If you’re considering remodeling for home automation, you’re certainly not alone. A new study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University says that “home automation is predicted to be the No. 2 trend in residential remodeling over the next five to 10 years.”
The report says that this push has a lot to do with new smart technologies becoming accessible and affordable in homes under $400,000. Of course, adding convenience, efficiency, security and more could entice almost any homeowner.
“I’m surprised home automation isn’t in every home — even if it’s as simple as lighting control,” said Control4 customer Shane Bernard. “It saves electricity, protects the home, and is incredibly convenient.”
Harvard says that 73 percent of consumers want energy efficiency, by combining lighting control and HVAC systems. Remote monitoring also allows users to tap into systems while on the go. From there, you can adjust temperatures and appliances, be alerted to water leaks, and access property damage.
Security solutions are becoming what home control provider Control4 describes as “a gateway” to other systems. Inexpensive options such as smart locks, fire protection systems and cameras can be integrated with a Control4 system, as well as deliver insurance discounts to the homeowner.
The installation process is also becoming easier, for both new and existing homes. In some cases, functionality and device interoperability can be installed in as little as one day. The addition of smartphone and tablet control are another selling point.
“An automation system is just a computer that runs your home systems,” added certified Control4 dealer and owner of Ambiance Audio|Control|Video, Brent Wilson. “The idea is to make things more intuitive, so while being tech savvy doesn’t hurt, it isn’t required.”