5 Questions to ask yourself before you buy Smart Home Products

by Ana Bera
Published 05/01/2018
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smart homeSmart homes are trending. It is the latest and greatest in home automation. It has many benefits. But, before you go ahead and buy your next addition, ask yourself the questions we list below. It might just save you some effort and money in the long run.

1. Do I have the bandwidth?
Smart home products have some interesting features. One of the most interesting is its ability to connect to the internet. It uses a technology called the Internet of Things (IoT) to do this. Every smart product is issued with the tools to connect to the internet. It will act like another computer or smartphone. This obviously means your data network will have to carry more devices.

It’s important to note whether you’ll have enough bandwidth available for all of your devices. Your bandwidth may be enough. But, also make sure your internet supply will reach every device in your smart home setup. Keep in mind, most smart devices operate on Wi-Fi.

2. Do I have enough cash?
The idea of owning a smart home can be a grand one. It can be intoxicating to the point of financial difficulty. Go through your budget with care. Set aside enough money without pushing yourself to financial ruin. Billions of people have lived up to the year 2018 without the aid of smart homes. You’ll do just fine without it. But, buy the products you need first once you have saved up for it.

Also, keep in mind that certain smart products have money-saving features built into it. Things like smart thermostats are able to be controlled remotely through smartphone apps. This can cut hundreds of dollars off your utility bills. It saves Americans (on average) about 20% per year in home warming and cooling costs. Buy and use your smart devices smartly. Over time, you may end up saving more than what you spent.

3. Do I have any other Products it needs to connect to?
Smart home products are designed to automate your home. It connects to other smart products to accomplish that. So it is very important to make sure that your new products will communicate with your current products. Buying products of the same brand is a sure way to quicker automation. But you can also consider 3rd party platforms like apps to facilitate the connection of all your products.

4. Do I Need A Smart Assistant?
Owning a full-scale smart home can be tricky. Having to keep an eye on different apps and platforms can be cumbersome. Have you considered a smart assistant? It is generally used to automate existing products and platforms. It also helps by adding a voice control capability to your smart home.

You can now operate every appliance or device connected to your smart assistant by voice control. Different assistants have different benefits. Once again, just make sure it’s compatible with your current products. For instance, running 3rd party platforms on Apple products will have limited automation and integration.

5. Do I Know How To Safely Use This Product?
The internet is like a busy city. It has so many neat and useful places. But, the wrong areas and places can be dangerous. Your smart home connects to the internet. It makes use of all its wonderful benefits. But, you need to understand the risks involved. Many smart CCTV cameras are currently hacked. This is not only contained to the US.

It’s happening all around the world. Your network needs to be encrypted by WPA2. It helps to defend the devices on your network. Especially those without dedicated antivirus software. Hackers can gain access to your network through unprotected smart devices. It may even lead to a breach of more classified information. Things like passwords and social security details.

Go And Buy It!
This is the fun part. You have done all the necessary homework. Go cash in, or should we say cash out, on your smart home products of choice. Enjoy the great benefits of an automated home. It will save you time. It will save you effort. It may even save you some money. Most people don’t want to live lives without their smart homes.