Wi-Fi Smart Home Technology

A recent home builder survey finds increasing adoption of Wi-Fi smart home technology in new homes. 35% of surveyed large-scale single-family builders provide the networking infrastructure to provide a “smart-home-ready home” for their customers.

A new study of U.S. home and multifamily builders that sell or install Wi-Fi smart home technology reveals the most common strategy among large-scale single-family builders (LSBs) is to install a whole-home Wi-Fi network.

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The survey reveals 35% of LSBs provide the networking infrastructure to provide a “smart-home-ready home” for their customers. 29% of LSBs install an interactive security system, which remains popular among builders.

Those surveyed show large and small home and MDU builders throughout the U.S. that are actively involved in specifying, recommending, or installing Wi-Fi smart home technology in their products. The research finds a majority of LSBs surveyed install Wi-Fi routers as a standard feature, while one-third install smart speakers with voice assistants as standard.

All builders report smart-home technology is highly popular with consumers, and connected products are rapidly replacing non-connected models as standard in the home. Additionally, new consumer experiences, such as the current impact of COVID-19 on working at home and the need to monitor loved ones, will increase the value proposition of smart home tech among consumers And while the coronavirus can’t be filtered by an HVAC system, people are thinking more about indoor air quality (IAQ) and how to create and maintain a healthy environment for their loved ones.

The majority of large-scale single-family home builders surveyed offer Wi-Fi smart home technology to increase the appeal of the house and not to add to the sales price. Smart lights, thermostats, door locks, and garage door openers are typically offered as standard, while smart appliances and smart water devices are usually offered as upgrades.

Low price points put Amazon and Google in a good position to expand further in the builder market as a control interface. The low-price points of their smart speaker products give builders an economical means to integrate these Wi-Fi smart home technology features as a standard in their homes to boost their value among home buyers. Leading builders, such as Lennar, KB Homes, and Shea Homes, have all selected smart speakers as the user interface of choice.

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