Through implementing smart home features, you will be able to have a home that is personalised to suit you and the way you live.
From comfort and ease of use, to energy and environmental efficiency, there are many benefits that will come with integrating innovative technologies into your home.
With smart homes becoming increasingly popular due to the convenience and value, Shelford Senior Interior and Architecture Designer Rui Rosa provided a look into the smart home trends you should look out for this year.
To keep you and your family safe and to provide a bit more assurance, smart home security features and smart garage doors can be of great assistance.
Consisting of an integrated alarm system, you are able to watch your home through a smartphone app when you are not at home – simply connect the app to your CCTV camera or access the doorbell video via an entry door app.
“You can also lock and unlock your doors with your phone through a smart lock,” Mr Rosa said. “This brings you peace of mind that you can leave your house without your keys, or when you’re not home you can let the kids in the house if they forget their keys and even their phones.”
For those times when you just cannot remember if you shut the garage door properly – if you are able to monitor it on your phone, it will save a lot of time going back just to check.
“There is also a silent alarm app that can notify you when your door is open for a long time, where you can customise the mode of entry of your garage and control multiple garage doors in more than one location – as seen in our Ultimate Living Series homes,” Mr Rosa said.
If meal preparation is something you dread, then smart kitchens will make it all that more enjoyable and easier for you.
Specifically, a smart fridge can help you keep track of what’s inside, monitor use-by dates to avoid wastage, help you write shopping lists, or give you the calorie value of its contents.
“Some smart fridges have cameras inside so you can take a look at the contents without opening the door, or check what’s inside the fridge while you’re at the grocery store,” Mr Rosa said.
“Some even have a photo album display, replacing the old magnet-pinned photos. Or a tablet screen that works like a memo board which you can access from your phone, so you can write a note on the fridge anytime.”
Furthermore, smart cooking appliances such as smart ovens, microwaves and coffee machines can be activated by voice control when connecting it to your wi-fi.
When you are getting ready, a smart bathroom will ensure this can be done in the best way possible for both you and the environment.
“It makes sense for bathrooms to be efficient with water-saving options, including a smart toilet with a self-flushing function and voice command, and a shower also with voice command, recordings and instant temperature control,” Mr Rosa said.
“You could also install an automatic air freshener and ventilation that opens and closes automatically based on room temperature and personal needs.”
With smart home technology also allowing users to complete tasks such as wirelessly charging their smartphones, remotely controlling lighting in their home and adjusting the temperature before returning after a day out, it will be exciting to see what this sector will produce next.