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Smart home technology: evolving how we live


If you’ve ever had a messy home (or watched The Jetsons), chances are you’ve fantasised about a home that takes care of itself. Finally, that fantasy is becoming a reality as we transition to a thing of science fiction—the smart home. 

With the rapid advancement of technology, homes in Australia are becoming smarter and more connected than ever before, doing more than most of us had dreamed of. But what exactly is the state of smart home technology in Australia? Is it beneficial? Is it challenging? What exactly are the possibilities for homeowners? As it turns out, there’s a bit to learn before you dive right in.  

The rise of smart homes in Australia

Smart home technology, often referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT), is gaining traction right across Australia. It encompasses a wide range of devices and systems that are interconnected and can be controlled remotely to make our lives more simple. These include smart thermostats, lighting, security cameras, door locks, and even appliances. Though it’s easy to think we’re adopting this change so we can do more relaxing, there’s a little more to it than that. Smart home technology offers:

Smart home devices gaining popularity in Australia

The term ‘smart home’ is usually reserved for a home that has multiple devices on the go at once, often working interconnectedly. Within the realm of smart homes, smart lighting has become increasingly popular, with bulbs and switches that can be controlled remotely to allow homeowners to adjust brightness and colour, create lighting schedules, and, best of all, save energy (and money!). Meanwhile, smart thermostats are often set up to control a home to a precise temperature, which not only creates comfort but optimises heating and cooling to a more efficient level.

Looking for something a little more sci-fi than a temperature-controlled room and mood lighting? Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant should do the trick, two overarching smart home devices becoming more and more common in Australian homes. These devices allow users to control various aspects of their home through voice commands, meaning you can bark orders into thin air and get results. Real-time monitoring security systems, keyless entry systems and hyper-intelligent kitchen appliances are just some of the other features of your typical smart home. 

Challenges and considerations

There’s no doubt about it: smart home technology has numerous benefits and is very appealing to busy modern households. But there are still a few challenges worth considering. The first deterrent for most people is cost. Although a smart home can save you money in the end with energy efficiency, the initial investment in smart home technology can be significant. 

Another concern some have is security and privacy data breaches. As homes become more connected, they also become potential targets for cyberattacks. Proper security measures, such as strong passwords and regular software updates, can keep these kinds of concerns at bay. Before investing in smart home technology, it’s worth reviewing privacy policies and settings to make sure your data is protected from being mishandled or misused. After all, these devices will know you quite intimately once set up and running in your home for a while. 

Lastly, you’ll want to think about maintenance and compatibility. Smart devices require regular updates and maintenance to ensure they function correctly and will need to be compatible with any new devices you buy. Stick with one brand where you can and stay on top of any suggested servicing of your devices. If you find a set-up that’s within your budget, safe and well-connected, you can go about establishing your smart home without too much concern. 

The future of smart homes in Australia

Just like movies have led us to believe, a future where our homes are powered by robotic technology is filled with exciting possibilities. Here are some trends sure to grow in popularity across the country in the years ahead:

Smart home technology is revolutionising the way Australians live, but what we’ve seen so far is only the beginning. While there are challenges to overcome, the future promises exciting possibilities that deliver convenience, energy efficiency, security, and entertainment. As smart homes become increasingly integrated and sustainable, they’ll play a pivotal role in shaping the way we live and how we interact with our homes. Watch this space.