Disadvantages of Smart Home Technology

Over the years, as technology improves, many things that we once thought they are science fiction are a reality… such as the smart home. This era has offered us many devices that can automate the daily household activities.

But advancements come with inherent advantages and disadvantages. It’s important to understand the disadvantages of smart homes before deciding to install this technology. 

- Too much, too fast: The learning curve on smart home technology can be overwhelming for some, so if you add too many devices being controlled by too many apps, it can become confusing. That's why we recommend getting in touch in Ktek Team in case you have questions before buying.

- Affinity: There are many smart home automation manufacturers, and not all of their products are compatible. This can mean needing multiple apps to work different devices. Before purchasing a smart home device, make sure it is compatible with your core platform. Common smart home management platforms include Shelly Cloud, Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home. You notice on our website that we propose the full range of Shelly product in Canada to maintain compatibility.

- Rewiring older homes: Not every home is Smart Home ready. For example, today’s smart light switches require a neutral wire. Homes built in the 80s or earlier often skipped this wiring process, so a neutral wire needs to be added to your switch boxes before this type of device can be added. Simply consult with your electrician if having doubts.

- Reliance on an Internet connection: Because most smart home technology requires an Internet connection to operate, when the Internet goes down so does all of your smart home programming. Make sure that your smart home technology can be operated manually for these outages. This is the case for our devices, they can all be operated locally when remote WiFi is down.