At times, it seems like technology is advancing faster than we can even think about purchasing it. Manufacturers are introducing new models of phones and tablets every few months. Now it appears that technology is hitting another major frontier — your home.
Smart home technology, which changes the way you interact with your home, already has been embraced by 28 percent of Americans, according to a 2015 survey. The reasons these early adopters give for buying into smart home devices range from security to convenience.
Another survey, conducted by iControl Networks, revealed that safety was consumers’ top reason (67 percent) for purchasing smart home devices like security cameras and alarms. However, they also cited convenience as an attractive factor, with 13 percent saying they want to be able to open the garage door remotely and 23 percent wanting the thermostat to automatically adjust.
Here are a few simple ways a smart home could actually change your life:
Good morning! A smart home can make waking up and getting out of bed much more pleasant than a blaring alarm. The technology allows you to set a timer for your blinds to open in the morning, letting the sun in before your alarm goes off, slowly turn up the house lights, and turn on the television so the morning news is on when you wake up.
Locked out? No worries. Keyless entry makes this a problem of the past. Systems give you the option of opening your door remotely, or setting passwords to ensure safety. This also comes in handy when you’re hosting family for the weekend, or having a house sitter while you’re on vacation. Simply give them a password and there’s no need to leave a key concealed under a rock for them.
Did I close the garage door? With advanced smart-home technology, there’s no need to turn the car around and drive back home to check. Simply look at your smart home app on your phone and it will let you know. If you did leave the garage door open, press a button, and Voila! The door will close remotely. You can even set a timer for your garage door to open and close when you leave for work and come home.
There are so many features making smart homes appealing, whether you plan on staying in your current home forever or plan on selling. Realtors are encouraging sellers to install smart-home technology to help their homes sell faster, especially if the seller is already planning on making additional upgrades.
As this smart home technology evolves, it could make life easier one day at a time.