Smart homes are getting more and more common. With controls built into smartphones and home-based virtual assistants like the Amazon Echo, it’s only getting easier to control smart appliances from anywhere.
A new study says that’s likely to boost growth in the coming years, helping 55 percent of American homeowners to join the smart home revolution. Berg Insight expects 73 million U.S. homes to have smart equipment by 2021.
The study also found that 21.8 million households have installed smart home equipment today, a jump of 47 percent over last year. However, as more established players like IKEA and Honeywell improve their smart home offerings, that number will likely grow quickly.
“2017 is anticipated to be a good year for smart home technology as entry-level smart home systems have become affordable for the mass market, at the same time as the reliability and features have improved significantly”, says Anders Frick, Senior Analyst at Berg Insight.
For anyone who’s invested in some smart home equipment, you likely already know how easy it is to get sucked in. Putting smart lightbulbs in your living room is quickly followed by learning thermostats, Wi-Fi camera or other easy to use gadgets. Then, you consider smart switches to control overhead fixtures and intelligent door locks to improve security.
But as smart equipment really takes hold, it will likely only get easier to install and cheaper to invest in. Plus, new homes may come with smart home packages already installed to help new users join smart ecosystems.
The study also found that voice will likely be the driving factor in smart home adoption. Users are interested in making smart home control as easy as possible, and voice control means no fumbling with phones or remotes to activate smart features.