UK’s most wanted home smart tech is revealed

After three weeks dedicated to DIY, gardening and decorating, the fourth and final week of National Home Improvement Month (NHIM) is devoted to smart technology in the home.

NHIM is supported by the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA).

Research conducted by NHIM found that the most desired smart technology amongst Brits is the ability to control their heating through an app, with almost a third (30%) of respondents making that a priority.

In second place was smart tech that enables lights to be controlled through an app, with 25% of the UK finding this a valuable home gadget. Other popular home technology appliances were wireless charging, door answering apps, smart security systems, smart meters systems, voice activated music systems, smart fridges, pet cameras and smart blinds.

The research was carried out online from November 15 to November 19 2018 by Vital Research on behalf of BHETA, from a sample of 2,001 UK homeowners.

The findings also revealed that the main hurdle preventing Brits from making home improvements is cost, with 57% of people saying they are too conscious of DIY expenses and bills.

NHIM commented: ‘Buying smart devices needn’t break the bank; you’ll find you can actually be more energy efficient and use energy only when you need it by using in-app tracking, which will shave a considerable amount of money off your energy bill.

‘Contrary to popular belief, connecting your home smart technology is incredibly user-friendly, and arguably easier than fitting a traditional timer, which we are commonly more used to. Smart home hubs have options to gather information, apply that information and automate tasks – while keeping you in the loop by showing you what’s going on remotely.

‘Using a smart camera or smart doorbell allows you to control and interact with visitors easier than ever before. A simple notification on your smartphone will allow you to interact with people knocking on your door, or thwart intruders, giving you peace of mind and security in the knowledge that your home can run itself.’

NHIM ambassador Julia Kendell, who is a TV presenter and DIY expert, explained: “Making home improvements can be addictive but it can also become overwhelming if there’s too much to do. That’s why the aim of National Home Improvement Month is simply to encourage people to make one small change to their home. Incorporating some smart technology can be an easy way to improve energy efficiency, reduce household bills and maximise security.”

For more information visit the National Home Improvement Month website at http://www.homeimprovementmonth.co.uk/

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