The term “smart house” was introduced in 1984 by the National Association of Home Builders. It was a largely unknown concept at the time, but smart home technology has since become integral to day-to-day living. Features like automatic lighting and temperature control have brought convenience and simplicity to everyday life.
Smart home technology is only expected to grow in popularity due to the accessibility, safety, luxury and value it provides. About 32% of homes already had smart technology in 2018, and more than half of homes (53%) will likely have it by 2022. Many home buyers are willing to shell out more money for smart features.
Here are three reasons more homeowners are relying on smart home technology in their everyday lives:
Makes entertaining easier
Millennials, who make up the largest share of homebuyers at 36%, don’t see cooking as a chore, but rather a form of entertainment and socialization. Smart kitchen appliances can help ensure entertaining goes smoothly. With simple voice commands using a compatible voice-enabled device, homeowners can control select Whirlpool® smart ovens while pouring their guest another glass of wine. In addition, Frozen Bake™ technology allows them to skip preheating and cook frozen favorites in fewer steps with preprogrammed settings that automatically adjust cooking times, giving them peace of mind that dinner is taken care of while they entertain.
Caters to busy lifestyles
Laundry seems to be a never-ending chore for busy families, and there’s not always enough time in the day to get it done. Smart laundry features like the Load & Go™ dispenser take some of the guesswork out of doing laundry by providing the right care in fewer steps. In addition, the Whirlpool® Smart All-In-One Washer & Dryer eliminates a time-consuming step in the process -- moving wet clothes into the dryer.
Promotes energy efficiency
Being connected to home appliances at all times gives consumers the option to be more eco-conscious. Smart thermostats can deliver energy savings by automatically adjusting temperature settings, while smart light controls can help minimize energy use as well. Even laundry is getting smarter. For instance, select Whirlpool® smart dryers use less energy while providing great drying performance with the EcoBoost™ option.
Whirlpool Corporation provides smart home appliances that deliver value, convenience and peace of mind to help make everyday tasks seamless. Get in touch with us to learn more.