Should I invest in a Smart home?
You can control your heating and lighting from your phone with Smart home tech. But is the Smart home here to stay?...
The idea of everyday devices connecting to the internet is catching on, with everything from thermostats to speakers going smart.
The Amazon Echo voice-controlled speaker has been a huge hit since it launched last year, while the Nest Learning Thermostat and Philips Hue smart lighting are becoming increasingly popular.
Such technology can make your home appealing to future buyers and your life easier. Here are 5 reasons to consider a smart home.
1. Save on bills by using less energy
Take a smart thermostat like Nest. It’s designed to help you save energy by learning your routines and adjusting the heating automatically to create its own program.
It tells you when you’re saving energy with a Leaf icon on the thermostat’s screen and sends you a monthly report to help you build better habits.
UK customers have saved between 8.4% and 16.5% on their heating bills while using Nest, the company says.
2. Make your home more appealing to buyers
Would you rather move into a home that was already future-proofed with the latest technology or one that would likely need updating in the not too distant future?
A property would be more appealing to 28% of people if it had connected technology, according to Barclays, with 1 in 3 people saying a property with connected technology is worth more than one without.
How much more would people pay? A home that came fully equipped with preinstalled connected technology (such as fibre optic cabling, smart security alarm, sensor technology and smart thermostats) could inspire people to spend £3,310 extra on average.
3. Say goodbye to left-on lights and heating
No one likes getting to work and remembering they’ve left the heating or the bedroom lights on. With smart home tech, worry no more.
Philips Hue lighting can be switched on and off through an app on your phone – whether you’re in the house or in the office. And you can set schedules for the lights to come on automatically when you’re out Get Philips Hue
The Nest Learning Thermostat turns off the heating automatically when you leave the house.
4. Future-proof when replacing things
If you’re renovating your home, or looking to replace a broken or worn out item, then smart home technology makes the perfect replacement. Why? By choosing Philips Hue smart bulbs over regular LED bulbs or a Nest thermostat over a standard model, you’re futureproofing your home.
The past few years have seen our phones become much more than phones, with apps for everything from banking to calorie counting. Hue and Nest already work with smartphone apps, but the relationship between everyday home appliances and technology is only likely to grow in the coming years.
No wonder 1 in 5 people are considering replacing current devices with connected ones in the future, according to Deloitte.
5. Lots of smart home tech plays nicely together
Early smart home tech was blighted by the fact it generally only worked with its own corresponding app or ecosystem. Anyone who wanted different smart devices ended up with loads of different apps. Things are now much simpler.
Increasingly, smart home tech is designed to work together. Philips Hue lighting, Nest Learning Thermostat and the Nest Indoor Cam can all work together. For example, your lights turning off automatically when you leave the house.
Amazon Echo, the voice-controlled speaker, makes things even easier by adding voice control to your Philips Hue lighting and Nest thermostat, so you can adjust the heating or switch off lights with your voice.