Home automation can be a daunting concept, as there are many misconceptions around the process. We often aren’t sure where to begin. Here is some guidance on the common myths around automating your home – brought to you by Homemation, the home automation specialists.

Today, automation can be retrofitted into an older home and easily included in a new build or renovation. The secret: a secure and stable local network.

It’s far too expensive

Home automation can be very affordable if you start with one or a few rooms, or concentrate on specific features only, such as lighting or music or security. The price is largely dependent on your budget and needs.

Today, technology has improved and pricing has reduced. Home automation should also be viewed, together with your home, as an investment that adds a lot of value to your lifestyle.

Installation is too much work

As with all electrical installations, there will be work done inside your house, but it doesn’t have to be sledgehammers at walls and cable-chasing. Control4’s wireless technologies make it much easier to retrofit homes.

It’s intimidating and too complicated to use

In the past this may have been true, but nowadays the technology has been refined and is designed specifically to be user-friendly. Home automation makes use of an intuitive user interface that puts everything at a home owner’s fingertips. If you can operate a smartphone, you will be able to enjoy using Contol4.

It’s only a gimmick

Intelligent zoned heating control and “all out” lighting functions are sensible, practical and energy-saving ideas. The security aspects of the system give great peace of mind and are a very important feature for South African users.

Home automation systems don’t only allow you complete control of all of the devices in your home, but also make clever decisions on your behalf, such as lowering the blinds in a room because it has become too warm, sending you an SMS and turning off your water because your geyser has sprung a leak, or notifying you that your garage door has been open for over 10 minutes.

Because of the wide range of uses, automating your home can either be as bling and frivolous or as clever and useful as you like.

The technology doesn’t work well together

Control4 partners with the world’s leading brands to ensure its products integrate seamlessly into the Control4 platform, to deliver an exceptional automation experience for customers. With support for over 10 000 devices from hundreds of world-class brands, Control4 solutions are designed to work with the consumer electronics and appliances you already trust and love.

The technology will soon be outdated

Control4 hardware is built to be “future-proof”, created in such a way as to be receptive to potential changes and improvements in the future. The software is continuously improving and updates are simple to install.

Homemation is the exclusive specialist South African supplier of premium branded audiovisual and home theatre products. The brands in its stable offer some of the most advanced and sought-after AV and home automation technologies in the world.

Visit www.homemation.co.za.

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