Best Home Automation Buying Guide

Welcome to Setting It Smart! Let’s explore what home automation and smart devices can do for your daily needs.

What is home automation? Home automation products and systems are pieces of technology that do tasks with little or no human interaction. They are computer based products, or combination of products, usually referred to as smart devices or in some cases a smart home.

For example:

  • Robot vacuums can roam and clean your floors while avoiding stairs and other hazards.
  • Some smart thermostats can adjust the temperature of a room based on the number of occupants and learn your preferences.
  • Smart assistants can answer questions, play music, adjust lighting, and many other functions with your voice commands.

These are just a few examples of smart home products that you can implement into your home. In this guide we will cover who we are, what we do, and how you can use our site to better help you transform the future of your home and your life.

About Setting It Smart

We work hard to find the most innovative, creative and practical home automation stuff out there and aim to break it down into easy to understand language, video and images.

We measure our success based on your feedback and try to provide everything you ask of us to make your life easier when implementing smart ideas at home.


Who is Justin Micheal?

How does he know about this stuff?

Home Automation System

Hey there, I’m Justin the lead editor at Setting It Smart and a family guy in my mid-thirties who has been dabbling with technology since the late 80’s. I’m currently engrossed with fully integrating the future into my home.

I used to tinker with electronic toys as a child and then with our first home computer against my parents approval.

Those were the days when it was simple to plug a cable in the wrong way and cause things to smoke and catch fire. Don’t worry, most things today only go in only one way, are color coded and designed to be user friendly.

"My point is that I’ve made mistakes... a lot of mistakes."

Through those mistakes I’ve developed a better understanding of how things work, what to consider and what to avoid.


How Setting It Smart Began

Because smart home technologies are new and constantly evolving, there’s a massive gap of information for people like you and I.

Since I already help friends and family with their tech problems, I thought others could benefit from my knowledge as well. The best part is that by documenting my thoughts on this site, I can easily direct anyone here without having to repeat myself over and over again.

"It felt like a no-brainer to share my knowledge and experiences."

However, since starting this project I’ve realized that I can’t do it all alone. There is just too much information to cover for one person, so I’ve enlisted the help of other tech savvy friends and bloggers to help out.


Top Smart Home Automation Myths

Do you like the idea of your home automatically adjusting the lights when you enter a room? How about relaxing while a robot vacuum cleans the floors or being able to video chat with your pet while you’re on break at work?

Unfortunately, most people assume that implementing home automation systems or products are either expensive or too complicated to set up.

But that’s definitely not the case!

#1 Too Expensive

A few years ago I might have agreed, but today you can start implementing smart technologies without breaking your bank account. The price of technology goes down dramatically as things are improved and mass produced.

For example, older models or versions may cost less than half the price of newer ones and still have many of the same functions.

Sometimes these changes are simply in design or improvements to battery life which doesn’t significantly impact the main function that it was built for.

What is the best home automation system? At the end of the day you don’t need to upgrade everything in your home, only the things that you take interest in. With Setting It Smart helping you along the way there’s no reason to buy things you don’t need.

#2 Too Complicated

The whole idea of a smart home, or smart device, is to make your life easier.

There may be times when you might want to call in a professional, such as rewiring a new HVAC system, but operation afterwards should be a breeze. Other items may be as simple as charging the battery, turning it on and let it go to work for you.

Can you follow step-by-step instructions?

Great! Setting It Smart also covers easy to follow directions through text, pictures, and sometimes videos to help demonstrate what to do including a variety of troubleshooting guides just in case you get stuck!


Why You Should Follow Setting It Smart

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    Upfront and Honest - We’ll tell you in our product reviews who we think might be the ideal owner of said product and who wouldn’t be. We cover both the good and not so good so that you can make a better informed decision before investing in any technology for your home.
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Great Places To Start Automating Your Home


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As much as we love sharing our knowledge, it is a lot of work. Every bit of feedback we receive helps motivate us to continue on.

"Thank you so much for all of your kind words, constructive feedback, and sharing our site with your friends and family!"

Spend some time on this page and explore the resources listed to get a better understanding of smart technologies and Setting It Smart.

Thanks for reading!

Justin Micheal,
Setting It Smart Lead Editor