So, you’re planning a major home remodel and you ask, should I smarten up my home – or not?
While smart homes are certainly making headlines around the world, as perhaps the most tangible and accessible aspect of the overall increased online connectivity of the Internet of Things, Southwest Floridians have been familiar with smart homes for a couple of decades, mostly due to a Naples-based early pioneer of smart home technology (better known for bringing pro golf to Naples and taking out a couple of elected officials).
But in this second decade of the 21st Century, smart homes are growing in usefulness and popularity. Connecting nearly every aspect of a home – from appliances to lighting to central heat/AC – to cloud-based online functionality is not only “the now” but also the future of homes around the world.
Houzz, the online community about architecture, interior design and decorating, landscape design and home improvement, recently completed a Smart Home Trends Study and found its member almost evenly split on the desire to add smart features to their homes. (We’re on Houzz, too. Come find us!)
To be precise, 45 percent of the Houzz members surveyed said they’d added some smart home features while 55 percent said they have no intention of adding smart elements to their homes and most cited privacy concerns as the reason they want to avoid even an internet-connect refrigerator.
“The most popular area for new smart systems or devices to appear is home security or safety upgrades,” wrote Houzz staffer Erin Carlyle. “One-fourth of renovating homeowners install smart products for this area. After safety comes entertainment: 18 percent of renovating homeowners put smart technology in their entertainment systems.”
The Houzz survey found approximately one-third of the homeowners upgrading to smart security spent less than $500 while 41 percent said they spent between $500 and $1,500.
“The most popular safety-related upgrades that use smart technology are alarms and/or fire and carbon monoxide detectors, and cameras; those two types are installed by about 9 percent of renovating homeowners each,” posted Carlyle, quoting the survey. “About 5 percent of owners opt for smart door locks, which can be connected to Wi-Fi and controlled via a computer or mobile device.”
You can read the complete blog post about the survey here: