Luxury smart-home technology will soon give many Americans the ability to control functions in their homes with the convenience of the click of a few buttons.
Today, an estimated 45 percent of Americans either have implemented smart-home technology or plan to invest in it in 2016, according to Coldwell Banker’s Smart Home Marketplace Survey, conducted in advance of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. By 2020, half of American households will have smart homes, Parks Associates projects.
At this point, most smart-home users are only using a few devices, but as adoption increases, more home functions will become automated. Here are five ways smart-home technology lets you manage your home with your smartphone or other digital device.
Smart TVs and speakers were examples of the most popular type of smart-home technology in Coldwell Banker’s survey, used by 44 percent of people with smart technology. Last year saw the introduction of platform-oriented smart TVs, with Sony and Sharp rolling out Android TVs, and Roku expanding its line, reports CNET TV and home theater section editor David Katzmaier.
Meanwhile, Samsung is making all new smart TVs compatible with its SmartThings platform, enabling them to serve as a central control for smart homes. Samsung’s platform is designed to control all devices with a single app, rather than requiring multiple apps for each device.
The hub enables users to stream footage from security cameras and unlock doors for visitors. An included Cinema Mood feature allows users to change LED light colors, close blinds, and set smartphones to “do not disturb mode” to enhance the TV-watching atmosphere.
Apple is also expected to push deeper into the smart TV space in the coming year.
Smart security systems were the next most popular type of smart home technology among Coldwell Banker respondents, used by 31 percent of smart technology owners.
Outside of entertainment, security systems are the biggest driver of smart home technology adoption, with 63 percent of those who plan to adopt smart-home technology in the next year saying family safety is their biggest motivation, according to a Home and Infinity Home survey.
Smart security systems, such as a Lorex by FLIR security camera system, use security system apps that allow homeowners to use their smartphones to:
- Monitor security footage from anywhere remotely
- Receive notifications when motion is detected
- Review recorded footage
- Adjust security camera angles
Smart-home device ownership is projected to double over the next 12 months, largely due to security system purchases.
Smart thermostats are the third most popular type of smart home technology, used by 30 percent of smart technology users.In fact, the number of smart thermostats in North American and European homes increased 105 percent in 2014 to 3.2 million units, and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 64.2 percent by 2019, projects Berg Insight.
Smart thermostats automatically perform functions like adjusting temperatures to season, time of day and how many people are home, and can also be controlled by smartphone. Smart-thermostat users save 10 percent to 12 percent on heating and 15 percent on cooling, according to Nest.
Outdoor Lighting; Lawn, Garden Care
Smart-home technology applications aren’t limited to inside the home. Outdoor smart applications let you control your landscape lighting while you’re away from home. It can also automatically schedule plant watering, adjust your sprinkler schedule to weather and soil conditions, and manually control your sprinkler through your smartphone. Meanwhile, automated lawnmowers even let you remotely use your phone to mow your lawn.
Last but not least, smart-home technology even let’s you use your smartphone to take care of your pets when you’re away. Automatically schedule feedings, set up sensors to keep pets off the couch, open doors remotely to let pet sitters in, and receive alerts if your pet breaches a perimeter fence. Petnovations’ CatGenie self-cleaning litter box will even hook up to a bathroom or laundry room line to flush away cat litter while you’re gone.
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