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Smart Homes: You can control your home from the touch of a fingertip with the latest technology and apps. Photo: Shutterstock.
Smart Homes: You can control your home from the touch of a fingertip with the latest technology and apps. Photo: Shutterstock.

Technology continues to make its presence felt in our homes with advancements no longer considered a luxury, rather a 'must have'.

There are many benefits technology can provide around your home by helping you save time and money and allowing you to enjoy the better things in life. Advancements are also proving to be a valuable resource for the elderly and disable by assisting with day to day tasks.

A recent survey conducted by the Master Builder's Association of Australia reported increased interest in smart homes with four out of five respondents responding that technology is an important factor.

Master Builders' deputy CEO Paul Bidwell, said that people increasingly want their homes to provide comfort, security, energy efficiency and convenience, even when they're not there.

"The survey showed people building new homes are most likely to request smart technology for their home lighting, in creating smart kitchens and ensuring their home security systems are top notch," he said. "People want a home that is unique to them, not just something off the shelf, and investing in smart technology is a great way to add that personal touch".

Energy

When a utility bill arrives there is always the slight fear of opening it, however smart homes are designed to reduce your energy usage and not only lower your bills, but help the environment out at the same time.

The level of control is where smart homes really shine. From most devices such as a mobile phone, you can control almost anything in your home including turning lights on and off or adjusting their brightness, set temperature levels, and if you've forgotten to turn appliances off when walking out the

Good times: Sit back, relax and let someone else do the work. Photo: Shutterstock.

Good times: Sit back, relax and let someone else do the work. Photo: Shutterstock.

Entertainment

While computer games have been around for decades, the surge in online and multiplayer gaming is increasingly a major focus in the home. As faster and larger internet packages become available, usage is being matched through social media, live streaming of movies and television, and gaming. Music is also a major beneficiary from technology resulting in unlimited music libraries being stored in digital form and played anywhere in or out of the home.

Appliances

From simple tasks such as putting the kettle on or preheating an oven on your way home through to ordering your groceries via your fridge, the way we use appliances is changing. Smart appliances in your home are designed to be more convenient and energy efficient, and continue to undertake more roles than their traditional designs.

Cleaning

You might even be able to get the kids to help with the cleaning once you realise how technology is making cleaning so much easier. Smart vacuums are a quick and simple way to keep your floors clean and there are some great advancements being made in climbing stairs and cleaning other uneven surfaces. Smart appliances such as window cleaning robots and self cleaning ovens can also help save time.

Outdoors

Technology is also starting to prove beneficial outside the home. Remote sprinklers systems give you control via a mobile device so you can water gardens at different levels and times or even individual sections.

Like smart vacuums, robot lawn mowers are quickly becoming every home owners dream. Simply input your yards layout into the mower then sit back, grab a cold drink and relax while the work is taken care of.

With one in four Australian properties now considered a smart home, technology and smart appliances will continue to connect to our homes and change the way we live.

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