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Smart home adoption accelerated during the COVID-19.

It’s been over a year since the COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted the world and affected our lives in ways we never imagined. Until this outbreak, concepts like "mask mandates", "lockdowns" or "social distancing" were unknown to most of us. We are now spending more time at home, unable to go out, meet friends or attend social gatherings. Technology has come to our rescue during this crisis, helping to find drugs, combat misinformation, deliver essentials, make strategic decisions, and to relieve stress through entertainment and virtual gatherings.


With more time at home and less help available, many have embraced smart home technologies to aid with their daily routines. Stay-at-home orders changed the very notion of how people interact and live in their homes, driving people to reconfigure their physical space to meet new functional requirements, including working and learning at home, creating at-home gyms, or finding new ways to relax and enjoy themselves. A wake-up routine that automatically opens the curtains, upbeat music playing on the stereo at regular intervals to kick out of the work stress, smart robots to help clean the floors and smart speakers providing guidance to try new recipes, and turning off all lights with a single tap when you are ready for bed, are some of the smart technology interventions that made life easier during these tough times.


Consumers are embracing the concept of connected living, to make their lives easier, comfortable, and secure in these challenging times. In a recent study, 70% of people have reported making changes to their living environment due to spending more time at home and 51% have purchased at least one smart home device during the same period. The recent ABI study says that the market for smart home technologies will reach $317 billion by 2026, representing an additional 5 percent of growth over pre-COVID-19 forecasts. In short, the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of smart home solutions.


While more consumers are adopting smart home technology, for the people who are new to the idea of home automation, taking the first step towards reimagining a home requires some assistance. With so many devices and technologies to choose from, it’s important to avoid the common pitfalls and create a smart home that best suits your needs.


Here is a checklist of five technology considerations that should always be heeded while choosing a smart home system.


Compatibility

Smart home compatibility

An ideal smart home should have devices that work seamlessly together. Your TV, music system, lighting, and blinds should work together to create a perfect ambiance. So it makes sense to choose a smart home ecosystem that accommodates a wide range of devices and technologies.


You shouldn't have to be switching between apps to access different devices in your home. A unified app that integrates all the aspects of your home’s functionality will make life more convenient, and your property much easier to manage.


Flexibility

Being able to upgrade your systems with your growing needs is the sort of flexibility that will make your smart home truly smart. Future-proof your smart home with systems that allow for easy extension and adoption of new technology.


One of the better choices in terms of flexibility is opting for a wireless smart home system. It’s both easy to install and provides you with the freedom to expand without the hassle of rewiring and tearing d