Historically home automation was focused on delivering efficient control of home technology, from lighting to the way you listen to music, to home network reliability and temperature management. Homeowners wanted to be able to manage their homes using a simple App on their phone and smart home experts responded with state-of-the-art solutions to move everyone towards a more productive living environment.
Recently smart home technology design has shifted focus to address ‘biophilia’, where people want to feel more in tune with the outdoors and nature while they are indoors. Whilst this trend has been emerging for some time, the appetite for health and wellness within home design has been further driven by the recent pandemic, as people have spent more time working, studying, and socializing at home.
So, what do we mean by health and wellbeing when it comes to smart homes? In layman’s terms, it means creating more of an Eco home, which in turn makes the occupants feel better. This includes improving the air quality, the water quality, the sound quality, and the light quality being absorbed daily by families. It means harnessing the sun’s energy and storing it in a rechargeable battery that produces clean, smooth energy to the home. The shades will intuitively lower when the sun is at its strongest and rise later in the day, to allow more natural light in. Another technology-led solution is to create lighting scenes that change throughout the day, tapping into the natural circadian rhythms of the occupants.
It does not end with energy and lighting. Smart plants can be weaved into home design to monitor air quality and reduce pollutants in the home by increasing airflow over the roots and digital displays have evolved to replicate windows and skylights. The eco-home technology opportunities are endless, so watch this space!
Bill Simpkins is the founder and CEO of IGS Homeworks, a leading provider of home technology solutions in The Woodlands, TX. www.igshomeworks.com