Smart Home Technology For High-End Remodeling
If you’re planning a home remodel, you owe it to yourself to consider integrating smart home technology and speaking with your designer about how to plan for the new devices coming on the market. With the popularity of Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s HomeKit and Google Home, more and more smart home devices are being released by manufacturers. Lighting, thermostats, window treatments, door locks and home security, are now common but kitchen appliances, televisions, fire alarms, and even vacuums have recently been released. The key to smart home integration devices is knowing what hub to use–the brain of the system– and what kind of home conveniences should be added. With the full range of smart home technologies currently available, it can be difficult to decide where to begin.
The Smart Home Is Becoming More Common
In recent years, smart homes have grown in popularity. In fact, homes that have recently undergone a renovation are twice as likely to have smart home features installed. The largest percentage of these products are related to home security upgrades (25%), but entertainment devices are a close second at 18%.
More interestingly, homeowners are finally starting to feel comfortable with centralized control hubs for their homes, and about 26% of smart home remodels have added the voice-control feature. Of course, homes that add a central control hub are more likely to have five or more smart devices. Currently, only one in ten smart homes has at least five smart components, but with central hubs becoming more popular, homeowners are expanding their smart home capabilities over time.
The Most Common Smart Home Improvements
While home security add-ons hold the largest stake in smart-remodeling, we found that thermostats like Nest tend to be homeowners’ first experience with smart technology. More than half of all thermostats sold and installed in the last two years were smart devices. A new thermostat can be replaced quickly, but it shows that the trend towards smart homes is growing. Talk to your remodeler about implementing of smart home technology before construction to ensure you get a system that fits your lifestyle and integrates into your home design.
With the added level of connectivity, homeowners are more than willing to pick up smart sensors as well as smart-capable fire detection systems. Perhaps the most interesting finding is how many homeowners are suddenly interested in putting cameras in their homes. In the past, using security cameras required some form of record keeping and storage. With smart cameras, consumers are adding cameras to their homes more than ever.
On the entertainment side of things, most homeowners are choosing internet connected smart TVs as well as streaming devices for both movies and music. Many of these devices have added smart capabilities whether owners are aware of them or not. The trend of televisions in master suite bathrooms is one where being able to control channels and volume with your voice from a shower or tub is not just practical but a luxury.
The Least Common Smart Improvements
Equally impressive is the type of upgrades that we do not see often. For instance, nearly all home remodeling involves a change in the lighting of the room. Asking your remodeling professional to use smart lighting devices and bulbs will enable you to control the brightness and color of the light without leaving the couch. The cost of smart bulbs are considerably more than a standard bulb, but they provide a customized ambiance that you control. Smart blinds and window treatments are also becoming more popular and continue to play a significant role in home design.
For those who choose to add smart home technology for safety and security, smart locks, smart doorbells, and window breakage sensors are a growing trend.
Where Smart Homes are Headed
Most homeowners are happy to report that their new smart devices earn reduce energy used for heating and cooling and maximize efficiency. Thermostats have been at the forefront of this movement, but across the board, the point of these products is to make the home more comfortable for the owner, even when the property is unoccupied. These devices are becoming valuable additions to vacation properties and second homes. You can expect to see more and more homeowners adding smart devices as manufacturers stop producing non-smart alternatives. Even without a central control hub, smart options are being widely included as companies like GE, LG, August, Ecobee, Phillips, and Lutron are leading the way in new devices. High-end remodeling clients can be somewhat indifferent about how these smart technologies impact the future resale value of their homes, but early indications are that home buyers are requesting integrated smart home technology more frequently.
Installation of Smart Features
While some smart home upgrades can be done independently, the most successful installations require professional help. From the lighting to the thermostat, you need to know that all of the pieces work together. Coordinating the control of differing systems requires expert knowledge and understanding of how these components work. If a home remodel is in your future, speak with the team at Joseph & Berry about smart home technology. They can help you design your home with an eye towards the brave new world of smart home technology and ensure that your home is smart and beautifully designed.
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