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February 10, 2016

Four Common Myths About The Smart Home

 Smart home technology will become mainstream this year. It’s no longer futuristic (sorry, Jetsons): it’s here, it works, and it’s very, very popular.

And yet, certain myths about this technology persist. Here are four that you’ve probably encountered. They’re no longer true. Don’t let them hold you back.

Myth: Smart homes are for technical people


Truth: Nearly half of Americans will own smart home technology by the end of this year.

All good myths have a basis in truth, and it’s true that smart homes used to be restricted to technical tinkerers and millionaire owners of expensive custom-built systems. But times have changed, and millions of homeowners now enjoy the enhanced security, convenience and savings that a smart home offers.

That’s thanks to new technology like cloud platforms that connect devices together, and wireless communications, as well as smart home service providers who make the smart home accessible to everyone. Alarm.com service providers, like Superior, have installed more than two million smart home systems and counting.

Myth: You have to set everything up yourself

Truth: A service provider can install and configure everything for you.

Installing smart home technology on your own can be hard work. You need to be comfortable with electrical wiring, HVAC systems, networking and more. But going it alone isn’t the only option.

Superior will plan, install and configure a state-of-the-art yet affordable smart home for you, and then provide dedicated technical support for the life of your contract.

Myth: Smart home technology is hard to operate

Truth: A solution with a single platform and app makes things easy.

There are some real smart home horror stories out there, but they’re typically go-it-alone smart home projects with too many different products, apps and platforms. A whole-home solution like Alarm.com simplifies things with a single app that controls your entire home: security system, thermostat, lights, locks, garage door and more.

And because everything is connected by a single platform, you can automate all of your devices to do things for you. In many cases, you don’t even need to open the app.

Myth: A smart home is expensive

Truth: A smart home gives you great value.

Upgrading your home with smart technology can pay you back many times over by preventing a burglary or a flood, or alerting you to a fire. It reduces your energy bills, makes day-to-day life easier, and provides valuable peace of mind.

You don’t need to shell out thousands of dollars on devices to get started, either. You can own an Alarm.com smart home for a modest upfront payment and a three-year subscription. It’s like buying a cellphone: you get all of the benefits right away, but pay monthly.

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