Honeywell launches ‘smart homes of the future’ whitepaper

Honeywell launches ‘smart homes of the future’ whitepaper

Following the increasing demand on installers by homeowners to fit smart home technology, leading heating control expert Honeywell has launched a whitepaper on ‘Smart Homes of the Future’.
The whitepaper – based on research from more than 2,000 homeowners, installers and electricians – aims to bridge the gap between the growing demand from homeowners for smart home technology and the rest of the market, to ensure installers and electricians don’t miss out on this new business opportunity.
Statistics show that more than two thirds (68%) of homeowners are aware of the concept of smart homes and nearly half of all respondents (47%) would be interested in having a fully connected smart home, with 71% citing lowering their energy bills as the reason for this. It also revealed that a third said having a smart home would be convenient, flexible and would suit their lifestyles. However, despite this, 40% said they wouldn’t know where to start to go about achieving a smart home, with the internet being the first port-of-call for 70%.
The whitepaper also showed 74% of installers would like to become a smart installer but admitted they hear more about smart technologies in the national press, rather than through their dedicated trade press; while 100% of electricians surveyed expressed an interest in becoming a smart installer, with more than 53% recognising the need to partner with other smart technology providers to turn this into a reality.
Despite these statistics, only one third are actively installing smart appliances today.
Andy Mansfield, marketing communications manager at Honeywell comments: “The findings illustrate a real gap in the market exists between the pull from homeowners for smart technology and the push from electricians and installers. We need to work together as an industry to close that gap quickly, before it’s too late.
“Installers and electricians alike need to work towards forming partnerships with manufacturers and other systems integrators, as well as raising their online profiles to position themselves as the go-to smart installer for their customers. The smart home is already here and there is a lot of work to be done while the market is in its infancy. That’s the key reason why we have developed this white paper – to champion the installer and electrician to take ownership of it today.”
For more information, or to download the full white paper, please visit www.honeywelluk.com/news/Smart-homes-of-the-future.