequency (RF) & Wi-Fi-based technologies and can be installed without touching the existing wiring. Crabtree smart switches also offer advanced features such as selecting the scene, i.e. morning, evening or drawing the curtain, and more.
Thus, compared to the cost of conventional switches, though the price of these is higher, but not enough that they can’t be upgraded.
Myth #2: Smart Homes Are Too Technical
The phrase ‘smart home’ may bring up images of complex panels and circuits that require a level of expertise to manage. But, as it may seem, most smart home products are way easier to set up and even use than you’d expect. This is mainly because the service providers are continually developing more straightforward for more and more people to adopt it. Thus, all you need is a wireless connection, a smartphone, and a one-time installer who will link the various smart devices to one network. Also, after the initial set-up, these tools operate, update, and communicate on their own and continuously improve from the data, analytics, and sensors sent back to the developers to perform better each time.
Myth #3: Smart homes can get hacked easily
For many consumers, after the expected technicality of smart devices, the threat of stolen personal information or the possibility of a data breach is another concern. Though this isn’t a complete myth, in principle, the risk of it is as much as any other internet-connected device. Furthermore, most companies are taking extra precautions to ensure that smart devices are tampered-proof. Still, there are a few precautions that you too can take from your side. For example, using a proper firewall on your router, encryption is another way of safeguarding information, in case someone gains wrong access, and keeping a unique and strong password.
Myth 4: They consume a lot of energy
This is one of the biggest smart home myth ever. On the contrary, smart appliances are designed, keeping in mind the power consumption and thus are energy efficient and consume comparatively lesser power than conventional gadgets. Therefore, these systems and tools help save energy by allowing the user to monitor the overall usage and then accordingly control the wastage. Thus, smart devices consume comparatively lesser power than conventional gadgets.
Myth #5: Smart devices are hard to operate
There is an overall presumption around smart devices that they are hard to operate. But, the truth is if you can use a smartphone, then you can manage any smart home device. The developers have consciously created smart home appliances to be intuitive and straightforward for anyone to use it. Furthermore, the latest voice assistants like Amazon Echo or Google Home too are now supporting many smart devices, thereby, making controlling them by vocal command even easier.
Now that we have cleared some myths, it is time to step into the new era of housing and experience the smart homes for yourself. But, just a word of caution, go step-by-step because it’s an exciting world that will immediately draw you towards it by giving you complete control of the whole house for anywhere, anytime.