Home :: Smart Home - Home Automation :: Smart Home Systems Buying Guide

Smart Home Systems Buying Guide

Smart Home Systems Buying Guide
SKU
shsbg/ebook/000/000
Author
Rebecca Day and Lisa Montgomery
Binding
PDF - 34 pages
Publisher
ELECTRONICHOUSE.com
Published date
2015
Resell rights?
No - sorry
Our price:
$0.00
Qty 1 (this product is an ebook)
HOME AUTOMATION isn’t what it used to be. A market that once divided between budgetminded do-it-yourself techies who liked to tinker, and wealthy homeowners who wanted a doit-for-me custom system to control lighting, music, temperature, and more, home automation has evolved into an industry with a range of options for any wallet. Just ask Martin Plaehn, CEO of Control4, a home automation manufacturer that launched 10 years ago with an aim to broaden the market.

“When we started in 2005, we started in the “rich” category,” says Plaehn, recalling the narrow slice of the population that could aford the six-fgure investment for a customized control system at the time. Today, the average Control4 starter system costs less than $3,000, Plaehn says, and comes with a smartphone app that allows homeowners “to control everything.” Some 13 percent of Control4 customers have an annual household income of $100,000 and nearly half have household incomes between $100,000 and $250,000.

Control4, along with other companies including Savant Systems and Universal Remote Control (URC), sits in the middle of smart home oferings, between the inexpensive of-the-shelf kits you can buy from Home Depot and Lowe’s, and wired, high-end systems at the top of the pyramid that companies such as Crestron and AMX have long ruled. Wired systems still ofer the most customization, since you’re not limited by the reaches of a wireless signal or the number of controllable devices. But Wi-Fi is poised to become the foundation of the next-gen smart home. Higher-end systems are available, for now, through professional integrators only. “We feel that the customized integrator experience is key to homeowner satisfaction,” says Tim McInerney, director of product marketing at Savant. McInerney noted there are DIY options for installing light switches and other connected home devices, but for many consumers who don’t have the time or inclination to tackle connected device setup, having a professionally installed HVAC or lighting control system “makes a huge diference in user satisfaction." That user satisfaction comes at the cost of installation. Labor rates vary according to region but generally run from $75-$150 an hour.

So which approach is best: DIY or professionally installed? It depends on what you expect your system to do, how you expect to interact with it, and how much you want to spend. In our Smart Home Systems Buying Guide, we’ll walk you through the options, point you toward the features the matter most, and reveal some of the best smart home systems on the market today. —R.D.

free - 200 watt permanent magnet wind generator - ebook
Free VAWT Wind Turbine Plans - ebook
Rewiring Generators as Alternators
How to make a hot air engine - free ebook
How To Build a Wind Turbine 2003
Building the Basic PVC Wind Turbine
How To Smart Home
DIY Solar Drip Irrigation
CEDIA Smart Home Recommended Wiring Guidelines

Product rating

Customer Reviews

 
The cookie settings on this website are adjusted to allow all cookies so that you have the very best experience. If you continue without changing your cookie settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on our website. However, if you would like to, you can change your settings at any time using the Change cookie settings link in the Special menu.