Smart technology has come home in a big way when it comes to safety, convenience, and connectivity. From keyless locks to smart thermostats, technology is destined to affect home design and change the ways we perceive our environment. Let’s take a look at how technology is playing an increasingly larger role in daily home life.
Interactive Apps & Gadgets Are Where It’s At:
Security cameras and Wifi may have become passe, but today’s interactive apps and whole house hubs offer real-time control to residents within the home or from far away. Appliances can “talk” to one another and security devices are programmed to alert owners and first responders in case of emergencies. Owners can view what’s happening in and around their homes in real time. Now, you can even talk to your technology, and it will respond you! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of technology.
Benefits of Smart Home Technology:
While safety and security top the list of reasons for wanting smart home technology, entertainment takes a close second in the minds of modern homeowners. Interactive apps that make life easier and more enjoyable are top sellers. You can do anything – from having a refrigerator that reviews it’s own contents and helps you prepare a shopping list to using an app to say hi to your dog and give them a treat while you’re at work. And integrated features are becoming more and more common, even on mid-range models.
It’s All About Saving Time, Energy and Money:
A third area fueling the rush to new technology involves energy and money-saving opportunities. Owners want to be able to monitor energy consumption – both when they are at home and when they are away. Now, that’s possible, with voice-controlled apps, accessible, interactive software, and the ability to connect to your home from remote locations. Now, you can analyze data, adjust settings, change usage patterns and set everything from room temperature to cook times from across the street or across town.
Interestingly enough, a recent survey reports that resale value is a low priority when it comes to smart home technology. Today’s homeowners want what they want, and they aren’t really concerned about future value.
If you’re curious about upping your home’s IQ, splurge on your next appliance and take advantage of all the time and money saving (and sometimes downright amusing) apps smart home technology has to offer!