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What is a Smart Home?
A smart home is one which uses the internet to connect various devices to each other, both inside and outside, and allows you to control these features via your smartphone, tablet or even through voice commands. This can be as simple as being able to turn on a light remotely, or as complex as being able to see and communicate with someone at your door even when you are miles away, and choosing whether or not to unlock the door for them via your smart lock.
A smart home utilises the benefits of the ‘Internet of Things’ – a term which is used to describe items that can be connected to the internet so they can be used remotely and/or so they can provide information to the user and to each other. Putting the internet into every day, physical items can have a huge range of benefits and could make your home a more comfortable and efficient environment for all the family. If you have an Amazon Alexa or similar digital assistant, you’ll be happy to know that most smart home products can be linked up to this too.
How popular is Smart Home Technology?
You may be surprised to find that smart home technology has likely already found its way into your home. Over half (66%) of residential homes in the UK already have a smart TV, and a recent survey carried out on behalf of Smart Home Week found that 43% of people have at least one ‘smart device’ in their home; such as a thermostat, for example. These products are popular and as they are among the first smart products to become an everyday part of the average home, many may not realise that they fall under the ‘smart home’ umbrella.
When it comes to thinking about the future, 60% of UK residents would upgrade to smart tech rather than replace items with another standard product, which shows that smart home technology is seen as the inevitable next step, and is likely to become the norm in the years to come. In fact, 64% of survey respondents had spent money on smart tech in the last 12 months, spending an average of £250. Spending on smart technology is expected to increase by 30% over the following year – a further nod towards smart homes becoming a bigger part of modern life in 2020 and beyond.