One leading national publication says smart home devices increase home value by about 5%. On a typical $300,000 home, that can mean an extra $15,000. Your experience may be more, it may be less.
What is beyond dispute is the importance … some say the requirement … that home buyers place on smart home device safety, convenience and sustainability. For example, current forecasts project digital assistants from Amazon, Samsung, Google and Apple will number 8.4 billion by 2024, more than the world’s population. Add to that the near ubiquity of smart doorbells, security cameras, thermostats and home lighting. Small wonder nearly half of all homeowners expect preinstalled smart home devices in their next home.
What advances can you expect in coming months? When the question is home lighting, a good person to ask is Greg Rhoades, marketing director for lighting manufacturer Leviton and a widely respected authority on the topic of home automation.
Choice of Voice
“Millennials and other younger buyers expect to see homes with smart devices,” reports Rhoades. “Builders for the most part have responded. Home buyers also want ‘choice of voice’ in how they operate their smart devices. Different household members may have different brand preferences, such as Alexa or Google. The technology should allow for that.”
He illustrates that by saying his company’s smart lighting dimmers, switches, outlets, fan speed controls, motion sensors, multi-button keypad are voice agnostic … responsive to voice assistants across all brands.
He also recommends homebuilders think carefully about who they team up for smart home devices. Privacy and data security breaches continue to make the news. Rhoades advises builders consider technology partners that are vertically integrated and own the system they operate in – the products, app, cloud, firmware, the works. “Nothing should be farmed-out to third parties,” Rhoades cautions.
A Look Ahead
What else should homebuilders be on the lookout for in coming months? Rhoades offers a heads up:
- Motion Detection. “There’s nothing like sneaking into the kitchen at midnight, triggering a motion detector. The room lights up. You’re busted!” he laughs. “Next gen motion detectors keep track of time and can dim the lights lower, say to 15%.”
- Antimicrobial Devices. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise door handles and light switches should be disinfected daily. A new category of light switches and wall plates inhibit bacterial growth up to 99.9% between normal cleanings.
- USBs Everywhere. “Next gen wall outlets aren’t just for powering up your smartphone or tablet. Now they automatically detect if you’re charging a laptop, too. No more dragging around a cabled power brick. Just plug and play,” Rhoades says.
- Scene Controller Switch. “Yes, the bottom button is a smart on/off light switch. But the top three buttons let you command the entire home with a single button,” he says. “You can light the whole house, create a special lighting scene or control it anywhere from your smartphone or tablet.”
That’s just beginning. “We make two and half million products every day. Whether you’re all in on smart home technology or pilot it first, our residential technology consultants can customize a package to your requirements.”
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