As of today, 20% of the American public consists of baby boomers. Interestingly, these baby boomers represent more than half of the consumer spending across the nation. A considerable portion of all these expenditures represents investments done for smart home technologies. As a matter of fact, more than 80% of baby boomers are highly interested in investing in smart home technologies. That is a clear indication of the increasing demand for smart home solutions among baby boomers.
Today smart home technology has reached the next level. Several years ago, a smart home consisted of appliances such as collectively working a coffee pot or a toaster. However, as of now, a smart home comes with the ability to control the temperature of the house, home security, the lighting system, kitchen and other appliances, even when the house owner is on the move (with the assistance of a smartphone).
Here are some trends on integrating smart technology into homes.
Go Green and Install Solar Panel: Most of the modern digital technology are designed with a greener and eco-friendly mindset. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average U.S. household uses about 32 kilowatt hours of electricity. Solar panels have come a long way since the 70’s! Modern solar panels are more efficient than their predecessors, and some companies are making panels that are downright beautiful.
Give preference to security: It is always important to ensure that the property has a well structured, comprehensive security system. For a baby boomer, it is better to have a ‘smart companion’ to ‘watch their back.’ Modern security systems can be controlled and monitored regardless of the location, and that is a significant fact to live a stress-free life. Some security companies offer an app for your phone.
Another “smart home” feature for security is a Skybell Doorbell Camera. It does cost for installation, however, you can visually see who is behind the door before opening it.
Smart lighting and audio: Modern technology makes it possible to integrate the lighting with the home audio system. This integration is a great feature to create a soothing atmosphere. Proper lighting helps a baby boomer to live a relaxed life at home, and it is a great stress reliever. Control4 offers limitless options for smart home automation. With one touch, dim the lights, play music, turn up the heat, lock the doors and arm the security system. Check in on your home from your smartphone, no matter where you are. Press a “Goodnight” button that will put your house to sleep, turning off all lights and locking all doors.
Increase comfort: It is vital for any baby boomer to take all the measures to increase the comfort level in the house. Programmable thermostats offer a smart temperature control approach. Companies, such as Honeywell, provide homeowners with a mobile app for their smartphone to control the temperature within the home from anywhere. The best news… It’s a free app.
Simple Do-It-Yourself Features: Amazon Echo allows you to talk and control the lighting, play music, and more. Sonos Music is a wireless music system that doesn’t require you to have wires run throughout the home. However, Ken Henke, home automation expert and President of Secur-Tek, Inc. suggests having speaker wire added throughout the home during construction. It’s relatively cheap to do and will allow you to add speakers later once you’ve moved in.
(Note: Amazon Echo connects with NEST Thermostats and HUE Light Bulbs for easier control over your comfort within your home.)
A smart home is not just an extravagant expenditure; it is a smart investment to ensure a better lifestyle, less stress and more importantly, increased comfort.
For more information on smart homes, contact The Tapestry at 954-815-2530.
Photos are compliments of Secur-Tek, Inc.