13 Smart Home Trends for Modern Homeowners

Smart homes continue to come to the forefront of home security and home tech integration. Continuing to advance into the future, smart home technology is creating more dynamic and monitored homes compared to what was possible years ago.

Here are thirteen smart home trends that are gaining in popularity quickly:

Trend #1: Top Products

The most popular smart home devices will continue to smart speakers, smart home security systems, thermostats, smart locks, smart appliances, and smart lights. These are the six areas where development has been and will continue to be focused.

Trend #2: More Sensors

Sensors play a huge role in smart home trends recently. The ability to sense surroundings and generate actionable data without the need for a human being to be involved has been key to smart technology success.

Motion sensors, temperature sensors, ambient light sensors, smoke sensors, moisture and humidity sensors, and others are likely to continue to become more and more advanced.

Trend #3: Digital Assistants

The sale of digital assistants have been on the upswing for some time now. Voice-enabled technology acts as a director of sorts. Through voice commands, one can seek out various information, make plans, contact friends, book appointments, or make changes to their smart home monitoring system.

Trend #4: Stronger Connectivity

The Internet is getting faster, bigger, and better. Security’s improving. Data rates are seeing massive jumps in quality. Depending on how ISPs react and the system that gets created from upcoming 5G installations, easier-to-access Internet will likely mean more encouraging developments in smart home tech and more of these products in everyday homes.

Trend #5: Eco-Friendliness

Smart home tech has lacked eco-friendliness and energy intelligence but that’s changing. Key brands like Apple, Google, Amazon, and Zigbee have all committed to eco-friendly operation standards. Smart LED bulbs and thermostats were the start but in the next few years, we see additional exploration into solar panels, energy capture and distribution.

Trend #6: More Home Adoption

There will come a day very soon where, in real estate, if a home isn’t offering smart home connectivity, it won’t be worth looking at. A simple smart home layout that offers remote customization of lights, thermostat, and security camera is a minimum. Particularly in real estate, more sellers will be pressured into equipping themselves with smart home tech.

Trend #7: More Data Sharing

Though privacy remains a concern for some, there are more smart home users willing to share information with the organizations providing them support in a desire for more service.

A refrigerator ordering food for you, automated adjusting of lights and temperature, and AI-influenced processes are on the rise, all based around user data sharing.

Trend #8: Artificial Intelligence

AI is a disruptor. It hasn’t yet found its way fully into smart homes but when it does, the innovation it’s expected to bring will provide homeowners with the chance to control things like dinner-making, radio volume, security, and more. AI will eventually be able to do these acts without assistance, making it an even more hands-off process.

Trend #9: Commercial Automation

Smart home automation is becoming common for residential settings but we don’t often hear much about commercial or industrial buildings. That’s about to change. Building automation systems could soon become the norm, adopting new standards in what’s expected to serve customers and employees.

Trend #10: More Brand Loyalty

The smart home market is heating up. Branding is starting to matter in a big way. Brands will be forced to work harder to attract and keep clientele. Instead of individual products, more complete smart home lines will be developed.

The beauty about where the market is right now is that there is no singular dominant player. There’s still opportunity for new names to establish themselves, disrupt, and all for the benefit of the customer.

Trend #11: More Customer Input

Smart home as an industry has been dominated by single products and a select number of product lines. As the market has expanded, the customer experience is being prioritized in an effort to create new products, expand existing product lines, and to craft more integrated technology systems.

Customers can expect to hear more about these efforts from their smart home companies in the years to come.

Trend #12: More Malfunctioning

Current issues around smart homes are mainly tied to WiFi signals rather than the devices themselves. That’s expected to change, as new products hit the market.

Internet is only getting better but with more strain on it from an increasing number of smart home products, a new category of smart home tech experts will have to be called upon to fix increasing product malfunctioning.

Trend #13: Standardization

Currently, smart home accessories function in large part independently of other devices and require to be under the same brand to work together. Standardization provides the chance to adapt smart home products to different platforms.

The normalization of smart homes has seen consumers demand more adaptability between brands and in the next twelve months, we only expect to see this trend continue.