You might expect this list to contain some of the most obvious smart home improvements, like thermostats and sprinkler systems. These are always exciting upgrades, because they help homeowners make better use of resources and reduce their environmental footprint. Those devices are going to continue their rise in popularity as we head into 2018 — there’s no doubt about that. But in this list, we’re going to talk about a few of the “smaller” things that people are going to be doing more of in 2018, in terms of smart home integration.
1. More cameras
Once upon a time, home surveillance was a luxury reserved for people with sprawling estates. Today, any homeowner can have a high level of home video surveillance with a relatively small investment. In fact, Smart cameras have already become such a great value with so many sophisticated features that homeowners are installing multiple cameras covering multiple angles and viewpoints around their properties. A simple app on the phone or tablet allows easy and instant home surveillance at a tiny fraction of what it used to cost. Look for more homeowners to take advantage of smart camera technology in 2018.
2. Smart lock integration
Smart locks are exciting not only because of what they can do on their own, but because of the myriad ways in which they can be integrated with other smart home automation devices. For example, a lot of people don’t realize that you can program a smart lock to turn on certain lights the moment you enter the home at night. The same type of integration can be achieved with cameras, sound systems, automated blinds, and many other smart home devices. Home owners are definitely warming up to the idea of smart locks, as people learn more about how safe they can actually be when correctly installed and maintained. As more people integrate this technology into their home, they will start of all of the ways in which it can be integrated with other devices.
3. Lighting upgrades
The lights are one of those areas of the home that we may not think about very often, but lighting is something we use all the time. Maybe a lot of homeowners think that lighting is just about as advanced as it’s going to get. They’re in for a surprise. Smart home lighting applications are getting more diverse and exciting every day, but let’s just consider a simple scenario. You walk in the home, and it’s completely dark inside. With the simple tap of a button on your phone, you can recall a complete lighting configuration for the entire home. Now this is a convenience worth investing in!
Another thing we’re going to be seeing more of an 2018 is homeowners taking advantage of home automation experts and the services they offer. When you have a pro help me choose the right products — and then taking care installation and maintenance for you — you’re in a better position to reap the full benefits of everything that’s happening today in home automation.