The Impact Of The Digital Revolution On The Smart Home Industry

26/09/2018

The Impact Of The Digital Revolution On The Smart Home Industry

“Recent years have seen a rapid increase in the use of home automation technology in the U.S. The digital revolution (especially in the world of IoT) has fueled an exciting new phase with companies in the home automation industry, offering consumers new and improved smart home technologies and giving rise to a totally interconnected, easy-to-control environment termed the “smart home.” These devices offer consumers remote control monitoring of common household devices and improved utility savings.

Research from Statista predicts that by the end of 2018, more than 45 million smart home devices will be installed in U.S. homes, making the average revenue per home around $490. This is an annual growth rate for the home automation industry of 22% year over year to nearly $20 billion in the U.S.

This growth is attributed to a number of factors, including the continuing rise in energy costs, decreasing cost of smart home technologies, current government policies and incentives regarding energy consumption, and increasing customer awareness of the impact of their consumptive activities on the environment. Statistics show that, currently, only 12-16% of U.S. homes own smart devices, leaving entire segments of the market untouched, due to the fact that mass adoption has its challenges.” – by Michael Cavvale

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How smart Is your home?

25/09/2017

How smart Is your home?

It is estimated that by 2021, 73 million homes — or 55 percent of all homes in the United States — will be smart-homes due to technology innovations that increase the efficiency and comfort of consumers’ homes, according to market research firm Berg Insight. Some of today’s most popular devices that homeowners and homebuyers alike are seeking include:

Smart thermostats – Among the most popular and arguably the most effective at improving energy efficiency, smart thermostats can learn the temperature preferences of the homeowner and auto-adjust to his or her schedule.

Smart security systems – The price points and options are seemingly endless, but highlights typically include remote/mobile access and control, to security camera footage and auto-locking doors.

Smart light bulbs – Certain energy-efficient light bulbs can keep shining when the power goes out, illuminate or dim at desired times or at the sound of a doorbell, and sync with smartphones so the lights can turn on when the homeowner is not home.

Smart doorbells – These come in various designs and colors, but most offer high-definition footage of live and/or recorded video whenever someone presses the bell, or on demand if the owner wants to see if someone is at the door.

Smart window shades – Control them from a phone, schedule them to open and close at specific times and/or simply tell them what to do using the voice activation feature that many models offer.

All in One

Smart hubs allow users to control multiple smart-home devices that are interconnected through a central hub. Most of the big manufacturers offer hubs for their various products, but products from different makers do not always integrate easily with each other, if at all. It is important to determine what your home automation needs are first and then identify which products offer the most compatibility.

“I always suggest that consumers start small with just a Hub and a Multipurpose Sensor,” said Jayson Howell, home appliance builder division account manager at Samsung and HBA member. “With those in place, you can do so many things — get notifications if a door is opened, trigger a light to go on if movement is detected in the garage, or know when your elderly parent opens the medicine cabinet.”

There are many applications for using smart-home technology depending on the needs and desires of a homeowner. “Via just a single app, users can turn on the lights, turn up the music and manage everything in between, whether they’re at home or away from the house,” said Howell. “The possibilities are endless.”

Given the convenience, efficiency and ease of use of smart-home technology, expect to see several of these features in future Parade homes.

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Why Smart Home Devices Are A Strong Growth Opportunity For Best Buy

10/07/2017

Why Smart Home Devices Are A Strong Growth Opportunity For Best Buy

 

Recently, Best Buy announced that it is expanding space in 700 of its stores to better showcase Amazon’s Echo and Google Home devices and their interaction with smart home technology. Smart home technology is likely to be a key growth driver for Best Buy in the next few years. According to Zion Market Research, the global smart home market is likely to grow at a CAGR (compounded annual growth rate) of 14.5% between 2017 and 2022 and reach $53.45 billion by 2022. While home owners are enjoying the convenience and comfort of home automation, many need a detailed demo to be able to understand these products and choose the correct one for their homes. Further, integration of the smart home control device (Amazon Echo or Google Home) with devices such as lights, security systems and appliances is the key to convenience. For a smart purchase, homeowners need to understand these links to get the most value from these products. Expanding its store space to display these devices and demonstrate how connections work can help Best Buy in attracting and converting more customers for these products.

North America is expected to be the largest market for smart home products, and given Best Buy’s solid market position in the region, it is well poised to capture this growth. Further, setting up a home automation system can be fairly complicated, and Best Buy has an opportunity to provide services for setup, generating additional revenues. The company recently entered into a partnership with smart home solutions provider Vivint to sell its products and services in 400 Best Buy stores starting this summer. This partnership will ensure that at least one Vivint employee is present at Best Buy stores to assist customers in their purchase and installation decisions. While the smart home market is likely to grow rapidly in the next few years, issues such as complexity of installation and lack of awareness/education on the benefits of these products can suppress adoption. By bringing in experts to its stores to educate customers, Best Buy is ensuring that it retains its strength of a “go-to” place to understand and purchase new technologies. This initiative is likely to drive sales going forward.

We expect Best Buy’s revenues to decline gradually over our forecast period as it faces intense competition from e-commerce and omni-channel players such as Amazon.

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However, a decent share of the $50 billion+ home automation market along with a focus on e-commerce initiatives can help Best Buy arrest this decline and grow revenues in the long term.

By:  Trefis Team Contributor

8/06/2017

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Lots of great possibilities in home automation

8/05/2017

Lots of great possibilities in home automation

By Duane Pahl

As technology moves more into our personal lives and our homes, going “smart” will also make us go “green.” Even better is when prices start coming down so that we can use these technologies more and more. You can purchase most of these “smart” items online, and hopefully on Guam soon.

If you’re a new homeowner or someone who’s looking to make improvements to your current home, you may be looking for an answer to the question “What is a smart home?” Put simply, “smart home” refers to any number of automated ways the systems present in your home – from lighting to security to outdoor sprinklers – can be configured to run automatically, and in some cases, even controlled remotely via the internet from anywhere on the planet.

Integrated systems

Home automation systems integrate electrical devices with one another. The systems controlled through home automation are sometimes connected to the home’s computer network, letting homeowners control them remotely from their computers or mobile devices.

The main system categories controlled by home automation are lighting, security, HVAC and outdoor sprinkler systems, although there are many other uses for home automation, including pet feeding and landscaping devices.

Systems that control lighting often operate on a timer, so that some or all house lighting turns on or off at pre-set times. The greatest benefit of lighting automation is energy and cost savings, but automated lighting may also be viewed as a security benefit, since a well-lit house may be less of a target for criminals.

Widely available and relatively affordable, home security systems can be integrated with an existing whole-house automation system, or they can operate independently. They offer varying levels of complexity, from simple detectors that monitor door and window security to complex combinations of motion detectors, closed-circuit and online cameras.

Your home’s cooling systems can also be controlled via home automation, often with significant energy-saving benefits. Homeowners can regulate cooling in their entire homes or in individual rooms or zones, and create a temperature schedule. For example, if you mother-in-law from Dededo wants to come and stay with you and she loves her room very cold, then you can “automate” from your mobile phone or pre-set temperatures for her space only. Literally, pretty cool!

 

Outdoor sprinkler systems are also often offered as part of home automation and control, as they eliminate the need for unsightly and ineffective standalone sprinklers or time-consuming manual hose watering. They can even be adjusted to respond to weather changes automatically, ensuring more watering during dry stretches and shutting down to conserve water during periods of rainfall.

Convenience, cost, time savings

Home automation and control systems offer tremendous benefits of convenience, cost and time savings. Depending on your budget and the needs of your home, an integrated whole-house automation system or a series of standalone systems may be the right choice. Regardless of which approach you choose, it’s likely you’ll see immediate returns both economically and in terms of increased free time.

We have a very exciting future ahead of us all!

5 smart home trends homebuyers want in 2017

24/04/2017

5 smart home trends homebuyers want in 2017

BY KAYLA MATTHEWS

As a real estate agent, you might think this technology is beyond your needs. Not only that, you might think there’s little to no use for it in your industry.

However, smart home technology and IoT may make it easier to sell homes and real estate, especially to younger audiences. A recent survey revealed that 86 percent of millennials are willing to spend more money to rent a place with smart home technology already implemented.

If they’re willing to spend more on rent, it stands to reason they’re willing to spend more for a home purchase.

That same survey found 65 percent of baby boomers are willing to spend more to rent a place with smart home technology. Although that number is significantly less, it’s still pretty substantial.

If anything, it shows that smart home technology is quite popular these days. So popular, in fact, that 80 million smart home devices were delivered globally in 2016, which is a 64 percent increase from the prior year. Those numbers are expected to continue climbing well into 2017.

Considering those stats, now is the time to get on board with IoT and smart home technology.

But what are the most viable trends that you should be on the lookout for? What technology is in high demand from homebuyers? More importantly, how will it help you make a sale faster and move some homes?

1. Leak detection sensors

Fire alarms, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, radon detectors, moisture detectors — these are all devices that help you keep the home environment safe. There are even air quality devices that measure the air inside a home and identify dangerous toxins.

A Coldwell Banker Real Estate survey revealed that safety devices — like the detectors mentioned — are a large part (56 percent) of what qualifies a homes “smart” in the eyes of those polled.

Why is any of this important? Because we all need to feel safe at home, and smart technology that can handle this kind of monitoring can help us with that.

Perhaps the most useful of these devices is the smart leak detection sensor. They monitor the plumbing in your home and walls to ensure there are no major leaks or malfunctions. This can help you prevent serious water damage or the buildup of mold and mildew inside your walls from a slow leak.

This could be a game-changer for those older homes with lots of character, which can be a crapshoot in terms of dependability.

For example, is there central heating and cooling? Is the plumbing outdated or worn down? What other elements of the home need to be updated?

Installing smart leak detectors in new and older homes can waylay some of this worry.

2. Connected thermostats

For homeowners, energy consumption is a big deal. The more power and energy you use, the higher your electric bill is going to be.

You constantly have to manage how much energy you’re using, and that involves monitoring several different aspects of your home, including lighting usage and air conditioning reliance.

Connected or smart thermostats can help alleviate this problem by conserving energy over time. They are much more advanced than simple, programmable thermostats.

They will learn your habits and preferences and can even detect your presence. This allows for scenarios like leaving the air off while you’re not home and letting it auto-adjust to a comfortable temperature when you’re on your way.

Ecobee and Nest, smart thermostat manufacturers, claim you can save anywhere from 12 percent to 23 percent of power consumption costs. Even so, it’s still money saved, and, in today’s world, any amount of money back in your pocket is a good thing.

Smart thermostats can help you sell a property, especially if you drive home the idea that they offer cost savings and better energy efficiency. Not to mention, something like the Nest thermostat can double as a central hub to interface with and control other smart home products.

3. Smart garage doors

Have you ever left home and realized you left your garage door is wide open? With a traditional door, you must return home to close it. With a smart garage door, you can monitor your garage door from anywhere.

Check the open or closed status from an app on your smartphone, and, if it’s open, you can close it, even remotely. You can be miles and miles away from home and still control your garage door.

This opens up a world of possibilities, too, like letting the dog or house sitters in through your garage or opening your home to emergency services or neighbors when you’re gone. Now imagine explaining all this to interested homebuyers. It’s an easy sell, right?

Smart garage doors offer both convenience and better security for the homeowner.

4. Smart watering systems

Another form of consumption homeowners need to be wary of is their water usage. Not just in terms of clean water for drinking, cleaning or bathing but also the water used to irrigate land.

If you live in a deed restricted community, you keep your grass trimmed and healthy or you risk fines and complications. But, at the same time, you may be restricted by law as to the amount of water you can use due to water shortages and droughts.

Smart watering systems make this process much simpler and more efficient.

Not only can you schedule watering sessions, but you can also keep track of how much water you’re using. This is important because it can help you keep your water consumption to a minimum, and it can also help you save money over time.

5. Smart home security cameras

Security is a huge concern these days. You don’t need to look far at all to see something concerning.

According to Safewise, a burglary occurs every 18 seconds in the United States.

A report by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology shows that about 60 percent of convicted burglars were deterred by the presence of a home security system.

The takeaway here is that home security matters, but for homeowners, the cost savings are also a concern. Most home security solutions, like the ones offered by ADT or Brinks, are expensive. There’s a certain cost you must deal with if you want to protect your home.

But if you have a smart home security camera, those costs are pretty much negated. You only need to pay for the equipment once, and any service fees are minimal compared to conventional security plans.

For example, Canary offers up to 30 days of cloud video storage, 24/7 remote incident support, an extended warranty and a homeowner’s insurance reimbursement, and their service is only $9.99 a month.

A property with smart home security cameras pre-installed will be both safer and cheaper in terms of operating costs for that security system. Again, this should be another easy sell for real estate agents.

With the demand for and convenience of smart home tech, real estate agents should stay sharp on the newest trends and how they will save their homebuyers money in the long run.

Kayla Matthews covers smart technology and future trends for websites like VentureBeat, Curbed and Motherboard. You can read more posts by Kayla on her personal tech blog: Productivity Bytes.

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If you stop to think about it, we are actually living in the era of “The Jetsons.”

4/04/2017

If you stop to think about it, we are actually living in the era of “The Jetsons.”

If you stop to think about it, we are actually living in the era of “The Jetsons.”

What years ago seemed possible only in the distant and fictional future is actually happening now. Smart technology is enabling us to control our homes with a touch of the finger, and it’s becoming increasingly affordable and accessible for a variety of budgets. Whether you want to automate your entire home or start small, your smart phone is the key to your smart home.

Glenn Shultz, owner of Shultz AV in Solana Beach, serves North County residents and beyond, and helps his customers automate their homes on both a small and a large scale. “What we are doing for our clients is automating their lights, and their cameras for their surveillance systems, the front door locks, their heating and air systems, their thermostats,” Shultz said. “People are wanting to be able to monitor their home while they aren’t there, remotely, through a smart device. When they return home, they want it all on one platform. One button, and the lights come on and the music comes on. And one button to turn the whole house off at night.”

On a smaller scale, Shultz said there are solutions for problems such as people perpetually pulling out of their driveways leaving the garage door open. “People can control their garage doors remotely,” he said. “If it’s left open for a period of time, it will close automatically if the sensor doesn’t go off.”

Ken Kerr, president and CEO of Home Controls, says that home automation is indeed for everyone. “Home automation is no longer just for the rich and famous as many people still believe,” he said. “Technology has advanced to the point that it is completely available to middle class homeowners and easily installable by handy people.” Home Controls, in San Diego, is a stocking distributor that provides products, advice and technical support in the home automation, security and home systems industry.

“Home automation is about the comfort, convenience, security and energy savings that simple home automation devices provide,” Kerr said. “Some of the most popular recent home automation devices are smart remote controlled door locks, wireless video doorbell/intercoms, and easy control of lighting, security and other devices by an automation controller hub, all through your smart phone. And, they are all affordable.”

Cox Cable has recently gotten in on the action with the launch of Cox Homelife, a personalized home security and automation system for its customers. Packages begin at $29.99 and include around-the-clock professional monitoring, battery and cellular network backup, smoke and heat detection, water and flood monitoring, carbon monoxide monitoring and unlocking and locking doors. Customers are able to access via touchscreen pad, web portal or mobile app and receive text and email alerts. Enhanced packages include live and recorded video, 24-hour continuous video and the ability to control appliances and thermostat.

Buyers Beware

With an influx of products on the market, consumers should be cautious and do their homework before buying.

For example, doorbell cameras have gained popularity in recent years, but Shultz advises consumers that Wi-Fi cameras have some issues. “The Wi-Fi front doorbell camera devices have a hard time with interoperability or communicating remotely,” he said. “A solution is to hardwire all your devices and to have the least amount of devices on the Wi-Fi as possible.”

Kerr says that quality is key when purchasing home automation devices. “As in any industry, in home automation there are good, well-made products that are reliable and easy to use, and there are poorly made products that will wear out soon and be troublesome,” he said. “That is why it is a good idea to get some qualified advice before purchasing a product.”

He cited examples of products that consumers should research before buying. “There are some flood control devices that look easy to install and are very inexpensive, but they are poor quality and don’t work very well,” he said. “And, there are some intercoms that are easy to install and of high quality, but there are others that are high quality but very difficult to install.”

Shultz said navigating the world of automation can be tricky. “Put these systems in place to enjoy your life and add more time to your day,” he said. “You don’t want to work at it, you want it to work for you.”

Looking Ahead

On the horizon is fiber optics, which will be available soon for greater bandwidth making home automation even more reliable. “The networks are going to get faster,” Shultz said. “If people are considering a remodel, they should consider network wiring to handle the faster speeds that are coming at us soon.”

Kerr says home automation is becoming easier to use and install and more and more devices are becoming internet controllable. Whereas at one point in time it was exciting just to be able to open your garage remotely, current capabilities have upped the ante. “Never come home to a dark house that is smart enough to know when to turn certain lights on automatically based on when the sun sets each day or when you open your garage door,” Kerr said. “It’s very nice to use a remote control for your TV, but it’s just as nice to turn on your A/C from your car on the drive home on a hot day or have a smart phone notify when your children get home from school. It’s all about awareness that smart homes are here and easy to make happen.”

By Laurie Sutton

Why 2017 will finally be the year of the smart home: Consumers figure it out

29/03/2017

Why 2017 will finally be the year of the smart home: Consumers figure it out

There are tons of high-tech gadgets to make homes “smarter” today, but homeowners are not asking for them as much as you might think.

Full home automation is not high on the average house hunter’s priority list. That may be about to change. The trouble so far has been the technology itself: Consumers aren’t sure how to integrate it into existing home systems. Plain and simple, they don’t know how to use it.

“It’s been a lot of fragmentation in the industry, a lot of confusion among consumers as to which devices are the best to go with. Is there longevity here? If they install a system tomorrow, will it be around in the next year,” said Blake Kozak, principal analyst at IHS Markit.

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In 2016, 80 million smart home devices were delivered worldwide, a 64 percent increase from 2015, according to IHS Markit. That includes Nest thermostats and smoke detectors, August smart locks, Ring video doorbells. A big chunk of it was personal home assistants like GoogleHome, Bosch’s Mykie and Amazon’s Alexa. Analysts say despite the growth last year, 2017 will be the year of the smart home because the companies behind the technology will be smarter about educating their consumers.

“The consumers today are incredibly confused as to what’s the value that they’re getting. A consumer could be spending upwards of $1,000 if they go to the retail market and they don’t understand what’s the value. Are they getting energy savings? Is it simply fun and they’re not going to want to use it in a couple weeks’ time?” said Kozak.

Consolidation in the industry has brought smaller home-tech companies under big umbrella home-service providers. That should help consumers feel more comfortable with the new devices.

“What the large players in the market like a Comcast, AT&T, and security providers like Vivint, what these companies can do is provide more marketing and provide more opportunities for consumers to use these products first hand. Get these products in front of them, because it’s very difficult just watching advertisements on TV, as to what the true value is,” said Kozak.

Real estate agent Theresa Taylor said her buyers in Maryland are not asking for home technology. They tend to expect it in new construction, but not in existing homes, which are the vast majority of the market.

“They’re not willing to pay a premium for it. If the house has it, that’s fine, but it’s nothing that’s on the top of their list,” said Taylor.

Most buyers, she said, know that if they want a smart doorbell or thermostat, they can simply buy it on their own relatively inexpensively. The idea of a complete smart home is beyond their grasp.

“I think it’s definitely an opportunity for the electronics companies to educate them more that this could be a savings, not just simplicity and making your life easier and being able to use your phone to do everything,” said Taylor. “I think if they knew the benefits about how it could save them money, it would be a more attractive feature and instead of being at the bottom of the list of what people want, it would probably move up to the middle.”

To that end, CNET, a consumer technology news and review website, is launching its Smart Home Matrix at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. It is a new feature on the site designed to walk consumers through the latest smart home technology.

“We’ve seen smart home technology increasingly take prominence at CES with more products announced each year,” said Mark Larkin, SVP and GM at CNET. “From our own testing in the CNET Smart Home, we understand one of the largest hurdles in adopting smart home technology is getting multiple devices to work together. Our Smart Home Matrix helps consumers do just that by letting them know what devices are compatible with each other.”

The year ahead will likely bring more innovations, but the focus, according to analysts at IHS Markit, will be lowering prices, educating consumers and enhancing security, so that no one can hack your fridge. Voice assist will become much more commonplace, and the smart home will integrate with the smart car — so as you drive away, your home will know to turn the heat down. They predict at least 130 million smart home devices will be shipped worldwide this year.

DISCLOSURE: Comcast is the parent company of CNBC.

By Diana Olick

Top reasons homeowners love smart technology!

28/03/2017

Top reasons homeowners love smart technology!

From climate and lighting upgrades to security and entertainment features, homeowners are embracing smart technology when renovating their homes.

According to the Houzz Smart Home Trends survey, nearly half of all homeowners are incorporating smart technology when undergoing renovation, but one expert believes the numbers are even higher.

“I would say it’s even more than 50 percent,” said Shawn Hansson, chief executive officer and founder of Logic Integration, a Colorado audiovisual and automation firm specializing in the design and installation of easy-to-use technology in homes and businesses.

One reason is that manufacturers are making it easy to get in on the trend, with smart devices available across a spectrum of price points, Hansson said.

Just the beginning

Renovated homes are more than twice as likely to include a smart system or device than before the renovation (51 versus 20 percent, respectively, according to the survey). Nearly a third of upgraded smart home systems or devices can be controlled via a central hub (30 percent), and a quarter include voice-controlled features (26 percent).

“The trend is only going to get bigger,” Hansson said. As homeowners dip their toes into the smart home market with relatively inexpensive upgrades like replacing light switches, they find themselves wanting more, he said.

New smart systems or devices are most likely to be added as part of home security or safety upgrades, followed by entertainment, climate and lighting upgrades. Smart thermostats are the single most popular smart device in a renovated home.

“Homeowners aim to improve the comfort, convenience, safety and energy usage of their home during their renovations, and smart technology appears to address many of their needs,” said Nino Sitchinava, principal economist at home design and decor site Houzz. “While many homeowners report difficulty learning about and finding the right smart products to fit their needs, high levels of adoption and satisfaction among renovators are sound predictors of a wider reliance on these technologies among the general public in the near future.

Ease and security

Amazon Echo, one of last year’s hottest Christmas gifts, is also one of the easiest for homeowners to use, Hansson said. The voice-powered wonder has become an essential part of a connected home, allowing users to interact with their home devices by speaking to Alexa, the device’s virtual assistant. Place the Echo or smaller Dot around the home to play music, set alarms, control lighting and perform thousands of other skills.

“You’re in the kitchen and see you’re running low on paper towels; simply say, ‘Alexa, order more paper towels.’ People love the convenience,” Hansson said.

Safety and security are big selling points, Hansson said. The report found that homeowners want smart technology to protect their homes against intruders (67 percent) and monitor or control the safety of their home when they are away (52 percent) or at home (30 percent). Protection against intruders is a stronger motivation for those installing smart security and safety features than those installing non-smart options (67 versus 51 percent, respectively).

When it comes to smart entertainment devices, improving the experience (80 percent) or the comfort of the home (55 percent), and the desire to have the latest technology or to change the mood or vibe of the home are paramount (27 percent each).

Install tips

The majority of renovating homeowners rely on professional help for the installation of both smart and non-smart security, climate control and lighting products, though they are even more likely to turn to pros in the case of smart technology upgrades in these categories.

“Security all comes down to the network,” said Hansson, who urged homeowners to use professional installers. “The networks that get hacked are most often the ones that homeowners have set up themselves.”

By Melissa Erickson, More Content Now

The Advantages of a Smart House

27/03/2017

The Advantages of a Smart House

The Advantages of a Smart House

So-called smart homes take advantage of automation technology and modern building techniques to give homeowners a new level of control. Smart homes may be built from scratch with automation as a key design goal, or constructed from existing homes during a major renovation. In both cases, smart homes offer several advantages over conventional homes.

Convenience

Convenience is one of the biggest reasons that people build and purchase smart homes. These homes give users remote access to systems including heating and cooling systems, intercoms, music and multimedia devices throughout the home. Integrated hard drives allow homeowners to watch video or listen to audio in any room; video intercoms make it easy to communicate with others in the home or visitors at the door. All of these smart home technologies streamline common tasks.

Security

Smart homes include advanced security systems with cameras, motion sensors and a link to the local police station or a private security company. Smart homes may also use key cards or fingerprint identification in place of conventional locks, making it harder for someone to break in

Accessibility

For elderly or disabled residents, a smart home may feature accessibility technologies. Voice-command systems can do things like control lights, lock doors, operate a telephone or use a computer. Home automation allows an individual to set a schedule for automatic tasks like watering the lawn, removing the need to perform these labor-intensive tasks on a regular basis.

Efficiency

Smart homes offer enhanced energy-efficiency. Lights can shut off automatically when no one is in a room, and the thermostat can be set to let the indoor temperature drop during the day before returning it to a more comfortable level just before residents arrive in the evening. All of these automated tasks, along with modern, energy-efficient appliances, combine to save on electricity, water and natural gas, thereby reducing the strain on natural resources.

Resale

When it comes time to sell a smart home, sellers will have an abundance of effective selling points. Whichever advantage of a smart home appeals to a given buyer, the seller can explain the system and discuss how it makes life easier. Homes with automated systems have the potential to sell for much more than comparable homes with conventional technologies. Automating a home can be a worthwhile investment in increasing its market value and attracting possible buyers in the future.

By SF Gate

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