Are You Ready to Control Your Home from Your Mobile Phone?
Technology is advancing at a rapid speed, and today homeowners now have the option to control almost every digital component of their home right from their smartphone. Are you ready for this high-tech approach to home security and home maintenance?
Though it may seem odd, if not frightening, the concept of contolling your security system, your air conditioning and heating, your locks, and more from wherever you are at any given moment. A recent study done by Consumer Reports found that 20% of the public are already using their phones or tablets to remotely control some part of their home. 70% of those polled reported plans to take advantage of these technologies within the next year.
Large scale companies are hopping on the mobile home maintenance backwagon by starting to offer smart products and services that let you run your home from a variety of devices. These companies include Amazon, AT&T, Verizon, Home Depot, Lowe's, Staples and more. It has been projected that by 2020, 37 billion smart products will be available on the market for consumers interested in running their home via mobile device.
Currently, devices are available that control security systems, televisions, thermostats, blinds, lights, door locks and garages remotely from your mobile device. Kenmore and LG have already introduced new smart products that can self-diagnose problems via your smart phone, potentially saving on repair costs or time waiting for the service technician.
Although these devices are already on the market, even manufacturers admit that this new industry of mobile home maintenance needs tweaking. Homes built from brick foundations currently have higher levels of signal issues than homes built from thinner materials, such as plywood and drywall. Over the next few years, these kinks will likely be worked out, and it has been estimated that by 2020 this mobile version of monitoring a home will become the first choice of a majority of homeowners.
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About Kathleen Odenthal
Kathleen Odenthal is a freelance writer and photographer. She has been writing professionally for close to ten years and now runs her own photography company. Visit her online at kpmphotography.com.