5 Benefits Of Adding Smart IoT Technology In Your Home

While smart home innovation is still in its infancy, the number of products being introduced to the market on a monthly basis is increasing significantly. Devices that give you the ability to control your lighting, thermostat, or even your crock pot from your mobile device are making lives easier and increasing overall efficiency. Meanwhile, users are adapting quickly. In the United States, household penetration of smart home technology is at 5.82% in 2016, with penetration expected to hit 18.62% in 2020. If you’re not part of this 5.82%, you could be on the fence - and we totally get it. With such innovation, you might be wondering what connected technology can actually do for your home - and that’s why we’re here. As smart home technology aficionados, we’ve put together 5 reasons why you need to add smart tech in your home.

1. It can make your life more efficient

How many times have you received delivery notifications while you’re at home, only needing to turn away the postal service because you were at work and couldn’t answer the door? How about that time when your kids were so worried about an intruder in your backyard, so you rushed home to calm their fears (and monitor your property?) Products addressing these issues exist, and they’re here to help make your lives easier and more efficient.
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The August Smart Lock, as an example, provides secure, safe, keyless access to your home with iOS and Android smartphones - and it’s so light. Weighing in at just 1 lbs and 3.3 x 3.3 x 2.2 inches, it packs a punch with a small frame. In the similar security and safety vein, the Arlo Smart Home Security Camera weighs just 3.37 lbs and monitors motion detection and night vision with crystal clear vision. 

2. Smart homes sell faster

If this isn’t compelling, we’re not certain what is. According to a 2016 survey by real estate brokerage firm Coldwell Banker, 54% of homeowners in the market who plan to sell their home would purchase smart home products to make it sell faster. In fact, 65% of this group surveyed said that they would pay $1500 or more to do so. In a similar survey, it was discovered that one in three respondents said that homes with smart home features and technology sell faster than homes without them. 

3. You’ll save money

Invest to save? That’s exactly how smart home technology works. With smart home products you can actually save money. With products like the YOO.MEE Smart Shower Head, you can see your water consumption on a LCD mirror screen. It displays the water temperature and tells you how much water you’ve used, so you can adjust your time spent accordingly. LED lights are powered by running water (awesome), so no batteries are ever needed.
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Similarly, you can also save money through smart thermostats like the Nest. As your thermostat impacts part of your energy bill, it’s important to be aware of your usage. This product works with 95% of 24V heating and cooling systems. With the Nest app, you can change  temperature, check your history and even receive an alert if your home is too hot or cold. This is truly energy conservation at your fingertips, meaning that you’ll save money in the process. 

4. Your home will be safer and more secure

With smart tech, you can monitor your home from anywhere. Literally, anywhere. The Canary All-in-One Home Security Device is designed to look like a camera, but it’s so much more than that. With the Canary, you can stream real-time video of your home with 1080p HD camera and a 147 degree wide-angle lens. High quality audio and night vision top it off to make your home safe and secure, even when you’re away.
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Similarly, Nest also offers a smart carbon monoxide detector. All you need to do is connect this device to your smartphone and you’ll receive alerts if carbon monoxide is detected. It’s compact, too - measuring at 5.3 x 1.5 x 5.3 inches. With a ton of power in a compact product, this smart home device can truly put your mind at ease.  

5. You’ll impress your friends, too

When your friends come to visit for dinner or enjoy an evening on the patio, how great would it be to automatically let them through the door with your smartphone? Or how about showing them how you can set a few steaks to cook in your sous vide through the touch of an app? While smart home technology is still in the early adaptation phase, you’re sure to impress friends with the latest technology in your home. After all, home automation is set to surpass revenue of home entertainment by 2017. From cost savings to home security, from selling your home faster to impressing your friends, there are so many reasons why you need to add smart home tech in your home. From a global comparison perspective it is shown that most revenue is generated in the United States. So, why not start now? The next time you’re considering a new tech addition for your home, remember the benefits of smart technology.

This guest story was contributed by Nicole from Ideaing.

Tags:  smart home, IoT
Via:  HotHardware
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