An introduction to Smart Homes

Smart Home technology can be confusing, let Evander help

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.