Learn about the most exciting smart home trends to watch this year in this 2020 guide. The 2010s were an exciting decade for fans and enthusiasts of smart home technology. Thanks to these developments, the top brands like Lutron, Savant, Control4, have pushed the boundaries of home automation, making it easier than ever to automate your home and add significant value to your daily life.
Now that the 2010s are firmly in the rearview mirror, members of the smart home community are looking to continue revolutionizing and changing the ways we live our lives. The last decade was one where the primary focus was on developing and introducing smart home technology as a mainstream concept. Now that smart home technology can be found in almost all new homes (and many old ones), the focus has shifted towards the pursuit of technological perfection.
Architectural Digest predicts that by 2023, there will be approximately 6.4 billion smart home devices that are actively in use. The same article claims that, at least in the United States, we can expect to see more than 20 different devices in each individual home.
It is obvious that smart technology is growing at a spectacular rate. But where, exactly, has this growth been taking place? In this article, we will discuss some of the most important changes we’ve seen take place in this industry over the years. We will also discuss where the industry stands today and the trends that will likely remain strong over the course of this next year (and beyond!).
Ten years ago, creating a comprehensive smart home system would require the purchase of multiple different products from multiple different companies. However, in an effort to make things more convenient for all users, smart home systems have become more synchronized than ever before. Using brands such as Lutron and Control4, for example, you can easily control your home’s climate and lighting from a single location. You can also use pre-settings to create a mood appropriate for any occasion.
2. Centralized Control
As a natural consequence of the push towards synchronization, many smart home systems can now be used from a single, centralized location. These “hubs” can take many different forms including a single remote, an LED-illuminated box on the wall, and various others. The wall boxes often have a very sleek, elegant design and will be available in multiple different colors. They are designed to not only be highly functional but also aesthetically appealing.
3. Smart Phone Compatibility
Unsurprisingly, there has been a concentrated effort to blend smart home and smartphone technology. In addition to the centralized hubs (mentioned above), each of your smart home systems can be easily controlled with a downloadable app. Now, you can turn on your lights, turn off your heater, and adjust your shades from seemingly anywhere in the world.
4. Lower Power Wi-Fi Conversion
Low power wi-fi conversion, essentially, is the “art” of taking an ordinary device and turning it into a smart device (that can then easily be connected to the rest of your smart home system). For example, you can potentially take a battery-powered smoke detector and make it “smart” via an internet connection. As time goes on, more and more devices will likely be convertible, which will subsequently drive down the cost of installing smart technology even further.
5. The “Home Zone”
Via a concept known as “home zoning”, people can now divide their home into multiple (and independently programmable) rooms throughout their entire home. This makes it easy to control the climate and settings of each room in your room, which can be easily changed depending on your preferences or current energy needs. By being able to control how the heating/ air conditioning is used in each room, you can maintain a level of personal comfort without wasting energy in rooms that nobody uses. Like many of the other trends in this list, the concept of the “smart room” is a clear representation of the smart industry’s commitment to efficiency.
6. Green Technology
Like most industries that want to remain competitive, the most prominent members of the smart home community are discovering that introducing green technology is not a luxury, but a necessity. Many new smart home devices are being made with materials that reduce their total production footprint. Furthermore, some systems—especially climate control systems—are being designed to help reduce the environmental impact of the home itself. Homes can now be heated, illuminated, and otherwise modified without doing nearly as much damage to the environment as they did in the past.
7. Boosted Security
The need for security has been one of the most important driving forces behind the growth of the broader smart home industry. Brands such as ADT and Amazon’s recently acquired Ring have become very popular in new homes, especially homes where daytime deliveries are common. Additionally, like most other smart home systems, today’s modern security systems can easily be controlled from your phone, computer, or other smart devices. If you forget to lock a door or set an alarm, you’ll still have the option to easily do so.
One of the primary reasons why smart home technology has become so popular is that especially when compared to the technology available ten years ago, most smart home features have become much more affordable. Bundling multiple systems (lighting, security, climate, etc.) into a single package will help reduce the price of a smart home even more. Furthermore, the value that smart home features add to your home is often notably greater than the initial cost of installation. This means that in addition to the efficiency and ease that these features can provide, you may actually be able to earn a net profit. In the event that you want to pay for these systems over time, financing options are usually available.
Conclusion – Smart Home Trends for 2020
2020 is, without a doubt, a very exciting time to be alive. Our world is rapidly changing and, thanks to new technological developments, many tasks are becoming easier than ever before. These innovations are enabling our lives to become measurably more efficient, more convenient, and—in many cases—more enjoyable. The smart home revolution is one that is going strong and is clearly here to stay.
By working with a leading audio, video, and home automation company like APEX, you can bring your home into the modern value and increase your overall quality of life.