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Americans are eager to adopt smart home technology, survey shows

With the way the tech field is advancing every day (at the speed of light), and the slowness with which many Americans are adopting smartphones and tablets in everyday use, you’d think Americans would be just as hesitant about smart home technology. If you thought this, though, you’d be wrong. According to a new survey conducted by analyst firm Coldwell Banker, the opposite is true: Americans are eager to adopt smart home technology.

The survey involved 4,000 respondents, 44% of which already own smart devices such as smart TVs and smart speakers in their homes, 31% of which have smart security of some kind (including smart locks), and 30% already have smart-temperature controls such as smart thermostats and smart ACs, etc.

As for the future, smart home technology adoption looks even brighter, as 63% will embrace smart security, 58% want smart lighting, 56% want smart safety (detectors, night lights, for examples), and 63% want smart fans and smart thermostats. In other words, over half of those surveyed will adopt additional smart home technology in the future. As for homeowners who are looking to sell their homes to future buyers, 54% of those surveyed looking to sell their homes would install smart home technology to make their homes more appealing and sell them faster (with 65% of this group willing to pay over $1,500 for smart home installations so as to sell their home and reap a significant profit).

For smart home manufacturers, the future looks bright for the smart home as we know it. The question is, just how smart do you want your home to be?

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Deidre Richardson (dual B.A., History and Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) stumbled upon tech a little later in life than expected. After picking up her first smartphone (the Galaxy S3), the rest is history. She currently writes for SamMobile, the largest Samsung fan site worldwide, as well as smartwatch site smartwatch.me.

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