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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.

Cortana now adds home automation capabilities, IFTTT integration

We've already written about how IFTTT - short for coding mantra "If This Then That" - makes a lot of things more convenient. It's about time that digital voice assistants take advantage of this way that devices "talk" to each other.

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:00:00 GMT



Smart Home Automation Market Is Expected To Grow $130.0 Billion By 2025

The global smart home automation market is expected to reach USD 130.0 billion by 2025. The growing demand for the convenience of remote and real-time operation of smart home automation system has increased the growth and penetration of the smart home ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:43:00 GMT



Cortana Now Works With Automation Service IFTTT, More Smart Home Devices

Amid all the discussion around Microsoft neglecting development of its smart assistant Cortana, the company today announced some big updates for the smart assistant. The latest updates take Cortana's automation and smart home capabilities to a whole new ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT



Microsoft expands Cortana's home automation skills, adds IFTTT support

In a bid to expand into the growing home automation market, Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana will now support more smart home devices and integrate with IFTTT -- a free web-based platform that helps users connect their apps and services together, the ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:18:00 GMT



Expand your control over your iDevices home automation products with the Instant Switch

iDevices recently announced the availability of their new Instant Switch, a wireless remote control switch that connects to your favorite iDevices product. The Switch is battery powered, so it doesn't require wiring. You can mount it directly on the ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:31:00 GMT



IF you want Cortana to control your home THEN you're in luck

Microsoft Dynamics has its own IFTTT style platform for workflows, but it's not designed for home automation and it's not worth setting out to reinvent the wheel. However, it could form the basis of a native platform in the future. Native support is ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:25:00 GMT



Mattamy Homes, ecobee Partner for North American Home Construction

TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2018 - Mattamy Homes, North America's largest privately owned homebuilder, is partnering with home automation company ecobee to create smart homes of the future. ecobee Inc. introduced the world's first smart Wi-Fi thermostat to help ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:02:00 GMT



 

 

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