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OUR SMART HOME SURVEY - What Could You Be Installing Next?

The future of the smart home has been all the talk around tech over recent years, with installers, engineers and homeowners alike. Here at Drayton, we wanted to know exactly what people are looking for in their homes in the future, which you might just be installing in a few years' time.

We surveyed 2,000 adults and found 44% were demanding more integrated technology.

Take a look at our interactive home below to discover what the UK household of the future could look like.

What Smart Home Technology Will We See In The Future?

Our survey shows one of the most popular aspirational tech would like fingerprint-scanning door locks, plus blinds or curtains which opened based on the time of day, and a heating system that sends you reports on how energy efficient you're being.

It's not clear when tech like fingerpirnt-scanning doors will be available will be available, but the majority of people surveyed would like to see this within the next 5 years. Our participants also expect that heating systems which can recognise body temperature will be available within the next 7 years, and TVs that can identify who's watching and choose a suitable program in around 6 years! (We hope so too).

Homeowners are demanding these kinds of technology, so industries are preparing themslves for the smart home revolution now. Professional installers are seeing an increase in smart technology demand already and more and more industry smart technology traning schemes are becoming available to empower installers in commissioning this new breed of technology and providing aftersales support for their customers.

Why and When To Invest In Smart Home Tech?

Nearly half of those surveyed say it's important to them to keep up to date with latest smart tech, whilst 39% believe investing in smart tech will be vital to future-proofing our homes.

Sustainable tech and reducing our carbon footprint are also important considerations; a whopping 89% stated that before purchasing any smart home technology they will consider the sustainability features and qualities.

Following the Prime Minister's recent unveiling of the UK's Green Industrial Revolution to battle climate change, smart technology that reduces the carbon footprint of our homes and buildings is soon to become instrumental in this plan, and the help of UK installers will be vital to ensuring these new devices are adopted by the nation to help us towards our greener future.

According to our survey, there were 3 main driving forces for investing in smart home tech:

  • > Saving money

  • > Convenience

  • > Safety and security

Due to our experience in the smart heating sector, it didn’t come as a surprise that 49% of people listed saving money as the driving force behind them investing in smart tech

 

How Smart Tech Benefits Our Day-to-day Life

Half of our participants stated that due to working from home in the last 6 months, they've thought more about how to improve their home. By using smart home technology such as speakers, thermostats, plug etc:

  • > 47% of people feel energy usage can improve

  • > 46% of people feel home comfort can improve

  • > 33% of people feel it will help them personalise their home

When looking at specific areas to improve whilst working from home, our survey showed that: 

  • > 27% would like better lighting

  • > 47% would like a dedicated workspace such as a home office

  • > 29% would like room-to-room heating

This year has seen the life of workers completely change, and many have seen electricity and heating bills spike due to more time at home. As the trend of working from home is likely to continue, here at Wiser we're committed to continuously developing our products and services to make the lives of homeowners easier, better and greener.

 

How Much Are Households Spending On Smart Home Technology?

In the last 5 years, typical spend on smart home technology for households averages £1,345. With the continuous evolution of smart home devices that'll become available, this is expected to jump to around £1,625 in the next 5 years, you may already be seeing demand for installations increasing.

 

Smart Home Devices Already In Our Homes

In 2020, smart home technology has been making itself at home in more UK households than ever; out of our 2,000 participants more than 25% already have a smart speaker such as Amazon Alexa, Google Nest, Sonos, Apple HomePod and more. 

10% have a smart doorbell such as Ring, and 13% have connected thermostats and heating controlled via an app, maybe you've fitted several of these already.

Smart home devices can improve your home comfort and convenience whether you’re in an office, on the road or at home. Learn more about Drayton Wiser's smart room thermostats.

 

Get ahead of the curve and sign up to our Wiser Approved installer scheme, where you'll receive in-depth product training, exclusive discounts and benefits, as well as your details on the Wiser website to help more customers find your business.

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