3 Anticipated Smart Home Trends for 2016
A new year is looming and for 2016, big changes are occurring in the technology industry that will be life changing. And part of this includes smart home technological advances. Making homes “smart” is not a foreign concept anymore. It’s becoming a growing trend, especially among Millennials. With the top concerns for 2016 being energy consumption and saving money, smart homes can help lead the way. Using home automation can save you up to 1/3 on your current energy bill with many money saving devices too. Let’s look at what a smart home really is and anticipated trends – and how the SURE Universal is part of this.
What is a Smart Home?
According to SmartHomeUSA, “‘Smart Home’ is the term commonly used to define a residence that has appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio & video systems, security, and camera systems that are capable of communicating with one another and can be controlled remotely by a time schedule, from any room in the home, as well as remotely from any location in the world by phone or internet.” These home automation devices make your home safer with technology and sophisticated monitoring systems that you can control with your smartphone. The SURE Universal is an app that can work alongside these devices such as your air conditioner, Smart TVs and many of your appliances in your home. With one click of a button, the SURE Universal can control zones in your house under one system. So, if you’re using the app, you essentially have the workings of a smart home. Here are three exciting smart home trends to look for in 2016.
1. Learning Based Thermostats
Self-programmable thermostats are a growing trend and learning based ones will be hot for 2016. These types of thermostats learn your daily heating habits and your temperature preferences. For example, the Nest Learning Thermostat does all this and also learns when you’re at home and when you’re not. Once it learns all your habits and preferences, you won’t need to touch your thermostat. It’ll automatically adjust the temperature when you wake up in the morning or when you leave for work. It’ll even adjust to the corresponding seasons and over time this little device will save you money.
2. Automated Door Locks
Wouldn’t you like a door lock that unlocked as you came close to the door? Or, how about giving an electronic key to a friend and specifying certain times they can use it? This is possible with an automated door lock. These smart locks are keyless and codeless and offer you the safety you desire. A popular choice is the August Smart Lock. You don’t need a key; instead you invite people and August can then let them into your home. And with your smartphone, you can monitor who is or isn’t entering your home while you’re away. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf9DRZLEVTM
3. Lighting to Fit Your Mood
Even light bulbs have gotten smart. Light bulbs can now be adjusted to your lighting preferences and can gradually change color and more. These wireless light bulbs are often energy efficient and can last a very long time. And if you don’t already know, the SURE Universal not only can control your electronics, if you have updated to the latest version, you can now control your Philips Hue lighting in your home. See how when you add the Philips Hue to the app it has all the functionality to control your Philips Hue lighting:
The Future is Here
Technology is everywhere and with more people using their smartphones to control their homes, the SURE Universal app is a driving force for integrating your appliances under one system. And with the concerns of energy consumption and saving money, these home automation devices for 2016 aren’t wasteful and won’t break the bank when it comes to cost. Over to you – which smart home device are you looking forward to using?