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Should You Combine Security With Smart Automation?

You have been thinking about installing a wireless home security system for months now. You’ve done your research on both DIY and professionally installed systems. You have read the reviews, compared prices, and even looked into remote monitoring options. The only question you have yet to answer is whether or not you should combine a new security system with smart home automation.

Home security buyers did not have to answer this question 20 years ago. Why? Because smart home automation didn’t exist back then. The primitive smart home devices people did have access to were generally standalone devices that couldn’t be used in conjunction with their security systems. Things are different now.

Vivint Smart Home is just one of several well-known providers capable of integrating home security packages with smart home automation. They can also install either one as a standalone solution. Customers do not have to get both together. But should they? There are certainly good reasons to do so.

Home Automation Capabilities

A security system is designed to offer a certain level of protection against burglary, home invasion, fire, carbon monoxide exposure, and flood. It is pretty standard stuff that hasn’t changed much over the last 50 years. Home automation goes much further. It adds capabilities homeowners hadn’t even thought about two decades ago.

Smart home automation changes the way people interact with their homes. It allows them to automate everything from climate control to lighting and irrigation. More importantly, everything in a typical smart home can be controlled remotely via mobile devices and the cloud. It is truly amazing what you can do with home automation these days.

For example, an entry level security system with no home automation features offers one or two cameras for keeping an eye on your home. That’s great. But add home automation and those cameras suddenly have more functionality. They can be controlled remotely. If equipped with 2-way audio systems, homeowners can use their cameras to communicate with family members, like children for example.

Future Home Automation Plans

Another reason to consider combining home security and smart home automation is the possibility that you might want to get into home automation at some point in the future. In other words, you might be better off doing both now so that you wind up with an integrated system from the get-go.

Starting with entry-level home security and then adding home automation a year or two down the road is certainly possible. However, it is potentially more complicated. Integrating new equipment with old almost always causes problems. Those problems are only exacerbated when you add home automation from one provider to a home security system from another.

The Cost Issue

The benefits of combining home security with smart home automation are evident. For some people though, the cost issue cannot be avoided. It’s one thing to spend a few hundred dollars on an entry-level security system. It is an entirely different matter to double or triple the cost by throwing home automation in too.

Homeowners obviously save money by starting with home security only. Fewer devices cost less money. But then again, how much would a homeowner ultimately spent in total by adding new devices later on? It’s hard to say, but the question is at least worth considering before any purchase decisions are made.

Our homes are getting smarter by the day. Thanks to technological advancements and a greater willingness to invest in our homes, we are making them safer, more energy-efficient, and more comfortable. That alone is reason enough to consider combining home security with smart home automation in a single package.