If you’re building a new home, you want it to be stylish, functional, and of course, state of the art. Smart home features top the wish list for homeowners, with 81 percent of homebuyers stating they would favor purchasing a home with smart accessories already installed, according to Digitized House. Every year, smart home technology gets better and better, with new trends emerging that make homeowners’ lives easier and more convenient. Here are some of the top smart home trends of 2019 that you may want to integrate into your house plans:
Smart circuit breakers: Circuit breaker boxes in traditional homes have remained mostly unchanged for decades. The gray box in your basement or garage is one that you tend to avoid, but smart design and technology is taking these load centers into the 21st century. Leviton’s new load center with optional internet connectivity sends homeowners real-time monitoring data and customizable alerts to their smart devices.
How does it work? The Leviton Load Center’s smart circuit breakers communicate with a Wi-Fi or Ethernet-enabled data hub to report real-time status. Using an app, homeowners can conveniently monitor electrical usage per circuit branch or specific appliance, safely turning breakers off remotely if needed. Smart circuit breakers also report home energy consumption, including historical views by day, month or even year. The My Leviton App also allows users to receive alerts when a circuit breaker trips, or if a circuit is using more energy than usual. They can even set contractors as recipients of these notifications and give them secure access to their app’s panel view, allowing them to troubleshoot remotely. No more wondering if the stove was left on; you’ll be able to see instantly.
If you’re concerned about your home’s energy output, Leviton’s smart circuit breakers provide real-time data on how each circuit is performing, as well as information on current and historical costs, so you can make smarter energy choices. Learn more at leviton.com/loadcenter.
Smart comfort: You want to stay comfortable from season to season in your home, but you also want to heat and cool it efficiently. Smart temperature controls make this easier than ever, allowing you to put the temperature decisions virtually on auto-pilot.
Smart thermostats go beyond programmable thermostats by using technology to analyze heating and cooling usage and maximizing efficiency for when you are home versus when you are gone. Connected to an app on your phone, the technology knows through your device’s physical location if you are home or away at work. It records patterns and begins to make suggestions and adjustments based on your lifestyle. These smart temperature controls allow you to make automatic adjustments remotely if necessary, so if you’re headed home early, you can have the house to your ideal temperature by the time you arrive.
With access to historical energy use data and temperature control charts, you’ll be able to analyze your energy footprint and decide about how you want to use your home’s heating and cooling systems best for your comfort and for the environment.
Smart security systems: It’s amazing what modern home security can do when paired with smart home technology. Not only will your home be safer, but it will be more accessible, too.
For example, pair cameras with intelligent locks to let you know who is at your door even when you’re away. If it’s your child coming home from school, they can be safely let into the house. If it’s a package delivery, you will know right away. If it’s a package thief, you can be alerted and take action through two-way audio before the police arrive. Smart cameras can detect people, animals and things, making your spaces incredibly secure.
Smart sensors are also a big part of the smart home security trend, bringing peace of mind to homeowners. These sensors monitor environmental changes in the home, so you’re alerted to air quality changes and other concerns such as temperature fluctuations or smoke. You’ll know right away if high levels of carbon monoxide are detected, whether you’re at home or away.
Another way to keep your home safe is by making it look like you’re home when you’re away. Smart lighting options enable you to schedule lights to turn on and off throughout the day from any location.
These three emerging areas are bringing the home fully into the future with more innovations still to come.