Planning some home-improvement work this holiday weekend? Consider boosting your home’s IQ.
A new survey about smart homes by home-improvement retailer Lowe’s found that, in general, Americans have a favorable attitude toward smart homes, with security ranking as the top benefit of home automation, beating out features such as energy efficiency and convenience.
In the survey, conducted online in July for Lowe’s by Harris Poll, 52 percent of respondents said that having a smart home is at least somewhat important to them. The top reason was security for 62 percent of survey participants, who mentioned the ability to lock doors and set alarms remotely, monitor activity around the home while away, and enhanced fire and flood protection as considerations.
Energy efficiency and cutting utility costs was cited by 40 percent as the most important reason to own smart-home products.
Convenience trailed safety and energy efficiency, with 35 percent citing it as a top benefit. But more than 70 percent of smart phone users polled said they would like to be able to control something in their home from their mobile device without getting out of bed. Of those, 44 percent said they would like to be able to control room temperature, 39 percent would like to control lighting from their mobile device, 27 percent said they would like to be able to start the coffee pot, 16 percent would like to turn on the shower, and 12 percent would like to use their mobile devices to turn on their children’s alarm clocks.
More than 2,000 U.S. adults participated in the study.
“In general, Americans feel positively toward products that will make their homes safer, more energy efficient, and easier to manage,” Kevin Meagher, Lowe’s vice president and general manager, Smart Home, said in a statement. “It is added evidence that the smart home and Internet of Things are here to stay.”
Respondents also indicated that the top three things that they would like to be able to control while not at home are the lights (18 percent), thermostat (16 percent) and door locks (5 percent).
When it comes to a smart-home solution, half of the survey respondents said they prefer a do-it-yourself solution, and 21 percent said they would prefer a professionally installed system with a monthly service fee. More than half (56 percent) said that cost was the most important factor when considering a purchase of smart-home products.
The survey results are illustrated in the infographic below.
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