Smart Home Trends to Watch

When it comes to integrating technological advancements into the home, customization allows for endless possibilities.

Technological advancements provide new opportunities for homeowners to upgrade their living experiences. Smart homes allow entertainment, convenience and even safety benefits to be integrated directly into the home itself based on user needs. ESTATENVY spoke with Bill Weingarten, president of HomeTech in Evanston, Illinois, about trends in the industry.

The number one question that HomeTech receives from customers surrounding smart home technology is, “What are the possibilities?” The truth is, there is no simple answer. Customization allows for an almost indefinite number of options when it comes to integrating technology into homes. Weingarten says that at HomeTech, the company builds custom systems based on unique homeowner interests.

“We see the highest level of interest towards entertainment and convenience-based technology,” he said. With the rise of voice-detecting technology like the Amazon Echo, syncing entertainment systems with smart home features has never been easier. The device allows users to control music from across the home, play games or have Alexa read an audiobook without ever pressing a button.

Smart technology can also be used for conveniences like turning on or off lights with a single voice command. Rather than having to manually flip each switch, the system can shut everything down for you in seconds. This saves homeowners time and can reduce excess electricity use in the home.

Weingarten mentioned another convenience feature called ‘baby-sitting mode.’ This setting prevents alerts such as doorbells from going off in specified rooms, and typically appeals to families with young children seeing as though it prevents loud noises from startling them.

Another popular use for smart technology is providing security for homeowners. According to Weingarten, there are systems that can detect motion near the front door of the home and then trigger lights to go on inside the house. In some cases, this even sets off a chain reaction where the light switches from room to room to give the impression that someone is home.

When asked about the future of smart home technology, he said that he expects trends will largely continue moving in the direction that they have been, with an increasing number of smart sensors coming into play. As prices for the technology decline, smart homes will become more of a standard practice.

Normalization will not mean a decline in design ingenuity, however, as developers will continue to find new ways to utilize technology in the home. Weingarten mentioned that one interesting area to watch is the development of “sensors in walls that monitor the vitals of the aging population.” In this circumstance, smart systems could become a necessity for the daily life of a generation.

Time will tell what other exciting advancements this industry will bring to the table, but if current developments are any indication—the sky’s the limit.