Converting your home into a smart home doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it can be quite affordable if you know where to shop and what to look for. You can easily spend thousands of dollars in home automation technology, especially if you decide to use top notch equipment such as pro-grade home automation controllers or pro-grade home security systems. But, you don’t need pro-grade systems in order to make your home smart. You can start small and use inexpensive devices that are easy to install and simple to use.
To help you get started, we put together a collection of affordable devices you might want to consider using when adding home automation to your property. But before we begin, you’ll need to understand that not all smart home devices can communicate with each other. There are different wireless protocols such as Z-Wave, ZigBee, Wi-Fi, and others to think about. You’ll have to make sure that all of your devices are compatible in order for them to communicate with one another.
As mentioned above, there are pro-grade home automation controllers with price tags that are well over a thousand dollars, but there are also DIY home automation controllers that are as low as $99.95. A good example is the VeraEdge Z-Wave Home Controller, which can manage up to 220 Z-Wave and IP devices, including door locks, cameras, thermostats, automation modules, and more. To manage your devices, all you need is Internet access so you can sign in to a free online account with a mobile device or PC. There’s also the Zipato Zipabox Home Automation Controller – it has a price tag of $199.00 and comes with numerous product features that will control an array of systems such as security, lighting, climate, irrigation, multimedia, video monitoring and much more.
Plug-In Modules (less than $100)
Plug-in control modules are really cool devices that can turn your simple desk light in a smart light. They’re extremely is to use. Just plug the module into a standard outlet then plug the light into the module. That’s it. With a compatible home controller, you’ll be able to control your light easily and wirelessly. Just remember that there are different wireless protocols to keep in mind – if you have a Z-Wave controller, you’ll need a Z-Wave plug-in control module in order for you to control your light.
Lighting – Switches, Dimmers, Scene Controllers (less than $200)
Smart switches and dimmers are easy and inexpensive ways to control lighting or other devices at home. There a variety to choose from including rocker switches, toggle switches, and dimmer wall switches. You can incorporate them into your smart home wireless network to control your lights remotely or create lighting schedules. Scene controllers can be used to control different lighting scenes by the push of a button. For example, you can push one button that will turn on all the lights in the kitchen while another button will set the perfect mood lighting for movie night.
There are wireless home security systems sold in kits that are not only easy to install, but also simple to manage. What’s great about wireless home security systems is that they can be programmed and controlled from anywhere at anytime using a smartphone via a mobile app. Wireless home security kits typically come with a control panel, several sensors (doors, windows, and motion), and a wireless remote control. Although each kit is different and offers various features, almost all of them can be expanded so that you can add more devices to your property to optimize your home security.
The NuBryte An All-In-One Smart Home System (less than $300)
The NuBryte Touchpoint Console is an affordable, all-in-one smart home system that controls home lighting, provides home security, acts as an intercom system, and provides a slew of features to help manage family life at home. For installation, you’ll have to replace one of your home’s existing light switches (single or double gang options are available) with the NuBryte Touchpoint Console. For some, the price may seem a bit steep but in the long run it’s still less expensive than other systems and well worth the price for everything it can do. The NuBryte Touchpoint Console may be the only home automation system you’ll ever need.
There are many affordable home automation devices that can be used to make your home smart. Just remember that in time you can always upgrade to a pro-grade system. But in the meantime, the products we mentioned above will work just fine.
Do you need help finding inexpensive smart home options? If so, Home Controls can help by offering free support and product advice. Just call our toll free number at 858-693-8887 (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday). We’ll be more than happy to assist you with finding the right smart home automation products to turn your home into a smart home.