Although we don’t have flying cars or hoverboards yet, the future is here with a whole industry of available technology to turn your home into a Smart Home. From Voice Assistants like Alexa to answering the door with Ring Doorbells, the use of technology in the home has grown to 57% of homeowners using some form of smart tech. No matter the device, these smart home features make our lives easier, more efficient, & can even reduce our carbon footprints. Not sure where to start with smart home tech or looking for new ideas? Here we cover the different technology, the features, & the benefits.
Voice Assistant Technology
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri
Since 2010, Voice Assistant Technology has steadily increased in use as people become more accustomed to talking to devices. As the technology continues to develop, voice detection is allowing users to set up different profiles for a customized experience to the person using the device. The most common commands include asking the device to play music, turn on the lights, answer questions, provide the weather, & set timers/reminders/alarms. Homeowners can use their phones, computers, tvs, smart home hubs, & other devices to make commands to their voice assistant tech such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple Siri.
Video doorbells, cameras, & alarm systems
If you’re one of the millions of people who ship packages to your doorstep, you’ve probably had the concern of someone swiping your delivery. One of the most popular trends in smart home tech right now is investing in video security systems, doorbells, & alarm systems. The peace of mind a homeowner can have by seeing who is at the door from anywhere with internet connection is a major benefit of these devices. Ring Doorbell systems are probably the most popular devices but many home security providers now offer video doorbells as part of their alarm systems. These systems typically use motion sensors to detect visitors & begin recording the interaction so you can be covered any day at any time.
Sustainable Smart Home Tech
Solar panels & efficient utility systems
One of the fastest-growing trends in smart home tech is using solar panels to generate energy for the home. This is especially the case in cities that receive a lot of sunlight like Miami, Florida or Denver, Colorado. The energy from solar panels can be used for pretty much everything including hot water heaters, everyday energy use, electric stoves, & even charging electric vehicles. Depending on where you live, solar panels are also likely to increase your home’s value and earn you additional tax credits & rebates. Utility systems have also developed smart home technology where they are regulated more efficiently & you can even program from smartphones or tablets.
Human-centric lighting, programmable thermostats, smart appliances
There’s an app for that! From your electric or gas stoves to the lighting features in the living room, smart home tech has advanced to the point of being able to control your home right from your phone. Apps that are available to download allow homeowners to adjust the thermostat from anywhere, dim the lights without missing the movie, & even pre-heat the oven when you’re on the way home from work. As crazy as it may seem, you can even check what’s in the fridge while you are at the grocery store with some of the newer refrigerator models!
Smart Home Technology in the Future
Smart Home Tech has so many benefits, from providing an extra sense of security with video doorbells to lower carbon footprints with sustainable & efficient utility systems. At the very least, these devices & features can make your life easier & more efficient. With technology not showing any signs of slowing down, who knows what will be possible in the future. The Real Estate market has seen an increased focus on having smart home features with many new construction homes having them pre-installed or pre-wired. Buyers are often looking for homes with video doorbells & smart thermostats already installed or the ability to easily install them at the very least. If you are considering selling your home, you may want to consider making these improvements in the near future to increase your home’s value.
Smart Home Tech Sources:
Realtor.com: Smart Home Tech 2020
Redfin: Smart Home Tech to Add to Your Home
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