The Smart Technology Transforming Homes in Cyprus
It is estimated that by the end of 2022, over 84 million homes in Europe will be using smart technology. Given the high proportion of tourists that visit or reside in Cyprus, it is likely that the majority of homes in the country will follow the trend in going ‘smart’. This is an important consideration when it comes to buying a property. Whether you are looking to buy a family home in Cyprus or invest in a property to rent out, there are certain innovations in smart technology that are worth looking out for or incorporating.
Laser technology already helps potential buyers when it comes to providing images and dimensions of rooms. But now, it is also being used to aid shoppers with their groceries. Say, for example, you find yourself unable to remember what you already have in your fridge at home. The Samsung Family Hub refrigerator uses technology which, while linked to an app on your smartphone, will scan the contents of your fridge and send you pictures with its in-built camera while you are out and about. It is also able to detect the expiry date of food and drink stored inside the refrigerator. New voice-recognition features will also enable this smart fridge to show you recipes using particular ingredients, at your request. Not only does this technology therefore offer convenience when it comes to day-to-day grocery shopping and preparing meals, but it also plays a part in enabling people to cut down on wastage; with sustainable living very much a hot topic right now and seemingly for the foreseeable future, this sort of smart technology can make for a very worthwhile addition to a modern home.
More and more importance is being placed on smart lighting solutions in the home, with the residential lighting market hitting $1.8 billion in 2018 alone and set to rise over the coming years. The drive towards more eco-conscious living has led to an increasing number of lighting companies to focus on more environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient LEDs. Lighting is evolving in its purpose, however, with app-controlled technology such as SmartLamp giving residents the ability to alter the shade and vibrancy of lighting to reflect your mood or to create a particular atmosphere. In this way, smart lighting can offer practical solutions that are eco-friendly, while also adding unique style, character and fun to the inside of your home.
Heating and water account for 79% of energy use in EU households. With this in mind, smart thermostats offer a way of saving energy, reducing a household’s carbon footprint and cutting down on energy bills. It is no wonder that the use of smart thermostats has grown by 77% in Europe, with over 2.3 million households opting for them. Smart thermostats can be controlled remotely via your smartphone, allowing you to programme the water and heating according to your needs and monitor your energy usage wherever you are. A smart thermostat can also offer you a regular report on your household’s energy consumption, giving you an insight into how energy-efficient you are being and any areas where you can improve and save more money.
Smart technology is making itself at home
Whether it be because of the added convenience it can provide, the costs and space it can save us, the energy-saving aspects or a mixture of all these things, smart technology is on the rise and people are embracing it. When it comes to home technology, an increasing number of households are opting for smart solutions to various aspects of home life. Given the different benefits involved, it seems like a smart choice in more ways than one.
Written by: Alicia Rennoll
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