As technology advances and entwines more and more into our daily lives, it’s no wonder that it’s now become a part of our homes in the literal sense. Smart homes are on the rise, with smart devices to make them safer, more efficient, and more comfortable for their owners. From thermostats to water-leak detectors, security cameras to window and door sensors, the future seems to lie firmly in these devices’ hands. While this can be considered a good thing, not everything is simple and easy for homes filled with electronics.
The Pros of Smart Homes
No one can deny the good that smart homes bring to our lives. Electronics, first and foremost, are meant to make our lives easier and safer. With the installation of these devices into our homes, otherwise preventable damage can be avoided or minimized before it has the chance to occur.
For example, smart-leak detectors can shut the water off if it detects moisture where it shouldn’t be, while smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can send a notification to an app on your phone and potentially save both your life and the lives of those who live with you.
As they’re meant to help us, having smart technology can provide convenience and assistance to those who are elderly, disabled, or have limited mobility. Smart locks can unlock your home in case your keys are lost or forgotten, smart lights can memorize your patterns and turn the lights on and off when necessary, and home healthcare equipment can not only make home care simple, but ensure the safety of those who live in the home.
The Cons of Smart Homes
Helpful as they are, smart homes aren’t exactly affordable for everyone. Though the market is growing and the price decreases, there’s still a hefty price tag on the systems that limit the owners of said systems to the upper and upper-middle classes. Upgrading your home can cost thousands of dollars, and that’s ignoring the obstacle of dealing with linking different vendors to one system.
Different vendors have distinct systems for their brand, so it is challenging to integrate two different brands, but doing so can make the devices unreliable and offer limited functionality only.
Additionally, as with all technology, smart home systems can be hacked due to security flaws. Some companies don’t have strong backgrounds in security. Since there’s currently no industry standard for smart home security systems, there’s no incentive to modify these security systems to their full potential. If someone were to hack into your home system, they could learn your behavioral patterns and use that to their advantage, however that may be.