How much smart home technology do you currently have? Whatever your answer, we predict you’ll have a whole lot more in a few years’ time, especially in light of research that has revealed the UK’s smart home plans for the future.
EY published a report last autumn, entitled ‘Taking Stock of the Smart Home: Consumer Attitudes Towards Connected Home Technology’, which saw a total of 2,500 surveyed about their views on smart home technology.
Overall, it was found that more of us are planning to invest in smart lighting, smart heating and smart security devices for our homes in the near future, but what exactly are households looking for in new smart home technology? Let’s take a look…
UK Smart Homes Today
EY found that the smart tech people in the UK are most likely to own is smart watches and smart speakers, with 14 per cent of saying they already own these.
Almost half (49 per cent) of people said they are familiar with the main features and benefits of smart home products, which can include keeping a home more secure, helping you to reduce your energy usage, and even saving money - something 51 per cent of respondents said they were aware of.
The UK’s Smart Home Plans
The rate at which we buy and use smart home tech is expected to soar in the next few years, according to EY’s findings. For example, while eight per cent of us currently have smart thermostats in our homes, 38 per cent of us plan to have it by 2022.
It’s a similar story for smart security devices too, which are installed in seven per cent of people’s homes already, but expected to be a feature in 32 per cent of households in the near future.
As for smart lighting, it’s in around seven per cent of our homes right now, but is likely to be in 31 per cent of UK homes in just a few years’ time.
Altogether, approximately one-third of Brits expect to have smart heating, lighting and security in their homes within the next couple of years, marking a shift towards the way we manage our energy usage, homes and lives in general.
The next step that people want is to be able to control all of their smart home devices via a central ecosystem, with 38 per cent wanting this in the near future. Younger people were found to be more likely to want this, with 48 per cent saying so.
What Smart Home Tech Concerns Do People Still Have?
While people are keen to add to the amount of smart home technology they own, there are still some common concerns about this type of tech.
EY found that 71 per cent of people are worried about their smart devices being hacked, but many of the smart home products available from Future Home Shop come with bank-level encryption, so there’s no need to worry about your data being accessed. This is especially reassuring when it comes to products such as smart home security cameras, which can record footage of your movements inside and outside your home.
Meanwhile, 37 per cent of survey respondents said their main concern was not being able to install smart home devices if they bought them. At Future Home Shop, we’re passionate about providing you with the latest, innovative devices quickly and easily, which is why we offer free next-day delivery (when you order before 2pm, excluding weekends and bank holidays) and all of our products are easy to set up.
So, why wait until 2022? Start adding to your smart home tech collection today and browse our full range of gadgets here.