A home is not a home without a “smart” home automation system these days. In a fast-paced country like Singapore, where time is of the essence, a good home automation system can be a godsend. Imagine being able to turn on your air conditioner or lights before you even step into your home. Or being able to monitor your home’s security system and receive alerts on your phone while you’re away. A smart home automation system can do all of this and more. And with the advances in technology, home automation systems are becoming more and more affordable.
If you’re thinking of adding a little bit of “smart” to your home, here are some things to consider.
What type features are you looking for?
There are many different types of home automation systems on the market. Do your research and decide which features are most important to you. do you just want a simple system that only turn on your lights? Or do you want a fully integrated system that can control your lights, air conditioning, security system and audio/video?
What type home automation system are you looking for?
In Singapore, there are three category of smart home system
1) Brand Do-It-Yourself (DIY) products - Xiaomi, Aqara, Google, Etc
2) Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) products - Tuya, Etc
3) High end system - Control4, Savant, Lutron, Etc
Tuya Touchscreen Control Panel
Image taken from: https://expo.tuya.com/product/835054
DIY and OEM products are easily accessible and can be bought from various online platform and shops, such as Shopee and Lazada. Most of the time, It can be easily installed and configured.
On the other hand, High End System such as Control4 can only be accessed by engaging their authorised smart home professionals to get your home professionally done.
What is your budget?
Home automation systems can range in price from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand depending what type of system you are looking for. Decide how much you’re willing to spend on a system before you start shopping.
How easy is the system to install and use?
Some home automation systems are easier to install and use than others. If you’re not particularly handy, you might want to opt to engage professionals to assist you with it.
What is the quality of the customer service?
If you have any problems with your home automation system, you’ll want to be able to reach customer service easily. Most of the time, DIY and OEM products you will have to go through the hassle of speaking to customer service or email for support while professional done up smart system should have pre and post installation support, on site and remote services and working hours services. Read online reviews to see what other people have to say about the customer service of the company you’re considering
Now that you know a little bit more about home automation systems, it’s time to start shopping around. The right system can make your life a whole lot easier.
At Futurahaus, we carry the best smart home system available in the market, Control4 and Lutron. Although, it's high end smart home system, we strive to keep our prices competitive and affordable to cater to everyone. We have a team of professionals working round the clock to provide the best customer service and assistance. You can always contact us and we will be happy to analyse and assist you in turning your home into a smart home.