Why is smart home technology so popular?
Posted on 18th October 2021
It’s predicted that the UK’s smart home sector will grow by more than 15% and will be worth over £9billion by 2025.
To meet the demand across residential, commercial, and mixed-use buildings, devices are now available to help homeowners and building managers improve efficiency and remain flexible as behaviour changes.
The new normal
As offices, shops, and even our homes become flexible working spaces, use and temperature requirements are changing.
With sustainability and renewable energy targets included in legislation, futureproofing buildings is becoming a priority for all property types.
New smart devices can help us all to improve energy efficiency whatever we’re doing. Many of these clever devices are suitable for new buildings and for retrofitting into older properties to manage the temperature and improve efficiency.
Almost half of the people who responded to a smart homes survey said that convenience and energy efficiency were top reasons for buying smart home technology. Over one third were interested in safety and protection at home, making alarm systems their priority. More recent interests are in smart TVs and speakers.
Data can be collected from real-life and remote sensors can be installed indoors and outside for the best possible performance in all sorts of weather conditions.
Heating or cooling can be programmed so that spaces will be at the right temperature and controlled throughout the day to keep you comfortable and to improve energy efficiency.
Of course, there’s always a human element, so manual overrides can boost functions when needed.
Smart home technology can also help to identify faults in appliances including overheating and water leaks so that they can be repaired quickly to avoid problems and failures later.
One of the top smart home trends this year is integrated technology for connectivity and ease of use. More smart home devices can communicate with each other so, for example, your Google Home speakers in different rooms can function as groups instead of alone. The Philips Hue lighting system can control the lights for your whole home and you can schedule lighting to suit your needs.
Your smart refrigerator can tell you when you’re low on milk and even add it to the shopping list stored on your Alexa device.
If you have a smartphone and a wi-fi connection, you might be surprised how many things you can connect.
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