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Research reveals there are now 15 million ‘smart homes’ in Britain

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Research has revealed 57 per cent of the country's homes now have a smart device to undertake everyday tasks.

The research was carried out to mark the start of Smart Home Week, which runs May 20 – 26, supported by leading brands including, Amazon, Google, Yale, Philips Hue, Ring, Samsung SmartThings, tado and Swinton Insurance.

Where we’re using smart devices in our homes

More than four in ten Brits now use smart technology such as streaming services on their television, while a further one in three control their music with a gadget.

With the majority of smart homeowners using their tech while inside the property, more than one in six use the smart tech remotely on a daily basis to set the temperature or put on the kettle before returning home. The study shows a third of adults already have a smart doorbell, 33 per cent own app-controlled exterior cameras and 17 per cent have app-controlled locks.

Saving the environment has been cited as one of the reasons to invest in smart technology by three in ten adults, while 22 per cent just like the idea of having fewer items on their daily ‘to-do’ list. Researchers also found Brits love the idea of being able to boil the kettle by voice request and have bins which empty themselves, as well as lights which switch off automatically when you fall asleep.

But two thirds think smart technology is currently too expensive, and the price should be lowered for those wishing to invest.

The smart homes of the future

Among the smart devices which Brits hope is soon developed are self-cleaning toilets and carpets, and an oven which can cook multiple items at different temperatures at the same time, as well as turning itself off when the food is ready.

In terms of future investments, across the next 12 months a third of Brits will be purchasing smart light bulbs, one in 10 want a robot vacuum cleaner and 24 per cent intend to buy a smart speaker.

It also emerged 45 per cent plan to further update their home with the latest technology in the near future, with half believing it will save them time and money. More than a fifth of adults will be looking to update their homes with smart lights, thermostats, and security cameras.

A music system which lowers the volume of the music in response to someone knocking on the front door and a hairdryer which dries hair in less than two minutes are also among the smart tech Brits want to see invented.

Jason Bradbury said, “Through partnering with some of the leading names in the smart technology industry, Smart Home Week will offer unparalleled advice and information on all smart tech available.

''Helping to simplify usage and understanding of smart home technology can ensure the products are accessible for all.”

Top desired smart home additions

1. A toilet which cleans itself

2. A carpet which cleans itself

3. A multi-shelf oven which can cook separate items of foods at different temperatures at the same time on

4. Control heated flooring throughout the house

5. An oven which turns itself off when sensing dinner is cooked

6. A wardrobe which cleans, irons, folds your clothes and puts everything away colour co-ordinated

7. Boil the kettle by voice request

8. Bins which empty themselves

9. Vacuum cleaner which runs when the house is empty

Giving homebuyers smart technology as standard

At Avant Homes, we pride ourselves on giving you everything you could need for modern living – that’s why our homes come fit with smart device. From Hive Active heating to Multiflow Technology™ in the kitchen and digital displays in our bathrooms, our smart home technology aims to make your way of living that extra bit easier.


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