Thanks to new technologies, our homes are getting smarter. Entertainment, home and business security systems can be improved and automated using smart home technology, devices, and applications.
Let’s discuss the top smart home trends 2020 has to offer. But first, what is home automation?
What is Home Automation?
Home automation uses smart home devices and other smart tech to automate and manage household functions. For example, smart home technology can enable you to control your home’s lights from your smartphone, turn your air-con on or off via voice-activated technology, and play different music in different rooms throughout your property.
Home Automation Trends for 2020
Technology evolves fast. Here are a couple of key home automation trends to watch out for in 2020 and beyond.
1. Smart power boards
Power boards are nothing new – they are extremely useful devices that allow us to plug in, charge, and use our ever-growing collection of computers, phones, TVs, and appliances. Smart power boards offer this same functionality, only better.
A Wi-Fi enabled power strip is a smart home technology that allows you to monitor your energy usage in real time from your smartphone. You can also see which appliances are using the most power and when.
2. Outdoor home security
Home security is a top priority. Smart outdoor home security systems allow you to monitor your property from anywhere, at any time, all from your phone or another internet-connected device.
Not only can you remotely access quality, real-time surveillance footage via an app (such as the ADT security app), you can also configure alarm systems and notify your security company or the police in the event of a break-in.
3. Smart doorbells
In early 2020, smart doorbells with pre-buffer motion activation’s were introduced. Similar to CCTV, this brand-new feature causes the doorbell to begin capturing footage when someone approaches your door instead of when they are already there – all of which you can access in real time and after the fact via your phone. This extra high-quality video could prove vital if your home’s security were breached.
4. Smart locks
Here’s yet another one of the smart home trends 2020 is serving up: smart locks. These game-changing smart home devices make your property more accessible to you – and less accessible to malicious intruders. Many operate via accurate voice recognition, providing an almost impenetrable level of security without a key!
Which Smart Home Devices Should You Invest In?
Which smart home devices you should invest in really depend on what your priorities are. If, for example, you are looking to bolster your security, a smart doorbell is a fantastic choice. So, too, is smart tech that enables remote, real-time monitoring.
If you’re more interested in cutting your energy costs, smart lighting and power boards devices may be a better fit.
Finally, if it’s home entertainment you are passionate about, you can’t go wrong with a smart speaker and smart TV.
What are the Benefits of Smart Tech in Your Home?
Home automation offers no shortage of benefits. Here are just a few:
Smart home devices make life easier. You can control just about every aspect of your home remotely via your phone, which means no running around turning off the lights and shutting the blinds.
Smart home technology makes it easy and accessible to create a robust home or business security system.
- Cost savings
While home automation trends do require an upfront investment, the level of control you have over things like energy consumption will help you cut costs and save in the long run.
Get Started with Automated Home Security
Ready to take advantage of smart home security trends? If you’re looking to install a security system in your home or business, contact an ADT Security professional today to get a competitive quote.