3 Budget-Friendly Home Automation Options

Getting started with home automation is more affordable than you think. There are so many ways automation can make your home life easier, whether you’re starting small or going for a full smart home system. If you’re ready to jump into the world of home automation but need to start small, these devices and systems offer some affordable ways you can automate your home on a budget.



Set up smart lights.

A smart lighting system is at the top of the list in home automation basics. Imagine lighting your home automatically when you open your garage door or setting up a path of lights from the driveway to your kitchen when you get home from work. Smart lights are energy-efficient, too, and can be set to automatically turn off even if you forget.

There is a range of products you can choose from, including Wi-Fi bulbs that you can control using your handheld device or even the motion sensor lights. Installation is simple, but we recommend getting a bridge to control every light in your home.


Invest in automated electronics and appliances.

A smart plug is a convenient device that allows you to control various electronic devices and appliances from your smartphone. You can easily schedule when electronics turn on or off or even schedule an ‘away’ mode that makes it seem you are home, even when you aren’t.

Looking for more energy savings? Thermostat controls are a huge drain on your energy bills every month, and a smart thermostat can make all the difference. By using environmental sensors, scheduling, and the location of your smartphone, a smart thermostat can significantly reduce energy consumption and keep your home comfortable all year long.


Install smart locks and other safety devices.

Home security is a big concern for many families. Have you ever wondered if you forgot to lock the door on your way out? Worried you didn’t set the alarm before you got in bed? Smart locks and other security devices can give you and your family peace of mind whether you’re at home or away. Control your security system and even lock and unlock doors from your smartphone, or set up security cameras and get instant notifications when someone rings the doorbell.

Carbon dioxide and smoke detectors have also joined the smart device party. Connect to your home’s Wi-Fi and get alerts when they detect carbon dioxide, smoke, or even when the system is low on battery life.


Automating your home can be an ongoing project, but anyone can start small and work their way up. Carolina Custom Sound can work with you based on your budget and preferences to tailor a home automation system that you can gradually build on over time. The number of smart products on the market is dizzying and the associated technology jargon can be a bit confusing. But you don’t need to be a techie to start enjoying the convenience and energy savings that a home automation system brings. Contact us to get started on your home automation project.

What is Home Automation? Here’s a rundown.

Home automation might seem like science fiction, but in reality, these are real, affordable solutions that enhance and simplify your everyday lifestyle.

Home automation allows you to control lighting, HVAC systems, entertainment systems, and appliances all from a central remote control system, like an app on your phone or tablet. You can even take it a step further and integrate your home security system with your automated devices to control your cameras, locks, and alarm system remotely.



Why invest in smart home automation?

Smart homes tend to be more energy-efficient, more secure, and more comfortable and convenient than non-smart homes. Committing to smart home technology is an investment in your living experience that will make your home more enjoyable for you and your family. 

The best part? Home automation isn’t exclusive to high-end custom homes. You can create a luxurious living experience in even the most basic house, and keep it in the budget by starting small and working your way up. 


3 Perks of an Automated Home



Do you struggle to find the right remote for your TV or streaming device? Wouldn’t it be great if the kitchen light instantly turned on when the garage is opened after you get home with a car full of groceries? From consolidating electronics to creating fully automated home scenarios, home automation is full of possibilities for you, your home, and your family. 



Whether you’re checking in on the kids when they get home from school, forgot to close the garage door when you left for work, or just want to see who’s at the front door, integrating your security cameras, locks, and auxiliary security services with your automation operating system can keep you and your home more secure. 



With smart home automation, you no longer have to pay a higher energy bill every time you drive off and leave the AC running or leave all the lights on. Simply open your home app on your smartphone to adjust the lights, HVAC, and other electronics no matter where you are.


Not sure where to start? Chat with our team at Carolina Custom Sound to find the home automation experience that fits your lifestyle and budget. Here’s an Infographic to reference during your consultation.



4 Benefits of Hiring a Professional for Your Home Automation Project

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Nowadays, it seems like no matter what kind of project you’re working on, there’s always the option to do it yourself. For some, that may not be an option, for some savvy homeowners, it may take some convincing in order for them to cave and hire professional home automation installer. That said, just because you can try to turn your next project into a DIY-adventure doesn’t mean you should. Here’s why.




In most cases, the professional that you hire for your project not only knows what and how to get the work done, but most specialists are masters of their trade. Whether it’s installing smart lighting or just integrating a Google Home or Amazon Alexa, even if you yourself have dabbled in technology, there’s a professional who’s already that same job a hundred times before. This offers you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your project will get done correctly and efficiently the first time around. Why put off being able to enjoy your home theater just because you hesitated to hire a professional?



In any job, whether it is the design and installation of a smart home system,  work within a corporate office, or on an athletic field, experience is usually required because experience is so valuable. Whether you look at it as a patron or a hiring manager, experience can make a huge difference in how a job gets done. Having an experienced pro get a job done for you will give you confidence about the work being done is high quality.



More than anything, the convenience of having someone else install your smart home devices, outfit your home with smart locks and set up your central control system simply takes more work off of your plate. If, like most of us, you’re trying to work full time and constantly trying to upgrade your home, it’s easy to feel overloaded and get nothing done at all. Why not hire a professional and call it a day?



Along with convenience comes safety. Not only are many home projects time consuming, but some can be dangerous if you don’t hire a qualified professional. Hiring a pro gives you a sense of security that you and your home will be safe. Professionals will have the right equipment and the right sense of how to get work done in a safe and timely fashion. 


Working on a project yourself can be a strenuous process. Hiring a professional makes your life easier and gives you the best chance of having a project finished without any issues. For more on the benefits of home automation and hiring a professional to install a system designed for your unique home, check out Carolina Custom Sounds’ home automation options. We’re not a ‘once and done’ sort of company – we’re committed to building relationships with our customers as we help them develop a lifestyle experience in their homes!