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The State of Smart Home Tech in 2023
What is smart home technology? Are Australians really using it? Is it safe? HOOD’s here to give you the breakdown on everything you’ll need to know.
Smart home technology is quickly becoming the go-to solution for many homeowners in Australia. It can offer convenience, security, cost savings and energy efficiency, making it an interesting option for those looking to upgrade their home.
Smart home technology, sometimes referred to as home automation, allows homeowners to control and monitor their home remotely using a smartphone, tablet, wearable or any manner of device. Smart home technology can be used to control lighting, temperature, security systems, audio and video systems, appliances and more. Popular smart home products at the moment include Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home, Apple’s HomePod, Ring’s video door locks and many more.
Smart home technology can save you money in the long run. With the ability to control your home’s temperature and lighting, you can save on energy costs by scheduling your systems to turn on and off when you need them to, minimising wasted energy. Smart home technology can also help you save money on your home insurance premiums, as some insurers offer discounts for homes equipped with home automation and security systems.
Security is another benefit of smart home technology. By using a variety of sensors and alarms, you can be sure that your home is protected. An internet-connected home monitoring device can alert you to any suspicious activity in and around your home, allowing you to take action quickly and notify the authorities. In addition, many smart home solutions allow you to remotely monitor your home, so you can be sure that your family is safe, or spy on your pets while you’re not home.
There are solutions from large to small for every household, depending on what you’re looking to get out of your smart home. From something basic like automating your porch light to turn off at the same time every night, to a security camera mounted to a drone roving your house.
As technology continues to evolve, smart home solutions will become even more advanced. By 2023, we can expect that smart home technology will be even more integrated into our lives, with even more capabilities. In 2022, 38% of Australian households had some form of smart home technology enabled, that number is expected to hit 81% by 2027, according to Statista.
Another trend that we can expect to see in the near future is the integration of smart home technology with other emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. For example, we can expect to see smart home solutions that can learn your preferences organically by observing your habits and adjust your home's temperature and lighting accordingly. We can also expect to see smart home solutions that can communicate with other devices and systems, such as your car or wearable devices, to create a more seamless and integrated experience.
Staying Safe with Smart Home Tech
As smart home technology continues to evolve, you should also be aware of the potential risks. One of the main concerns is cybersecurity. As smart home technology becomes more advanced and more integrated into our lives, it becomes more vulnerable to cyber attacks. It's important to research the products you're interested in and make sure that they are secure and that they are regularly updated with security patches. It's also important to use strong passwords and to change them regularly. As the number of internet-connected devices in your home increases by orders of magnitude, you need to remember that every additional device that’s connected to your network is another potential weak spot for someone to attack.
Another potential risk to consider is privacy. Many smart home solutions collect data about your home and your habits, and it's important to understand how this data is being used and who has access to it.
To sum up - smart home technology is quickly becoming a popular choice for many homeowners in Australia. With its convenience, cost savings, energy efficiency and security benefits, it's no wonder that it's becoming increasingly popular among homeowners. As the technology continues to evolve, we can expect to see even more capabilities and features added to smart home solutions, as well as more integration with other emerging technologies. However, it's important to be aware of the potential risks and to take steps to protect yourself and your home. By researching the products you're interested in, using strong passwords and regularly updating your smart home solutions, you can enjoy the benefits of smart home technology while minimising the risks.
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