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6 Myths About Home Automation

Updated: Apr 15, 2021

Smart home devices for home automation can be a fascinating but also an intimidating idea. As they are connected to the Internet, smart devices control home appliances like lights, security cameras, entertainment systems, and thermostats through a smartphone or tablet.

Home automation is a relatively new trend, so people have many misconceptions about it. Here we debunk the six most common myths about home automation.

It is expensive

Contrary to popular belief, smart home devices aren’t expensive. However, installing custom-built home automation with multiple connected devices can be costly. Starting your home automation journey with a standalone system like lighting or switches without a central hub can be ideal and relatively inexpensive.

Home automation and IoT are the same

You may use home automation and IoT interchangeably, but they are different things. IoT or the Internet of Things refers to a giant connection of people and devices over the Internet to collect and share data. However, home automation is a next-generation hardware and software solution that allows you to control home devices.

Its technology isn’t trustworthy

Since smart home devices function through the Internet, people are apprehensive about the possibility of an online data breach or intruders hacking into surveillance systems to get inside their homes. Although these concerns aren’t baseless, home automation companies are working on tamper-proof devices to ensure foolproof security and privacy.

Smart devices increase utility bills

They don’t. In fact, smart devices save energy as they adjust to your behaviors and preferences. They use less power than traditional systems by studying patterns and working according to a pre-selected schedule. For example, smart lighting has sensors that control lights by detecting when someone enters or leaves the room.

You need to be tech-savvy to use smart devices

One of the most significant barriers to home automation is the idea that it’s too complicated to use. It’s not true. Most devices are wireless and allow easy control through smartphones. Besides, getting a speaker or a smart device like Google Home or Alexa will simplify things by allowing you to give voice commands to get things done.

Smart homes have no privacy

Another misconception surrounding home automation is the breach of private space. According to a study by the Internet Society, 63% of the people surveyed found connected devices ‘creepy’ in the way they collect data about people and their behaviors. Smart home devices like security cameras and motion sensors give you a feeling of being watched all the time. However, smart devices don’t record. Instead, the sensors trigger specific actions based on voice commands or motion detection.

About Alarmco Smart Home Security

We offer a wide range of packages for security, surveillance, and home automation. We use Brinks Home Security’s panel and mobile app to control smart home devices centrally. If you are a resident of Shreveport, LA, and want to set up a home security system, call us at 8774468100. You can also email us at, and we will customize a package according to your requirements.

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