This is what your house will look like in 2021

 This is what your house will look like in 2021

What if you could control your entire home via smartphone? Home automation is already used in many homes today. However, it’s estimated to become even more commonplace in the next few years. As technology progresses, more and more things around the house will connect to the Internet — from garage doors and windows to appliances and doorbells. Automated technology can be controlled with just the swipe of a finger or voice command. These are the parts of your home that will likely become automated during the course of the next five years.

Air Conditioner

It keeps you cool during the sweltering summer months and it’s just one of the parts of the home that will most likely be automated in the years to come. The air conditioner, with the help of electronic near field communication (NFC) thermostats and automated technology, can be easily controlled to set the perfect temperature for your home. Additionally, automation with the use of NFC technology allows the air conditioner to operate less often, which results in less wear and tear of the appliance as well as a cheaper energy bill. To learn more about how to properly care for your air conditioner, check out Angie’s List.


Technology has evolved a lot since the days of the “Clapper.” Today’s automated lighting systems, like Philips Hue, allow homeowners to customize the intensity and color of the lights in their home directly from a smart device — even wearable tech like smartwatches. Speaking of lighting choices, Philips Hue offers different colors from which to choose. Whether you’re spending a romantic night in, reading or hosting guests, there’s a light setting that will fit the mood. Plus, with Philips Hue, you can schedule your lights to turn on, even when you’re not at your house, to make it appear like you’re home to deter theft and crime. The simplicity of this system is just one of the reasons it is likely to be in more homes throughout the next five years.

Home Security

Home security is important, so why trust outdated locks to keep your home safe? Instead, opt for an automated home security system like Schlage Sense to keep what you cherish most protected. The smart deadbolt is one of the most intelligent, Bluetooth-enabled and strongest home locks on the market today. Actually, Sense meets the highest industry rating there is for both durability and security. It allows homeowners to unlock their homes via their smartphone and the Sense app or with a custom access code on the touchscreen, ensuring that only the right people get into your home. And, its built-in alarm sensors can detect potential attacks and issue an alert to you in real time.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

One of the greatest things about home automation technology is that it can keep your home and your family safe. This is especially true for smart carbon monoxide detectors. With the help of the Wi-Fi you already have available in your home, an automated home carbon monoxide detector like Nest can alert you via smartphone if there is a danger. Plus, it operates with an industrial-grade smoke sensor. More than a million homes throughout the country experience high levels of carbon monoxide each year. Make sure yours is protected.

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Topics: Appliances, Connected Homes / Smart Homes, Doors, Heating & Cooling, Lighting, Windows

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