How Brisbane homes are getting ‘smarter’
Think smart homes are just about voice activation and smart speakers? Think again.
The smartest homes in Brisbane are likely to be fully automated, offering intuitive climate control, security, automated lighting, music and even blinds that open and shut by sensor or command.
Digital Residence managing director Matt Manalis said smart home adoption was increasing in Brisbane each year, with the true mark of a smart home being full integration.
“A truly smart home is when all elements are connected together and controlled through one single app.
“That means you can say ‘good night’ or push a button and the lights will switch off, the air conditioner will change settings, the doors will lock, and the security system will monitor the house.”
As for where smart homes are proving popular, Mr Manalis noted it was across the board, with 50 per cent of his company’s smart home installations involving renovations and the other half being new builds.
“We definitely see a lot of smart homes in expensive suburbs like Ascot and Hamilton but it’s also common in areas like Ipswich where they are building new estates.
“The bottom line is smart homes are here and people are now a lot more educated about what they involve.”
For Mr Manalis, the surge in interest has resulted in a business increase of 10-15 per cent year-on-year, with homeowners in their late 30s the most likely customers.
“Often they’re on their third or fourth home and some have kids while some do not.”
A completely integrated home with features including automated lighting, climate control, security, smart intercoms, and locking can cost anywhere up to $30,000 or $40,000.
But Mr Manalis said people were beginning to appreciate that was just a small amount more than traditional installation of the same items.
“People are often already spending most of this money on products like security, lighting or intercoms and having them integrated really only costs about five to 10 per cent more.”
As for his biggest smart home tip, Mr Manalis said homeowners should understand both their present and future needs when considering the smart home features they were looking for.
If budget is a factor, he noted they could start with elements like lighting and door intercoms and build on their smart home from there.
He also urged homeowners to seek the advice and guidance of a smart home professional when it came to products, wiring and installation.
“Have a chat with a smart home provider to see what’s involved and what’s available.”