If you are not ready for monitored home security and just want to focus on home automation, then there are still plenty of options available for you.
First you’ll need to decide on how much automation are you looking to integrate into your lifestyle.
Will you be just automating a few individual elements in your home such as a light, door, camera, or just a smart home assistant setup?
If this is the case, then there are many available individual smart home devices that allow you to easily setup and start automating. This can be a great way to just test the waters with home automation.
Will you be looking for a connected, always communicating fully automated smart home solution?
With this solution, there are more factors to consider since your system will need to be fully compatible.
You can approach this in a few different ways:
Smart home hub
A smart hub system communicates with and controls all your devices using a seamless and consolidated user experience. This is definitely a popular choice as it’s a pre-packaged, plug and play setup that uses the standard wireless home automation languages such as Zigbee and Z-Wave.
This approach works great as the system is totally compatible and allows you to expand your system without any complications.
It would be good for you to have an idea of your favorite devices or areas of automation you may look to expand with in the future. This would allow you to identify the common wireless language in use. Having this predetermined may help you decide on which system to go with as you would want that system compatible with the same wireless language.
Here is a list of some popular home automation systems in California:
- Samsung SmartThings
Standalone devices and software platform
As the home automation industry continues to evolve, there is a spike in development activity with standalone devices such as Google Home and Amazon Echo. These system platforms may eventually replace all the other smart hub systems. These standalone devices are now integrating with third-party devices and can control all aspects of you home such as lighting, climate control, TVs, appliances, etc.
For iOS users, there is HomeKit. This is Apple’s version of the home automation hub and it allows you to control third-party devices via Siri through your iPhone.