Frequently asked questions
Can smart home technology be used for my business?
Smart home technology is great option for your business! The list of smart devices that can be integrated into your business is just as long as those used for a home.
Some examples include:
- Smart TV's
- Ring security systems
- Smart Lighting
- Audio Systems
All from a single system!
Will you have to punch holes in my home to install smart home technology?
Hard-wiring is a good and reliable option for home automation systems, we ensure to avoid drilling holes whenever possible - but there are some instances where it will be needed. We will be sure to ask you before hand though.
What if the Internet goes down?
This is an important question to ask when looking to purchase a specific device. Some smart home technology has offline functionality, but others will offer app controls without Internet.
For example, the Arlo Q cameras have an SD card, so they can continue recording footage even if the Internet isn’t working. There are also devices with battery backup in case your power is out.
If your smart home technology has no SD card or battery backup, you are likely looking at gadgets that will not work in the app if the Internet or power are out. Note that the gadgets will still work manually, but you just might not be able to control them with your phone.
Rachio will still turn the sprinklers on, LIFX will still light up, Schlage Connect will still open with the code, and Haiku can still be controlled with a remote.
Internet and power outages are usually more rare, but it’s important to point this out as a potential drawback for using devices connected to the Internet.
What is a smart home?
Smart homes automate and connect your household appliances, giving you more control than ever before. Everything is typically connected using WiFi, though it can also use radio protocols like ZigBee and Z-Wave. Another new option will be Bluetooth 5, which is said to be a potential technology for connecting smart home tech.
With devices connected to the Internet, you can setup:
- Remote control, for adjusting the thermostat from anywhere
- Home automation based on schedules, motion, temperature, and more
- Voice control using Alexa, Google Home, Siri, and others
What options should I consider when adding to my home?
One of the most outstanding benefits of buying a brand new home is the ability to personalize it to fit your lifestyle, your design preference and the color scheme that you find most appealing. Most importantly, when you build a new home you should consider how you live in your home and what added square footage you will need. It is easier to add space when you are planning instead of after the home is built. Your real estate agent can help you weigh and measure your priorities so you can determine what options to select.
How can smart valves save me money?
There's a number of ways a smart valve can save you money. For starters, it stops you from being charged for any volume of air present in your water by compressing the air volume before it reaches your meter. Second, it prevents pressure drops from water usage from reaching the water meter. Last, it keeps you rwater meter operating within its designed flow range and reduces over-supply caused by higher-than-desired city pressure.
Do these require monthly fees?
Sometimes. This is why it’s very important to research gadgets before buying. Many people buy a doorbell or camera and have to return it because they weren’t expecting monthly fees.
The reality of smart home systems is that some work without any monthly fees, while others cost a few dollars each month.
To find out if specific technology requires monthly fees, make sure you read Amazon reviews thoroughly and check manufacturer websites for specifics on any paid plans.
We also give you the option of only viewing devices that have no fees required within our Solver tool.
Can smart home gadgets really save me money?
It seems counterintuitive that expensive home gadgets could save you money in the long run, but it’s actually quite possible. Several smart home tech products are designed to decrease your monthly bills in some way.
Ecobee claims to reduce energy savings by an average of 23% by automatically adjusting your thermostat as you come and go. Rachio smart sprinkler controller can delay your irrigation if it rains to reduce water consumption.
Haiku fans work with smart thermostats to turn on automatically when the temperature rises to a certain level, increasing airflow without using your HVAC system.
While they will cost you more than their “dumb” (or not internet-connected) competition, smart home gadgets may make up for it with their savings in the long run.