As smart technology continues to develop at break-neck speed, the urge to connect devices to our homes to enable us to lead safer, more efficient and happier lives also increases.
In fact, smart homes have been increasing in popularity in Vietnam for some time already, with an annual industry growth rate of between 20 and 30 percent expected for the next ten years. As the process of home automation may seem daunting to some homeowners, it is essential to examine each of the key components of a smart home individually, and then make educated purchase decisions thereafter.
Energy efficiency is a top priority
With Vietnam being considered to be one of the most energy-intensive countries in Asia, smart home installations that can decrease energy consumption are bound to continue skyrocketing in popularity. By switching to energy-efficient smart appliances and accessories, the average household can save up to 33% on its energy bill. A good place to start is to invest in a smart thermostat (such as the offerings by Nest and Phillips) that can monitor and adjust the temperature whether you are at home or not. Smart power strips and outlets are very efficient when it comes to neutralizing any appliances that use a lot of energy even when they are just plugged in. You can also invest in smart lighting products that can help save energy and money in two ways. A smart lighting system that automatically turns off when you are not around will cut down on your energy consumption, while smart LED bulbs typically use a lot less energy than their incandescent counterparts.
Advanced security trumps everything
While Vietnam has a relatively low crime rate, home invasions are not unheard of. Although traditional home security measures such as alarm systems and window bars can decrease the risk of a home invasion, they are simply not on the same level as most sleek and functional smart security systems and gadgets. State-of-the-art smart locks are becoming increasingly popular, and allow you to personalize access to your home completely. While the August Smart Lock is considered to be one of the best on the market, Schlage, Yale and Kwikset all offer their own quality models that work extremely well with most smart home systems. A smart outdoor camera, such as the Arlo Ultra, is another popular component of a smart home security system. With features such as 4K video recording and streaming, auto zooming, color night vision, motion sensors and an integrated siren, the Ultra will alert you of anyone approaching your home. Smart doorbells are also handy as they will inform you, via an app on your phone, when someone is at your door.
Everyone wants to be entertained
After a long day at the office, nothing beats coming home to relax to good music or your favorite TV show or movie. Ultra-modern yet practical entertainment systems are amongst the most important and practical components of a smart home. Smart universal remotes – such as the Harmony Elite and Blumoo – allow you to control your entire setup with a single remote, and will even allow you to connect to Alexa, Echo or Google Home. The Amazon Fire TV Cube replaces physical controls with Alexa intelligence, which means that your TV can now be controlled via voice command. The Cube also doubles as a powerful smart speaker, which allows you to stream music as well. Other smart home entertainment devices that are trending this year include the Caavo Control Center Entertainment Hub and the Google Chromecast Ultra.
There is no denying that smart home technology will continue to replace traditional systems and equipment at a rapid speed. By making thoughtful choices with regards to incorporating smart technology into your Vietnamese home, you will find yourself living a safer, more convenient, and happier life.