Home automation. It makes life simpler, easier, and cheaper. But with literally dozens of home automation systems out there, how can you choose the best system for you and your home? Home automation systems can be ranked on a number of aspects:
- Which features they support.
- Which systems they’re integrated with.
- How expensive they are.
- How easy they are to install and maintain.
With all that to think about, it can be difficult to figure out which one is ideal. However, there are a few home automation systems that are more popular and thus most likely to give you everything you want.
Nest: An Affordable Option for DIY
If you’re trying to DIY your own home automation system, the Nest could be a good option. Nest solutions are modular, so you can add on whatever features you want. And though it isn’t a full home automation system, it does have a lot of the features that one would.
Nest’s system includes thermostats, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and security cameras. It’s also compatible with lighting, door locks, power, and entertainment systems, so you can create a fully consolidated system through Nest’s app.
Nest can be expensive to have installed professionally, but it’s relatively affordable to install on your own. But because it has a limited amount of products, it’s generally not considered to be a premium home automation solution, nor does it have a significant amount of security options.
Samsung: Control, Automate, and Monitor
Samsung SmartThings is a comprehensive system that includes a hub, smart bulbs, and a monitoring kit. From there, you can optionally add on speakers, lights, locks, appliances, thermostats, and more. Samsung includes options for most smart features and has third-party solutions for nearly everything. It’s also one of th most affordable options, with a hub that is less than $100.
For those who wan to install their own home kit, Samsung SmartThings can provide a $0 installation with no upfront cost. It can also offer monitored security solutions through Scout Alarm, though it is limited to Scout Alarm. That can be a problem, especially when you read a scout alarm review or two on the limitations.
One of Scout’s selling points was its affordability, but now that the company has forced customers to pay for monitoring, the selling point of no contracts or monthly fees is lost. Also, one you add equipment additional equipment, the price tag can get pretty large. It may appear cheap from the outset, but you’re likely to end up in the hundreds of dollars. And that’s not a very good deal for a product that isn’t providing video cameras with streams to your smartphone.
This system also only comes with a 1 year warranty, no voice activation, and no professional installation options. Not only can you do it yourself, but you actually have to do it yourself.
Vivint: Security Solutions, At a Cost
Vivint is a security company that has started to include some moderate home automation features with its security solution. However, the problem with Vivint largely has to do with its subscription requirements and upfront costs.
Vivint provides smart thermostats, garage door controls, doorbell cameras, and door locks. But they also have a very strict cancellation policy and many people will end up spending quite a lot with them.
So what home automation system is best for you and your family? It really depends on what you prioritize. There are many DIY systems, but a lot of them don’t come with a wide variety of security options. Protect America can help you find a system that will be right for you.