Walk in to almost any middle-class home in America and there is bound to be some form of smart home technology. Whether it’s an Amazon Echo, a Google Home, or a Nest thermostat, these connected devices are becoming both more popular and more accessible. The technology obtainable by only the very wealthy just 10 years ago is now helping the masses live more productive lives.
Most Americans adopt the smart home lifestyle slowly, one piece of tech at a time. Eventually, these Internet of Things (IoT) devices connect to each other and turn any home into a well-oiled machine. After seeing the benefits of automation and simplicity these devices bring, consumers are more likely to expand their collection of electronics.
What some people don’t consider, however, are the other benefits that accompany smart home technology. Improved energy efficiency and better security are just a few. For those considering upgrading to smart devices, ponder these benefits of IoT tech and how they can make life better in 2019…
More Efficient Energy Usage
No one likes spending more than they have to on the electricity or HVAC bills. Mother Earth likes it even less. With global attention on climate change, there’s no better time than now to start using energy more efficiently.
Everything from smart thermostats to connected lighting can help in the fight against energy waste. The two primary benefits are automation and smartphone control. If you leave for work and come home around the same time every day you can set the heat/air to turn off when you leave and kick back on an hour before you come home. This alone can save around $75-$110 per week, quickly making a smart thermostat worth the investment.
Meanwhile, smart lighting systems like Philips Hue connect to your home and voice assistants like Google Home. Consumers can use these creatively to control their lights from anywhere and cut back on energy waste from lights being left on.
Improved Home Security
Though some remain skeptical about using technology to secure their home, as it evolves, the benefits now outweigh the risks. Upgrading traditional security measures with technology ultimately makes a home more secure.
For example, smart security camera systems like Ring doorbells allow you to stream footage directly to your smartphone. Of course, we are still years away from automated protection drones that fight off intruders. However, by helping consumers know if someone is breaking in, the authorities can be alerted much more swiftly.
Monitoring is one thing but securing a home with smart technology can be even more direct. Keyless entry systems allow owners to lock and unlock the door remotely and even control who has access. Breaking in isn’t as simple as picking a lock anymore.
Since smart security devices are connected to the internet, they are still susceptible to hacking and should be protected. Fortunately, simple measures like regular software updates and a secure Wi-Fi router are generally enough to deter cybercriminals.
As smart home technology continues to improve, the benefits to consumers will only multiply. For now, the prospect of increased energy efficiency and stronger security should entice homeowners to consider upgrading features of their property with IoT devices.