In the next few years, the way our homes look and operate may be very different. Technically focused companies are bringing new homeowner-centered products to the market, to make homes more energy efficient and automated. USA Today and US News compiled a list of smart home products that we may see in the near future. See their predictions for the future of home automation:
GE technologies are developing refrigerators that contain magnet technology. This advancement is created from a new material that cools when it is demagnetized. It is expected to reach markets within the next 5 years and has the potential to be 25-30% more energy efficient than current high-efficiency refrigerators.
By 2025, it is expected that homeowners will have intelligent kitchens including 3D printers for printing your own housewares and décor as well as faucet sensors that can detect bacteria in your food!
Washer and dryer machines will continue to be increasingly energy efficient and even help out with storing laundry post-wash. They may have the capability to store clothes after washing and drying them in a compressed “pellet” form.
The future of housing insulation includes the use of mushrooms and hemp. Ecovative, a company from GreenBuild, NY has created a product called Myco Foam. This material contains mycelium, also known as mushroom roots, which provide an airtight seal in the walls by growing and binding into the home itself.
There has been extensive research by companies in order to improve the efficiency of heating and cooling systems. Panasonic recently introduced Exterios which is a combined system that is twice as efficient as most furnaces and air conditioners. The technology includes an inverter that continually adjusts the compressor’s rotation speed. The system will also have a sensor to determine if someone is in a room and will automatically adjust the temperature.
Smart windows are the future of the window industry. These windows can be remotely operated via an app that contains new electrochromic window glass. SageGlass Simplicity has created windows that can be darkened or lightened based on glare and heat gain.
- Solar Roof
Rooftop solar power is becoming a nationwide appliance. More companies are now offering leasing options so that customers can install panels without paying upfront costs. An example of a provider for this technology is Solar Canopy, which has the capability to enable homes to go off-grid or store energy in batteries.
The average toilet of the 20th century used five gallons of water per flush. With new technology, the goal is to only use 1 gallon of water per flush. Toto has introduced the 1G, a toilet that does precisely that. Instead of relying on a traditional flapper, it uses an AquaPiston canister that lifts the valve completely, which allows water from 360 degrees to flush it. The secret to this new technology is known as the “double cyclone” flushing system, using two nozzles to propel water more efficiently.
- Voice Recognition
New products are in development to respond to your voice. There is no need to press buttons in order to change the setting on your air conditioner because verbally speaking to it will change your setting. This technology will also be applied to turning lights on and off.
The future of our homes will be even more energy efficient and convenient. Engineers have already created extensive technology in the world of home automation, but the future holds more life changing product potential that will improve the amount of energy needed to power them and also provide new ways to streamline our daily lives. Hawk Security is more than just security; we understand that an integrated approach to Texas home automation increases daily convenience and helps to reduce utility costs.
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