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How Expensive is Home Automation?

Some home automation systems can be do-it-yourself projects with a variety of components available from big home improvement centers and similar stores. Costs for this approach are dictated by what you put in your shopping cart and present to the cashier. Components start under $10, depending on what they are, and climb to a couple of hundred dollars or more each. Usually, the home-grown system consists of a simple group of controls that toggle power on/off to specific electric appliances at preordained times, or monitor if a window or door has been opened when it shouldn't have been. Readily available, inexpensive components might help you get the most out of your home theater and music system. They might, with a speaker siren add-on, warn you of an intruder or fire within your home. With a contractual engagement of a home security agency, a do-it-yourself system can also summon help in the event of fire and intrusion.

These starter-quality systems begin around $500 and go up depending on the pieces you purchase. Following that route is not for the average, weekend Mr-Fix-it however. Since the cost decline of home automation systems is associated with some devices using existing home wiring, if your house wiring is not up to code, one must factor in the cost of a electrician, in the neighborhood of $100 per hour, and whatever materials are needed to upgrade your home's wiring.

Help with installation, set up, programming, connectivity and troubleshooting of a do-it-yourself home automation system is most likely limited to a printed brochure that comes in the box, and maybe an 800 number for customer service and training.

Realistically, the kind of home automation system that you envision for making your life easier may be one of the professional products. The type of system that will do the variety of things you want, and do them with a simple interface between you and your system, as well as be controllable from a remote location via Internet and cell phone technology, comes with a higher price tag. It also requires professional installation. However, higher-end systems often come with varying degrees of training and professional help when you need it, which may or may not be part of purchase price/installation agreement.

One must also factor in internet or cloud-based service setup, and the electric usage of the system. The more complex the system you desire, the higher the initial cost for the control system, various components and the long term cost of maintenance.

Some necessary components are priced under $20, others are more than $1,000. The same price range can be said for individual components you want for your system to serve your needs. Professional installation has its cost, a ballpark estimate being about $5 per square foot. One should shop around for the best price and keep in mind installation costs are just that, not the total cost of a home automation system.

To purchase and install a professionally installed, good quality, home automation system, it would probably be wise to budget at least $5,000 and up.

Ultrasonic Sensors Measure Up in Home-Automation Applications

Ultrasonics or ultrasound is a radar-like system that uses ultrasonic signals at frequencies above those typical for human hearing, usually above 16 to 20 kHz. The 40- to 70-kHz range tends to be most popular. Its main application is object detection and ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT



Global home automation solution industry explored in latest research

The Global Home Automation Solution Industry Research report provides a basic overview of the industry including its definition, applications and manufacturing technology. - Agency -. The Global Home Automation Solution Market Research Report 2017 renders ...

Published:  Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:19:00 GMT



Home and building automation carrier taps Raspberry Pi CM3

Acme's "CM3-Home" home automation carrier board for the RPi CM3 includes opto-isolated RS485, TP-Bus/KNX, and Light-Bus/DALI links, plus Grove support. The Full version supports connections such as a Light-Bus for DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting ...

Published:  Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT



The 12 best smart home devices you need to live like the Jetsons

Switches and light bulbs are great and all, but in order to unlock the true power of smart home automation, you need sensors and lots of them. We're not going to talk about each type of sensor individually. Why Because we don't need to - Samsung ...

Published:  Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:15:00 GMT



The Best Smart Home Security Systems of 2018

If you're using a home automation hub to control things like lighting and thermostats, you can add a Z-Wave or ZigBee smart lock to the system without much effort. Alternately, if you don't have a home automation hub, look for a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth lock ...

Published:  Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:07:00 GMT



"The Smart Utility and Home Automation Panel" : Protects and Defends Home With Unique and Unusual Safety System

The Smart Utility And Home Automation Panel is a metal utilities panel and accessory box that allows household consumers to fully automate and continually monitor their electric, water, lights, doors, blinds, alarm system, sprinkler system, and more.

Published:  Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:33:00 GMT



Future of the Global Home Automation System Market - Growth, Latest Trend & Forecast 2022

Questale published a new in-depth industry research that focuses on Global Home Automation System market, delivers detailed analysis of market and future prospects of Global Home Automation System market. The critical and significant data in the study ...

Published:  Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:00:00 GMT



RTI's New Custom Control Kit Provides a Jump Start to Home Automation, Plus Easy Upgrade Paths

SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Nov. 16, 2017 - RTI, a leading control and automation manufacturer for residential and commercial settings, today announced the availability of a new custom control kit that integrates Pro Control solutions into the RTI control platform ...

Published:  Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:38:00 GMT



 

 

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