As technology progresses daily, we’ve grown accustomed to controlling everything from our phones.
Want a pizza? Need a game score? Want to check the weather or traffic? There’s probably a handy app that you can open right now and accomplish that. Plus, your phone probably has your credit card saved so you don’t even have to put that effort in at the end either.
Following that logic, it only makes sense that home builders would race toward a similar result with home automation systems that make your day-to-day life inside the house just as intuitive as the one you live inside your phone.
So what does that look like for home builders? Well, it takes many forms. We’ll dive into a few of the trendiest ones below.
Smart from the Start
If you want total control of who has access to your home and when they do, then you should start with your front door.
Many home automation systems now include smart door locks and even video doorbells that help provide an extra level of security whether you are home or away. The first allows you to lock and unlock the door with a programed code (or several) giving kids the ability to enter your home even if they lose their keys or more of a single-use plan for contractors and other technicians to save you a half-day at work to supervise a service all.
A video doorbell may give you an extra sense of peace with a short recording of visitors — and the occasional bird — that visits your front porch so you can see when the kids get home from school, someone delivers a package, or has more nefarious plans.
One or both of these options can probably tie into your smart home security system giving you an even more complete automation system.
Safety and Security
According to the 2015 statistics from the FBI, property crimes occur every 3.9 seconds in the United States. The average loss per burglary was 2,316 and 58 percent involved forcible entry.
This is a big part of the reason that home builders are starting to include smart home security systems in every new home they build. This can range from the smart door locks and home security cameras to glass break sensors on the windows and smoke detectors inside the home.
Most of these systems will notify you through an app or a call if anything seems awry at home giving you the opportunity to address the threat in real time and call the police if need be.
Comfort and Convenience
Once you’re safely and securely settled inside your home, smart home devices can make your day-to-day even easier to master.
Start with your environment and control the temperature with a smart thermostat. This can help you lower your energy costs with the ability to monitor your usage and change your settings on the go.
Then turn to your lighting. No one likes hunting for the right switches or stumbling around in the dark. You can prevent both of these by consolidating the controls with smart light bulbs switches and outlets. Hit one switch on your way to bed or wake everyone up in the morning with one tap.
One of the most popular purchases is the smart speaker. Whether you answer to Alexa, Echo or a Google Assistant, these smart home integrations shave valuable minutes off your morning routine with weather and traffic reports, schedule updates and quick answers to any other questions to help you prepare for the day ahead.
The Future is Now
According to Statista, the smart house market is predicted to reach a value of 40 billion USD in the United States alone by 2020. That means, home buyers will likely come to accept these features as standard as they shop in the future.
Some of the companies staying ahead of the curve are relying on “Smart Home” branding to showcase their offerings.
This can include any of the things we mentioned above in addition to a smart range and carbon dioxide detectors to keep your family safe inside your home as well.