Smart home tech has become a 21st Century tool that allows homeowners to remotely operate everything from an egg tray to their indoor lights. Many homebuyers specifically search for properties that feature smart home tech. Known as “Smart Homes,” these properties allow owners to manage their homes with ease. But is all smart home tech worth the investment? In this article, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of smart home technology.
How Home Tech Works
To make a home smart, network setups in each room link with computer programs that power devices automatically. Anything that uses electricity can be added to your home network. The items that are linked to your home network can be activated by voice, remote control, tablet or smartphone.
A Brief History of Smart Home Tech
It may come as a surprise that smart home tech had its origins in the late 20th Century. In 1975, a company in Scotland developed X10. X10 allows compatible products to talk to each other over the already existing electrical wires of a home. All the appliances and devices are receivers, and the means of controlling the system, such as remote controls or keypads, are transmitters.
Now, X10 focuses on developing only the fundamental technology, called protocols, for smart home communication. They’ve created relationships with electronics manufacturers who build the tangible end-user devices. With the devices, home technology allow homeowners to control such things as security systems, home security and monitoring cameras, motion sensors, door locks and openers and more.
Pros of Smart Home Technology
Smart home technology provides convenience to homeowners by allowing them to program their devices. After the program is set, the devices in the home will abide by the owner’s schedule until it is re-programmed. Some smart home tech will even eliminate the need to reprogram by learning the user’s habits and automatically adjusting for behavioral changes.
With Smart Home technology, you can add or subtract which devices you want to create the perfect amount of home automation for your preferences. With so many products on the market – including Smart Toilet technology that allows users to flush with the wave of a hand or a Smart egg tray that alerts the owner when it’s time to buy more eggs – you can make almost anything smart.
- Re-Selling Your Home
A poll of U.S. consumers shows that 27 percent of consumers who did not already have smart home technology say they’ll incorporate it in 2016. That indicates that consumers are becoming aware of smart home technology to the point where they’re ready to make it a part of their lives. Many of them will eventually turn into home buyers looking for homes that are smart tech enabled.
Cons of Smart Home Technology
- Learning Curve
Smart home technology comes with a bit of a learning curve. Users will have to learn how each device they enable will work. Smart homeowners also need to learn how to link their devices if they have technology that allows many devices to be managed with one device or app.
- Potential Security Issues
Since smart home tech utilizes wireless internet technology – often referred to the “Internet of Things” or IoT – there can be security drawbacks. There have been instances where home cameras have been hacked, allowing the digital intruder to turn on a camera inside a baby’s bedroom and see inside. Security researchers have also discovered that “nearly all” home tech has some degree of security shortcomings.
Be a Smart Consumer
A majority of smart home owners have used smart home tech without incident, however. Best security practices should be used, including changing passwords regularly. Additionally, homeowners can pick-and-choose which smart devices to use. Having a limited amount of smart tech in the home can cut down on security risks.
Despite any potential setbacks from smart home tech, home owners and buyers all over the country are becoming increasingly interested in it. Learning more about smart home tech innovations can allow you to be a well-educated consumer. And when it comes time to sell your smart home, a little tech can help attract and larger and more diverse buyer pool.
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