5 Reasons Why Your Home Should Use Smart Home Technology
Updated: Feb 20
It is 2020 the idea of a smart home is no longer science fiction like it was decades ago.
You don’t need to be tech savvy or wealthy as a Rockefeller to have a smart home. A
smart home simply means your home systems and your internet are connected in a
way you can operate everything from a remote or voice command. Only 12.5 percent of
all homes are considered smart. That percentage will only go up in the coming years.
1. Home Automation
Everyone has heard of Google Home and Amazon Alexa. As more technology is created
the price of these products will go down. It will get easier to install and operate. Some
of these products are the smart thermostat and smart appliances. Every year, On
average homeowners spend $3500 per person on energy that goes to waste. Studies
have already shown that using a smart thermostat can shave as much as 30 percent off
of energy bills.You may heard the nest smart thermostat. It can save you money on
heating and cooling costs. You can set your home’s temperature far away . Smart
Appliances such as washers,dryers, and dishwashers are more energy efficient than
conventional appliances. You save hundreds on your energy bill by switching to smart
appliances. Samsung has developed a refrigerator that tracks products,recipes and
expiration dates. It also has a screen that monitors everything at the front door or
shows recipe videos while you cook. Maintenance of your home still isn't 100%
automated but home automation makes life easier.
2. Smart Homes Will Influence Home Sales
Home Buyers love smart features as they offer convenience and energy efficiency. The
appeal of smart homes is service.Smart technology is also likely to change the home
selling process . Whether it is retargeting or beacons realtors are using technology to
reach more qualified homeowners.
3. Smart Furniture
Smart Home Developments will also affect interior design and home décor. Ikea is
developing lamps that wirelessly charge your devices. The sleep number smart bed has
a few features that adjust according to your sleep such as a notification when a child is
sick or out of bed.
Lighting makes up 10% of your lighting bill. Motion activated lights are nothing new but
saves money and can be a crime deterrent if used for outdoor lighting. Smart led lights
allow you to control your lighting remotely.
Every room in your house has power outlets. Smart plugs are a step above conventional
power outlets. They can be controlled and monitored remotely. It will take some work by
an electrician to replace existing outlets. A more affordable option is using smart plugs
in your existing outlets. Some plugs come with dimmers while others you can schedule
usage. This is especially useful when there is someone in the home with Alzheimers. You
don’t have to drive over to see if the Iron,TV or AC is on when you can turn everything
off in the mobile app. The TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Plug with Energy Monitoring is one of the
best smart plugs on the market.It’s Alexa integration and remote control feature comes
in handy. Plus its price of $39.99 makes it affordable for any budget. Only drawback is
that not anything can be plugged into a smart plug. A hair dryer or a blender won’t be
able to function.
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