Smart home technology

Smart home technology simply put is the control of devices in the home that are connected via a

network, most commonly a Local Area Network (LAN) or the internet. 


Using devices such as sensors and other appliances connected to either the LAN or the internet,

domestic appliances in the home can be controlled, accessed and monitored remotely.

Available to consumers initially in the late 90’s the Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) systems have become more and more common in homes and particularly *new build properties.

Aided greatly by the relentless progress of the smart phone*new build properties are perfect for Smart Homes as the systems can be fitted into the fabric of the building during construction.

Users can remotely connect to control home systems and various appliances wherever they are home or away. A major benefit of this technology is reduced energy consumption throughout the

property and therefore saving money using technology.

As well as being able to control home comfort elements such as heating and lighting, security is

enhanced due to the fact that the dwelling can be monitored remotely.

Smart home benefits include remote control of energy use, security and lighting devices,

all managed simply and conveniently via the smart phone.

Convenience at your fingertips, Smart home technology is now found in an extensive range of household devices such as, wireless speaker systems, thermostats, home security and monitoring systems, domestic robots, smoke detectors, lighting, home energy use monitors, door locks, laundry machines and water detection systems.


In 2015 the most common piece of Smart home technology in the US was wireless speaker systems, with just under 20% percent of people owning one or more. Smart thermostats came second with just over 10% percent of homes opting for this type of home heating controlled remotely. 

What kinds of Smart home devices homeowners want the most, the top seven: Wireless security systems: 50%. Programmable thermostats: 47%. Security cameras: 40%. Lighting control systems: 39%. Wireless home audio systems: 39%. Home Theatre systems: 37%. Multi-zone HVAC systems: 37%.

 Industry forecasts predict that by 2021, the average home will have 13 Smart devices in their home.



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