Smart homes have typically been seen as a luxury for those with money to burn, or, if you’re feeling particularly unkind, those of a less-active disposition. The ability to control your central heating with your smartphone or turn your house lights on and off using voice commands certainly has an element of usefulness, but popular opinion around the idea appeared to be that such technology wasn’t high on people’s lists of priorities when it came to managing their home.
Recent research by the Property Expert suggests that this isn’t the case, however; according to their findings, almost three-in-four homes have at least one connected smart automation device of some description already. Further research has advised that by 2023, this sort of technology should be commonplace across the country, with close to 1.5 million homes planning to fully automate their home in the next five years.
What’s the thinking behind this surge to make your home work for you? The data seems to suggest that it comes from a practical place, with 40% of those people with smart home technology confirming that their purchasing habits were based around a desire to make their lives easier. When you consider the practicalities of turning your heating on prior to your arrival at home during the cold winter months, or controlling your TV watching or music listening activities without having to get up from the sofa, perhaps it’s no wonder!
Beyond that, 31% profess their purchases to be down to a desire to keep up with the latest technology, with a further 18% citing a need to cut their energy bills with the installation of smart meters. At the other end of the scale, 3% simply wanted to keep up with their neighbours.
Currently, the most popular forms of in-home gadgetry are smart TVs, smart meters, home hubs such as Amazon Echo, heating and smart speakers. The landscape could change drastically by the time we hit 2023, of course; technology like smart fridges with the capacity to order food or sensors that monitor your movement and adjust the lighting in your home accordingly could become more prevalent as smart speakers and TVs become the norm.
There’s certainly an element of attraction to automation too; it can add value to any kind of home, be that purchased or rental property. With that in mind, should you be wondering of ways to increase the price of your house, flat or abode, you could do far worse than investigate ways to kit your domicile out with the last technology.