Is There A Possibility To Find Affordable Home Automation Equipment?
At first glance the terms “cost effective” and “home automation” don’t sound right in the same breath. The reason I say this is not unusual that home automation costs can reach up to a hundred thousand dollars or more. So you are going to be happy to hear what I am about to say.
Please allow me to explain.
It is wise that you do your home work into the various home automation manufacturers lines available before choosing one to invest in. Some of the frugal home automation DIY home automation systems rely on technology that seems to hit and miss at times.
Some of the designer label products have such astronomical programming labor rates that go with them that could reach up to $50k, and thats only for the programming. (Then you need to add in the design costs, home automation equipment purchase, & installation fees.)
Now you can see why I recommend to choose an affordable home automation system that will give you the flexibility to start off with a affordable controller and then add modules to automate even more things down the road.
To begin with why not start off with an all in one remote control for your entire surround sound system. Instead of Putting all of your money in one of those smart universal remote controls–
For just a little bit more you could own a home automation control device, that not only talks with your Television, 5.1 surround sound Receiver, & Satellite Receiver it can look at your DVD & search the web for the jacket cover art & display it on your plasma screen.
Whereas you used to have 22 remote controls you now have one home automation remote that can seamlessly assimilate all of you home theater equipment with a mere push of a button.
Now if you had just bought one of those smart remote controls you would be limited to working surround sound equipment only.
But thats not the case if you had invested in a genuine home automation controller. Your home theater controller will offer you the flexibility to upgrade your home automation functionality as you can afford it. Down the road when you have a few extra dollars set aside to put a little more on your home automation system then you can add something like 4″ wi-fi or Ethernet touch screens & keypads.| The best thing though is that you can actually add features like integrating your burglar alarm system, heating and air, distributed audio, and even automate your lights, a little at a time as you can afford it.
One home automation control can now control all of these devices and cause a chain reaction of events to occur with a click of a button.
Imagine this for a moment when you wake up in the morning instead of an alarm clock waking you… you awaken to your favorite XM station, the heat kicks on because the floor will be too cold to walk on, your electric shades open to allow the mornings light to fill your room & your TV comes on with the morning news!