The home of the future is more aware, more reactive.
As seemingly every gadget, item, or appliance now has a “smart” version. But it’s not just about being “smart.” There are high-tech products that offer home automation, improved security, efficiency, and remote access.
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One thing is certain. 2016 will be the year of the smart home. Many smart home systems and innovative products are available. And the market is taking off; consumers are eating these products right up.
In fact, according to a Coldwell Banker survey, nearly half of all Americans own some type of smart home technology or have plans to install it.
The Hottest High Tech Home Trends
Since the year is more than halfway through, it makes sense to take a look at some of the hottest trends that have cropped up.
DIY Smart Home Security
Gone are the days where the only home security option is a pricey subscription to a service like Brinks or ADT. Now, you can simply do-it-yourself by picking up a smart home security device. And there are many!
You can buy complete systems, cameras, motion detectors, portable monitoring devices (Canary) and more. The beauty of it is that most of these devices can be tapped into from your mobile phone, or remotely (like when you’re at work) from a computer. They allow you to keep an eye on your home, and alert the authorities in the event of an emergency.
52% of consumers polled have indicated that they know about smart home security tech and want to install it in their home.
It is one of the most popular trends in high-tech homes today. Considering how affordable and convenient these devices are it’s easy to see why.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Another popular trend in the smart home industry involves energy efficiency and conservation. We've already seen a huge increase in people using energy efficiant log cabin kits and using eco-friendly construction when putting them up. But how can you make your own home more efficiant?
The average US family spends over $2,200 a year on utility bills alone. Utility costs are rising, so it makes sense why folks would want to save money, and that’s exactly what these devices are designed to do.
Home automation systems are meant to improve a home’s energy efficiency, lowering the cost of utility bills. These are products like programmable thermostats (Nest), automated lighting, motion sensors, and solar-powered products.
Generally, these devices show exactly how many resources your family is using and several ways to take action. Nest, for instance, learns your habits and automatically adjusts indoor temperature levels for you. This saves money because the A/C isn't always on, and the temperatures shift naturally over time as opposed to abruptly.
There are even high-tech home devices that can help you conserve water!
Complete and Wireless Home Controls
Complete control over your domain is another trend that’s popular, and not just that but wireless and remote access to do so, as well.
Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t love to control everything in their home from the comfort of their couch. We’re talking, lights, the A/C thermostat, TVs, home entertainment systems, window shades or blinds, and much more.
Better yet, what if you could control your home remotely and have everything just the way you like it by the time you get there? All of that is possible in the modern smart home.
While at work you can tap into your home security system and check to make sure everything is okay. You can also monitor your pets to make sure they’re behaving. You can switch off lights you forgot about while rushing out of the house. You can even water your plants and tend to your garden.
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How awesome is that?