5 Home Automation Trends for 2017
Explore the Upcoming Possibilities for Integrated Technology
As 2016 draws to a close, it’s strange to think about how far home automation technology has come. But as many innovations as we’ve seen this year, there’s no doubt that 2017 will see even more advancements in custom electronics systems. If you’re curious about how you can upgrade your Bend, OR home with the latest and greatest in home automation, then read on to learn about our predictions for which technologies will hit it big in the new year.
1. Voice Control
When Amazon Alexa entered the home automation market this year, it made a big splash. Technology manufacturers like Lutron and Crestron were quick to support voice control, allowing you to manage your home with a single spoken command. However, the current capabilities of voice control are rather limited. 2017 will see a huge influx of voice-compatible devices, and the control systems that already support voice control will become much more flexible and intuitive.
2. More Automation Possibilities
There is already so much you can control with a custom electronics system—your window shades, lights, and even your refrigerator can all be upgraded to smarter, more efficient versions. But you don’t have to stop there. Every day, technology manufacturers are coming up with new devices for automating different aspects of homes. In 2017, you’ll see a lot of these smart devices become standard in homes, especially in new construction.
3. Lighting Design
Lighting control is a staple of home automation, but more and more homeowners are going beyond the basic capabilities of lighting automation with design services. In 2017, there will likely be an uptick in interior designers using lighting automation as a large part of their design strategy. Lighting design uses automation technology to promote the best lighting for every room and activity. Instead of just adding in dimmers and remote control, full lighting design allows homeowners to set up individual scenes that highlight architecture, artwork, and other home décor.
4. Security and Automation Together
In years past, security was usually treated as a separate system from any smart devices in the home. However, the latest trend is to combine your security and automation systems into one cohesive platform that’s much easier to control. For 2017, you’ll see the lines blurring between security and automation providers, giving you a one-stop-shop for all of your home control needs.
5. Automation for New Homes
It’s rare to see a newly constructed home that’s prepped and ready for a custom electronics system. While integrated technology is a very personal, tailored investment, more builders and architects will start laying the groundwork for home automation so that homeowners have a much easier time selecting and installing the technology solutions that are most important to them.
You don’t have to wait until January to get started on a modern electronics system of your own. Give us a call today at (503) 598-7380 or fill out this quick online form. We’ll work with you to design the perfect solution for your needs.