Is it time to think about smartening up your home?

Is it time to think about smartening up your home?

Smart technology has gone far beyond having an iPhone, Android, and Other Smart Device that utilizes the app market. 

Now homes are joining the smart revolution. Here’s some information about the latest trends.

What is a smart home?

A 'smart home' is one which uses the same communication technology utilized by your smartphone. It connects appliances in your home to a device – like your phone or tablet – so you can control them remotely.

They usually require an internet connection and special applications that you will have to download to control them.

What can you control using smart technology?

You can use smart technology to control anything electrical such as lighting, heating or cooling systems, your TV and household electrical appliances.

You can monitor water, heating and electricity usage.

Frequently used smart home technology has been for household surveillance. This help keep an eye on what’s happening around your home. Surveillance is crucial to helping to prevent burglaries and security of your property.

What’s the uptake in Canada like?

According to a recent study by the NPD Group, over 80 percent of Canadian consumers are aware of home automation products or smart home technology. However, only 16 percent said they owned one. At least 60 percent of consumers have allegedly expressed interest in using some form of home automation or smart product in the home.

Smart Products is therefore likely to be a growing market. Currently, the trend is mostly male 18-34 years old who are buying these products. Half of them have an income of less than $70,000 per year. So it’s not something that is only for the wealthy! According to the survey, it appears that security motivates people. Also, other functions that can include monitoring energy usage in your home can assist you in making your home more energy efficient. Making smart home technology the best investment for your home that saves you money.

There are plenty of products out there on the market produced by the usual tech giants like Google, Amazon and even some smaller producers. It will be useful to keep an eye on them as they can sometimes be pioneers of technology, before being adopted by the former mentioned big names.

In any case, it’s a step worth considering, particularly moving into a new home. If you’re in the market of buying a new home, then get in contact with the Tyson Wokoeck & Associates to see how we can help.