Pros and Cons of Smart Homes
Smart Houses: Their Advantages and Disadvantages
One of the most talked about smart homes is that of Bill Gates, the Microsoft Chairman located in Seattle, Washington.
According to The Cool Roofing Company, the top residential roofer in Atlanta, GA, among Microsoft’s key features, as you walk through its rooms accompanied by the tune of your favorite music, the lights will be automatically switching on whenever you enter one and off as you move to the next.
Advantages of a smart home
Convenient: It relieves you the burden of some day-to-day duties by automatically performing them. For instance, it will remotely lock and unlock the gates through Global Positioning System (GPS) sensing when you drive in and out of your compound. This can save your life, for example, if wrong people are trailing you.
Program to suit your needs: You can acquire smart house equipment and program them to suit your needs. You want to program your bedroom television set to serve both as a TV and as a closed circuit monitor.
Security: You can secure your home by remotely monitoring the outside and inside the house from wherever you are and set off an alarm or even lock the gates or doors.
User-friendly: If well program a smart house will perform the tasks without a hitch, noise or struggle. For instance, it will switch lights in your young kids’ rooms on and off automatically as they walk in and out rather you doing it.
Efficiency: The key feature of a smart house is conservation-will switch off lights in unoccupied rooms, water from a tap left open or even devices connected to power for charging and are fully charged. This would cut on your utility bills.
Appreciate: You will fetch a good price selling your smart house compared to a conventional one.
Disadvantages of a smart home
Skills needs: A smart home comes with all manner of gadgets. These gadgets have their own operational requirements. The sum of all this is that you will need to undergo a kind of training program to operate it comfortably.
Malfunctioning: Just as it is with any technology, one or more of the products that make up your home a smart house could malfunction and fail you in your hour of need. For example, the operating mechanism may fail to open the doors.
Crime: Wrong people, including robbers, can hack your smart house system’s password and access it, robbing you of valuable goods or harming you and your family.
Privacy challenges: Use of cameras inside and around the house may capture footages that would create for you all manner of privacy problems.
Cost: According to The Cool Roofing Company, a roofing contractor in Atlanta, Georgia, procurement and installation of the state-of-the-art technology equipment such as cameras, light sensors and a central touch screen and automated systems to make your home smart do not come cheaply.