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New Home Automation Trends to Look for in 2021


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This year has been challenging, and many of us are looking forward to a better one in 2021. But we’ve learned how to work and live in the same space in our Park City, Utah, homes while learning to communicate in more creative ways.

It makes sense that a year of social distance and often isolation has lent itself to innovations in the tech industry, among them home automation systems. What are some specific updates to watch for as we turn the corner into a new year? Ratio AV is your trusted local Control4 dealer and home automation expert, so we’re always keeping track of how homelife will improve for our clients. Let’s reveal what we’re predicting and hearing from experts in today’s blog! Keep reading to learn more.

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Smarter Devices for Lighting and Comfort 

Your home's lighting and HVAC systems are the biggest offenders for energy use and are the primary candidates for enhanced control systems. Smart LED bulbs and HVAC systems with smart stats are programmable and can detect room occupancy, humidity, and air quality. With a robust integration system like Control4 installed, systems of the future will predict comfort levels and adjust settings even more automatically.

Proactive vs. Reactive Home Automation

Automation systems have become so seamlessly integrated that you can talk to just about any device in your home that can receive electricity. But this technology is evolving into more intuitive systems that can learn and guess your habits and preferences. Having a house that can determine what you want for dinner might be a few years into the future, but it’s not out of the realm of possibilities.

After all, we’ve already seen automation systems that program your lights to change tone and brightness automatically throughout the day. And improved voice control AI is already improving natural language processing so you can speak to your system more like you would a friend, and your control gets interpreted correctly.

Faster, More Robust Devices

We can look for one guaranteed trend in home automation in the coming year, and that's improved device design. This coming year will bring us sleeker, faster, more robust devices from everything from interfaces to speakers. The Chime doorbell is one such example, with its doorbell and camera combo all packaged in one clean and understated casing. Remotes and interfaces are going wireless with rechargeable stations like your smartphone. New designs have an air of sophistication and subtlety, featuring upgrades like longer battery life, powerful processors, and clearer sound and picture quality.

The future of home automation is here, and it will only get better in the coming year. The Jetsons-Esque home model is no longer the stuff of science fiction; now, it is home automation designers' goal. But while we wait for the technology to improve so our homes can guess our every whim, we can look forward in real-time to improvements with air quality and lighting systems, as well as improved interfaces with sleeker designs that take the attention from your devices so you can focus yours on living.

If you'd like to learn more about Control4 devices and home automation systems, you can contact us and chat live with a representative. We look forward to talking to you soon!

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