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Home of the Future: Smarter and More Energy Efficient


By April Khan, Appliances Connection

What exactly is the ?home of the future?? Is it a floating home? A home similar to the Jetsons? home? Or is it something else?Well, expert home appliance manufacturers tell us that the home of the future is simply smarter. It includes a mix of intuitive, streamlined appliances and automated processes.

When smart appliances first hit the waves, critics came from every direction saying that they would make us lazier and uninspired, but they have done everything but. These appliances still require a fair amount of manual manipulation, but the intuitive nature of these products ensures easier controlling and accurate processes. They also save more water and electricity than average appliances, which is a surprise to most people.

But do smart appliances ?make the home of the future? Let?s explore a few expert takes on this subject.

CNN calls it mobile living. One home completely controlled by a mobile app. Up until the invention of smart appliances, smart phones were limited to just controlling TVs and themselves, but now they are capable of contacting your home?s central operation system to run cooling appliances and even wash clothes. The catch is that these appliances have to have smart capabilities in the first place in order for this communication to take place. Lately, manufacturers such as GE, LG and Whirlpool offer smart appliances that connect directly to your mobile phone without a third party intervening. These appliances send messages to you phone to let you know when your dishes are done, your clothes are being washed and even when you run out of food. This makes having a mobile phone an essential part of occupying the home of the future.

Popular Mechanics says that the home of the future is more efficient and safe. Smart monitors and appliances have sensors that measure energy usage and water consumption. Let?s take smart dishwashers for example; their sensors detect the amount of soil on your dishes and the weight of these dishes to determine what setting to wash them on and how much water should be used in cleaning them. Smart monitors such as Nest or Wink detect your home's cooling and heating needs. It does this by literally learning your habits. It then adjusts automatically to keep you from having to constantly change it. This is already happening and will become more sophisticated in the near future. As for the distant future, Popular Mechanic says the following:

?The home will be equipped with a central nervous system that will sense and analyze all appliances and systems, making adjustments when needed. It will send us messages to tell us we?re out of milk and even order it for us. Biometrics will replace the key: We?ll unlock doors via a handle that validates our thumbprint before activating the circuit."

Sounds interesting.

The smart home of the future is also smaller not larger. According to social trends, children of baby boomers prefer to live in walkable diverse neighborhoods instead of rural areas with large homes. They prefer larger rooms instead of larger homes in general. The Concord Group recently conducted a survey to outline which features were most important to this group. The majority (47%) chose large kitchens, 40% chose an open floor plan, 11% chose a formal dining room and 2% chose swimming pools. These numbers directly fall in line with advances in smart technology. There are currently more smart products for the kitchen than any other room of the house.

The home of today is slowly integrating smart technology to make chores easier. The home of the future will do these chores for you, while also decreasing energy usage and the need for more space. I don?t know about you, but this sounds like heaven to me.

Ready to take a plunge into the future? Visit Appliances Connection for all of your smart home needs!

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