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Smart Home Security Survey Results
The home improvement store’s second annual survey gauges American smart-home buying behaviors and preferences.
Iris by Lowe’s, the home improvement store’s smart-home technology brand, has released its second annual Smart Home Survey, which gauges countrywide behaviors and preferences on smart-home products and systems. Conducted online this past August, the survey polled over 2,000 adults to determine the driving factors behind purchases.
The survey found that cost is becoming slightly less of a determinant. The cost of equipment and subscription fees have decreased in significance, from 56% citing it as the key factor last year, to just 43% saying the same this year.
The second greatest determiner is ease of use, which earned 19% of the votes, up from 13% last year. Energy efficiency features—such as home temperature control and automated lighting—are the next most commonly cited factors.
In all, 66% of Americans reported they plan to purchase smart home products someday, while 17% plan to do so within the next year. Consumers rated stores like Lowe’s and the Home Depot as their top destination for purchasing smart-home products, citing reliability, knowledgeable staff, and an abundance of available products.
“We constantly aim to further understand the ways in which people evolve right along with smart homes. This year’s results show us the cost of smart home products is becoming less of a roadblock for consumers than in the past, and they are more inclined to purchase from retailers they can trust,” said Mick Koster, vice president and general manager of Iris Home Systems. “Insight around consumers’ attitudes toward home automation supports our year-round efforts to deliver better value with Iris and ultimately offer the best possible technology and products to help homeowners love where they live.”
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