Surveys Reveal Consumer Preference for ‘Smart’ Homes

by WOHe

Surveys Reveal Consumer Preference for ‘Smart’
Homes

What do consumers want in home automation?

The answer: “Smart” electronics that can be incorporated into
either a major remodeling project or new construction.

Some specifics:

  • A recent survey by the Consumer Electronics Association
    revealed that 63% of the consumers polled said they want lighting
    that turns itself on when someone approaches their house and some
    55% want to be warned as they leave the home that an appliance
    hasn’t been turned off. 
  • The same survey demonstrated that another 43% of the homeowners
    questioned said they are interested in appliances that announce
    when they need service, and 37% liked the idea of appliances that
    could compile shopping lists. However, three out of four consumers
    said they did not want the appliances to schedule that service or
    do the laundry by itself.
  • At the same time, the Yankee Group, which puts on the Annual
    Networked Home Symposium, finds that as many as 21 million U.S.
    households are interested in remodeling for smarter use. Estimates
    show that 12.4 million of these households want to implement home
    networking capabilities within the next year. Meanwhile, 37% of
    consumers want to control their home heating and cooling through a
    computer network, and 36% want to be able to control an appliance
    from elsewhere in the home.

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