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Facts and Fiction of Smart Homes

September 26th, 2018 4:44 PM by David W. Welch

The tech era is upon us and the effects are showing up everywhere — at the store, in our workplaces and now even in our homes. While tech advancements in the home have brought welcomed convenience, they've complicated the home search process.


To clear things up, we've got a list of facts and fiction about smart apartments and houses. We want to keep you in the know when you're hunting the next place you'll call home.


Fact or Fiction: Smart homes are for techies and millionaires


This one is total fiction!


In the past, smart technology was reserved for the techies and the elites. The notion might have conjured up images of Bruce Wayne's bat lair. The truth is, smart homes are becoming increasingly common.


It's estimated that smart home device sales in the U.S. will reach $4.6 billion this year. This trend indicates that smart home technology is not reserved exclusively for affluent or tech-savvy renters.


Fact or Fiction: Smart technology can actually save you money


It's true!


Skeptics of smart home technology often wonder if the claims of money saving can actually stand up to the test. The truth? Many smart devices will save you money.


Take smart thermostats for example. Some offer programming, meaning you can schedule your heating and cooling units to rest while you're away and kick back on to cool or heat your place by the time you arrive home. Other smart thermostats go as far as learning your habits and automatically adjusting to save money and energy.


Fact or Fiction: Smart devices offer less privacy


This one is not a clear cut fact or a piece of fiction — the answer is a bit more complex.


Not too long ago, it was revealed that consumer smart TVs were spying on their users. This caused worry for many consumers using smart home technology, and rightfully so.


But you're ultimately in charge of the level of privacy you choose to give up. Any device that has a camera or microphone has the potential to record your private data, and devices without this tech are generally safe. A light bulb or smart thermostat is not going to "spy" on you.


If privacy is one of your primary concerns, this is something you must be aware of. 


Fact or Fiction: Smart homes are not feasible for renters


Not true!


Smart apartments or homes are not exclusive to those who own their properties. If you thought this was true, you're probably thinking about the impact on a home's infrastructure required to install smart technology. The truth is that many consumer smart home devices today are wireless and have no physical impact on the structure of the home.


This not only means that these devices can be installed in rental properties, it means they can be taken from one rental to another. If you're looking for an apartment or house with smart technology, you can probably find one. But keep in mind, you can easily install your own smart home system in your rental.

Posted by David W. Welch on September 26th, 2018 4:44 PM


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