We don’t work for our homes these days. Instead, homes are becoming smarter - working for homeowners by their every command. Home automation has become a reality for many abodes, thanks to the growing popularity and availability of smart home devices like smart bulbs, smart locks, energy trackers, home automation assistants (Google Home and Amazon Alexa) or smart switches.
The list is ever growing - to give you a crash course on what’s available in the smart home scene these days, check out gadgets that you can get under US$200, or our list of most popular smart home products to suit up a hi-tech home with.
However, getting onto the smart life isn’t just about getting more smart gadgets and hitching them up! Here are 3 key considerations to make before investing in smart home gadgets for your home.
Is your Internet bandwidth sufficient?
For ample smart home coverage throughout the home, a solid WiFi connection is necessary. However, our homes - full of walls and other obstructing features - are often prone to WiFi dead zones. Allow your smart devices to communicate and sync with each other smoother by applying some Internet-improving renovation and layout tips, or simply getting a powerful Mesh Router to expand the network reach and strength.
Is it easy to install and use?
Because it isn’t just tech geeks who automate their homes. There’s everyone else too - and most of us may not know our way around such high-tech stuff. A good smart home product is all about accessibility and convenience; so, a having a foolproof set-up system is key for reaching out to homeowners from all walks of life.
Can they connect to your other smart devices?
It would be unwise to assume that different smart home offerings from differing brands are somehow able to communicate with each other seamlessly. Well, some smart automation systems may only be compatible with certain platforms such as Samsung’s SmartThings and Apple’s HomeKit program. Always make sure the new stuff you’re about to buy is the right smart platform that your existing space uses!