Why You Need a Home Automation Hub and How to Choose the Best One for You
With the recent surge of home automation, transforming your house into a “smart home” has never been more easy and affordable. You can find “smart” devices (and appliances) that will automate almost everything in your house. These devices can reduce energy usage, boost your home’s security, replace your doorbell, control lighting, keep your garden watered, feed your pets while you’re away, and even provide medication for the elderly.
However, the downside of this is almost all of these new devices come with their own (separate) apps and control hubs, and you have to fumble around with a lot of different apps whenever you want to turn off the lights, open the door, or closing your curtains.
What’s a Home Automation Hub (or “Smart Hub”)?
A home automation hub is like a centralized “command table” for your smart home. It’s your smart home’s brain… and allows you to connect all your devices (regardless of what communication technology those devices use: Bluetooth, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, etc.) and control all of them from a single smartphone app.
Why You Need a Home Automation Hub
The main benefit of having a “smart hub” is simple: Being able to control every smart device in your home (including lights, doors, appliances, curtains, sprinklers, thermostat, security cameras, and even your garage door) from a single smartphone app… without having to use different apps for every smart device.
In addition, a good home automation hub can connect every smart device in your house (no matter what manufacturer made it), and make it possible for your smart devices to communicate between themselves. This means you’ll be able to create “scenes” in your house: for example, you can create a “scene” with closed curtains, dim lights, locked doors, and certain specific temperature in your living room.
How to Choose the Best Hub for Your Needs
To choose the best smart hub for you, you’ve got to keep in mind these three key aspects:
- Compatibility: Your home automation hub must be compatible with every smart device in your home. It has to be able to communicate with each one of your devices, regardless of what communication technology they use (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, ZigBee). This will give you the flexibility you need to add more smart devices to your home in the future, without having to replace your smart hub.
- Easy to Use: One of the most important factors when choosing your smart hub is that you’ve got to be able to use it easily… and adding any new device you buy should be a piece of cake.
- Help & Support: If you’re having problems with your smart hub, the manufacturer should offer excellent customer service, so you can rest assured that you’ll have professional assistance helping you 24/7. Besides, try to make sure your smart hub doesn’t come with costly monthly fees.
Adding a home automation hub to your home can make it really easy to control every “smart device” in your house with a single smartphone app. If you’re looking to install a smart hub in your home, then you ought to call Cyber Technologies, the premier provider of home automation services (and devices) in the Hudson Valley. We’ll help your select the best smart hub for your needs, and we’ll make sure you’ll be able to command every device in your smart home without any trouble.
With over a decade of experience, Cyber Technologies is the leading systems integration expert. Our home integration experts will guide you every step of the way in your home or business project and handle it from start to finish. A few of the services Cyber Technologies offers are Scarsdale Alarm Systems, Westchester Security Alarms, Scarsdale Security Alarms, Home Security Systems Ct, and New York City Alarm Systems.