Why I Regret Making My House a Smart-House
However you probably wouldn’t expect to have the same roll with a professionally installed system costing well into 5 figures.
But that’s just what’s described in a recent article entitled “Why I Regret Making My House a Smart-House”. It proves even a big budget bespoke setup isn’t immune to ongoing problems like this…
We added a TV, then another, then the Alarm System over 2 years. As things get added there seem to be more and more problems. TV’s would stop working, speakers popping, lights wouldn’t work, touch screens get stuck, remotes don’t work. I have grown accustomed to resetting (pulling the power plug and waiting 3 minutes) the equipment, removing and reinstalling the touch screens, taking the batteries out of the remotes and reinstalling.
The tale of woe continues with incompatibility issues with new modules within the first year and hardware failures…
The hidden Thermostats rely on sensors in the rooms to bring the temperature information to them. 5 of the 7 have failed already. Two that are side my side, one for AC, one for heat measure about 10 degrees different. This means that the heat and AC will slug it out when we are not here – and this we don’t know until we get energy bills greater than the last 3 months combined. Those cost $30 each, and can quickly cause a silent $300 problem……What I would like, is to come in from a long day in my shop and have a house that works. I have grown weary and no longer care how smart it is.
Home Automation incompatibilities can certainly be a major frustration, but a one-make system like this should be much more reliable and rewarding for the owner. It’s well worth reading the full article for yourself on the link below, and let us know your own experiences in the comments too.