Renovating your Home? The Smart Home Evolution is Happening Now and the Potential Benefits are Tremendous


Just a few decades ago, cutting-edge technology integrated into one’s home was the ultimate niche market. In recent years, however, the advent of near-ubiquitous smartphones, the rise of the Internet of Things, changing consumer preferences, and robust research and development from major tech-scene actors have combined to enable this market to explode in popularity –- and, as will be shown, for good reasons.

Homeowners who aspire to realize all of the potential benefits of an integrated smart home are surely in tune with the times. While 35 years ago this technology amounted to little more than a high-cost curiosity -- and today it is more accessible, convenient and beneficial than ever before –- in another 35 years children will likely inquire of their elders however people got along without what we now refer to as smart homes.

Properly defined, a smart home transcends the merely fun or excitingly popular components and actually delivers profound beneficial impacts on people’s lives. A selection of some of the most tangible benefits of transforming a home from “dumb” too smart will be emphasized. The last section will touch upon some of the specific upgrades and customizations that anyone with home renovation plans should consider.

The core significance of the smart home evolution

Recent findings from a survey of consumers conducted by Gfk have found that around 60% believe the smart home evolution will dramatically affect their lives in the near future. This finding aligns well with recent market research that shows the integrated smart home market is growing at a fast rate. While fun and popular aspects of this trend are often underlined in the popular press, this tech evolution presents huge possibilities of meaningful and beneficial change for many.

Integrated smart homes could be defined as a home that incorporates a multilayered range of interconnected, “internet of things” devices that can functionally improve and substantively enhance the day-to-day life of homeowners and their families through services and automated features. It goes far beyond piping your favorite playlist into the house when you arrive home.

Take home maintenance. By helping remind or aid one in taking meaningful action in real time, homeowners can avoid bigger problems in the future. Today, a setup can send a text message reminder to close the windows when rain is detected or forecast. In just this one example, one can see how an integrated home could conveniently allow one to avoid damage repair costs or the hassle of insurance claims. The possibilities are almost endless.

A closer look at the benefits of integrating technology into your home

Smart homes are probably most well known for their ability to turn your HVAC and thermostat systems into an energy and money saving setup. The saving potential here is real.

Safety and security are two of the foremost concerns of homeowners, and the benefits of installing motion, water, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, cameras, and smart locks could pay a huge dividend in the form of enhanced peace of mind –- especially considering you can access these functions anytime, anywhere from your smartphone.

Substantive increases in convenience and comfort are also evident. As more and more companies offer devices that can easily interact with each other, the possibilities increase yet further. Some of the most advanced smart whole-home systems can integrate all the entertainment, sound, lighting and temperature systems into a seamless whole that can serve to make your spaces more inviting and pleasant.

Some smart home recommendations to consider during a home renovation

While not strictly necessary, a home renovation is an ideal time to install a customized range of integrated smart home devices. This is especially true if you’re considering a full-home automation project which can involve hard-wiring and other work. Here are just a few of the upgrades that may warrant your attention during a home renovation.

Power outlets with built-in USB ports can eliminate unsightly power bricks and free your outlets for appliances or other needs.

For music lovers, audio equipment can be seamlessly recessed into your walls, ceilings, cabinets or even your outdoor living spaces. The speakers can then be integrated with your whole-home automation system, allowing for voice-enabled music on demand in your favorite spaces.

Additionally, a smart thermostat and HVAC system serves efficiency and energy-savings needs best when there are multiple hardwired sensors.

Finally, with an integrated home, security and safety are greatly enhanced. From locks to lighting to alarms, everything can be centrally as well as remotely controlled.

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