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Disadvantages of a Smart Home

Updated February 21, 2017

Smart homes utilise top innovations such as advanced lighting elements and security systems to bring comfort and convenience to your living experience. As smart houses become more popular and the technological advances are more widely used, owning a smart home has its advantages. Nevertheless, many factors still keep homeowners hesitant about purchasing a smart home.

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Cost of Intelligence

Installing state-of-the-art features inside a home results in a higher price tag for the property. The cost of an intelligent home that makes our lives convenient is high because some of the technology is relatively new. In new smart homes, wireless cameras and light sensors, a central touchscreen and automated systems are just a few advances that are standard in a new home. The cost of living expenses such as utilities, maintenance and repair of the technology can be expensive as well.

Technology Learning Curve

Owning a smart home means having to learn how to use your home. Unlike traditional homes, smart home technology requires you to adapt to the innovations within your living area such as security systems, air units and a remote that controls your entire house. For the technology-savvy family, the smart home will help achieve convenience faster, but for others, it will take reading manuals and learning how-to before the benefits of convenience pay off.

Video Surveillance

Video surveillance can be a wonderful tool in heightening security and deterring crime, but when the technology falls into the wrong hands, issues of privacy can occur. Security sensors within the doors and walls of a smart home use wireless technology to transfer signals to a central control unit that notifies emergency officials of any foreign activity. Video surveillance feeds are also transferred wirelessly to a part of the home that can be monitored. If the security feeds from the video and sensor fall into the wrong hands, your smart home could be monitored by those who have managed to hack it.

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About the Author

Paul Lin has been writing professionally since 2010. He has written scripts for the National Science Foundation and short films that have won awards at film festivals. His knowledge of broad topics along with visual scriptwriting allows him to write articles that brings words to life. Lin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scriptwriting from the University of North Texas.

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