Smart home trends focus on security and energy efficiency

Energy efficiency and security are two increasingly important issues on the minds of homeowners today. The great news is that home automation devices and tools are making it easier and more affordable than ever to make your home more environmentally friendly and secure. Here are four ways that homeowners are integrating smart home technology into their properties in 2022:

1. Smart locks

Still using keys to open your front door? A connected lock offers both security and flexibility, letting you control access to your home with your phone. It’s convenient to gain access to your home (a lot easier than trying to find your keys at the bottom of your purse or bag!) and track who is coming and going when you’re not home. Industry experts forecast strong growth in the adoption and installation of smart locks this year beyond the office and luxury home market. Smart lock technology is easier to use, more efficient and more affordable than ever.  It can also be integrated easily into other security and home automation systems, such as lighting.

2. Motorized shades

Controlling your window shades manually verses using automatic sensors, timers, and smartphone devices to raise or lower your home’s shades can increase comfort, energy efficiency and security. We proudly offer motorized shades by Somfy, which provide homeowners the option of raising and lowering blinds at certain times of the day automatically or with just the touch of their smartphone screen or a separate controller. This makes it super easy to harness the power of the sun on a winter day to help warm up your home as well as shield it from the sun’s rays in the summer to help lower your cooling bill.

Motorized shades are not only a great way to increase your home’s energy efficiency, but they also provide a great way to make your home more secure. Increasing your privacy with home automation to  include automated window coverings has the added benefit of making your home look occupied, even when you are away from the home.

It is easy to combine automated window coverings that operate on a schedule alongside other home security features that can be controlled remotely, such as automated lighting. In terms of security, motorized shades are also convenient window covering option for hard-to-reach window areas and integrate well with other smart home automation systems. 

3. Home security and cameras

Expect to see more affordable, durable, easier to install and operate and more easily integrated smart home cameras and security systems this year and next. Smart doorbells are becoming more popular as a convenient way to see who is at your front door and if needed, communicate with them in a secure fashion. Expected to see greater connectivity and integration among home security tools powered by sensors and smartphones.

4. Gadgets that help conserve water and electricity

Smart leak sensors, light bulbs, outlets will continue to become more effective and affordable this year as manufacturers respond to demand from consumers for smart home tools that are accessible and more easily integrated into existing or new systems. Look for gadgets and high-tech tools that alert you when you’re using above-average levels of water or electricity and to give you early warnings of potential problems or those that warn you something is wrong when you’re not at home.

At The Blindman, we’re here to help make your home more comfortable, beautiful, energy-efficient and secure. Whether you’re looking to replace existing window coverings or need to purchase coverings for a new home, we’re Utah’s premier window covering provider. 

Our Window Covering Expert Consultants can help you navigate all your smart home automation needs. Text or Call (801) 692-2490 to schedule your free quote today!