The smart home market is quickly growing, meaning a home that’s automated, and typically using a number of interconnected devices and appliances. In fact, according to Statista.com, North American consumers have been forecasted to spend the most on these types of systems and services, to the tune of some $63 billion by 2022.
There are many reasons that homeowners are choosing to automate their homes with the long list of benefits that come with doing so, including these.
An Automated Home is Worth More and Sells Faster
If you plan on selling your home at some point after automating it, it’s likely to sell faster and at a higher price, thanks to greater energy efficiency as realtors frequently noted in a recent survey. Some of the most important features many potential buyers look for are things like a smart light switch, smart appliances, smart locks and security systems.
Your Family and Home Will Be Safer
An automated home can help keep both your family and your home better protected. For example, when you go on vacation and turn all the lights off to save on your electric bill, you can remotely turn them on at certain times to make it look like you’re at home. With a tap of your finger, you can make sure you turned the stove off after making pancakes for breakfast or check to see if your daughter turned off her curling iron, potentially preventing a fire.
With automated door locks, you can ensure your home stays secure too. For example, perhaps you go to work before the kids go to school and you want to double check that they didn’t rush out to catch the bus, forgetting to lock the door. These locks also allow you to monitor who is entering your home at all times as well, even when you aren’t around.
Your Utility Bills Will be Cheaper
With smart home appliances, you’ll use significantly less energy and water as compared to standard models, resulting in lower utility bills. And, with a smart thermostat, you can potentially save as much as $100 a month simply by being able to adjust the temperature from wherever you are. You can set your house to cool when you leave for the day, or an extended period, or to warm up just before you get home – all with only the push of a button. Of course, that brings us to the next benefit.
Convenience and Time Saving
Automating your home brings the ability to control everything with the touch of a finger. You’ll never have to worry about whether you’ve left the stove on or something else that could catch fire, or even if you’ve taken your house key with you. With our fast-paced busy lives, few of us have time to worry about our home, but if it’s automated, you’ll save time returning just to make sure you’ve turned the lights off or if you’ve accidentally left the garage door open as many systems allow you to set up email or text alerts to tell you.