3 Exciting New Trends in Smart Home Systems for 2020
New technologies and new ways to use them make this the perfect time to embrace smart home living
There’s no doubt that home automation is becoming more and more popular across the U.S., including Oregon. From lighting control to home security systems and beyond, every day more people discover how much automation can improve their daily lives. That’s in part because the technology is becoming more affordable across the board.
Smart home technology makes everyday living more relaxing and comfortable, and it creates an environment perfectly attuned to your needs and preferences. If you need more convincing, here are three affordable trends in smart home systems that could help you live a better life in your Lake Oswego, OR home.
SMARTER HOME KITCHENS
There are smart home solutions like lighting control and home security that are made for your whole home, and there are other systems made for specific spaces like your bedroom or home theater. These one-room solutions are a great way to get your smart home system started. One area in your home that many manufacturers are focusing on is your kitchen.
Most of this focus is on smart kitchen appliances. This includes smart refrigerators that generate recipes based on their contents, sync with your online calendar and let you leave notes on a screen for your family. It’s not just large appliances like refrigerators getting smarter, though; there are Wi-Fi enabled Instant pots, smart toasters, even smart blenders. If you have a kitchen gadget with electronic components, chances are someone has invented or is working on a version of it with smart technology.
BETTER AND NEW TYPES OF SENSORS
Many home automation systems use different varieties of sensors already. These include light and heat detectors for lighting control and motion sensors for home security systems, but new technologies have resulted in sensors with powerful new applications in a smart home ecosystem.
For example, you can now buy sensors that can detect water leaks and burst pipes. In many cases, you can use the same technology that detects a leak to shut off your water main before damage spreads any further.
Termites are another hazard that can wreak untold havoc if they’re not detected, and now you can buy electronic sensors that can monitor your home for termites. There are also new sensors you can place on your furnace and HVAC system to watch out for hazardous gases or let you know if a component is broken. The net result of all these sensors is more accurate information on everything happening in your home, helping you and your family stay safe and comfortable.
MOVING TO TRULY ‘SMART’ SYSTEMS
The term “smart home” can be a misnomer in many situations. You may have many automated systems in your home, and they undoubtedly make daily living easier, but these systems may be isolated from each other and have limited capabilities to learn your routines to improve their performance.
The enhanced machine learning capabilities of many smart home systems are changing this dynamic. These devices can take in much more data and use it to improve their functionality and performance. Depending on the particular technology, advances like higher-resolution cameras, improved computer vision and more refined language processing can also help devices do more to make life easier for you.
We’ve already seen this sort of thing with Nest and Honeywell thermostats that adjust themselves according to your daily routine, but more devices are on the way. One notable example of this is home security cameras with facial recognition systems, which will become much more common this year.
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