Home Safety News Home Automation: Frequently Asked Questions Written by SafeWise Team | Updated May 9, 2019 What is a “smart home”? Why is home automation still not mainstream? What is a smart thermostat? What are the different operating standards for home automation technology? What are the benefits of home automation? What wiring do I need for a home automation system? Which devices are most commonly controlled in a smart home? What are the elements of a home automation system? Are smart homes affordable? Does home automation increase home value? When is the best time to install home automation? I am building a new home. When should I call for home automation services? How can I save energy with home automation? Are all Z-Wave devices compatible? When I use home automation, is my information secure? Does smart home technology work for businesses? Do I have to make my whole house smart? Can I upgrade an existing or older home with smart home technology? How long does it take to install smart home technology? Is home automation worth it? What home automation systems are available today and what products do they work with?