Home automation technology has reached a price point where it is accessible to any average home owner. The components are intuitive, easy to use and reliable. Many major electronics manufacturers like Apple and Samsung have invested a great deal in these products, so you know they'll be around for years to come.
One of the nicest features of today's home automation components is that they're scaleable. That means you can start with just one or two automated light switches, or just a thermostat, and expand your system later. Adding more components and more functions is easy. Audio systems are flexible too. You can start with one wireless speaker and expand to other rooms later. See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more options.
Of course, each project is different. But the typical price with installation for a four bedroom house that includes some lighting automation, motion sensors, a thermostat and a voice assistant is around $2000. Adding wireless speakers, a camera and a smart smoke detector will take the price to somewhere around $3500. At that price, you have the full automation experience and convenience that includes voice control, fully programmable music, lighting and temperature, intercom functionality, and control from anywhere you have internet access via your smart phone or tablet. What's more, there are no monthly fees. All you need is internet service.
On the other hand, getting started with one or 2 lighting automation circuits and a voice assistant can be as low as $800.
How does an automation system affect the value of your home?
Lighting automation, beyond the obvious convenience and utility, can lower electricity consumption. That is often a strong selling point to potential buyers. The savings are even more pronounced when the system is programmed to decrease heating and cooling costs by avoiding peak time use, lowering usage while you're away and eliminating waste from appliances and electronics left in stand-by mode. Also, since many components of your system are wireless, you can choose to leave them for your potential buyer or take them with you to your new home.
See our Green page for a more detailed description of how a home automation system can help you use less energy.