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Front Page - Friday, May 27, 2022

Homebuyers rank their top home technology features

The evolution of technology has opened a range of possibilities for a connected home. Now more than ever, remote-controlled, voice-activated devices and wireless appliances are becoming the norm.

The National Association of Home Builders recently surveyed prospective and recent homebuyers and found that the most desired technology features in the home are related to comfort and security.

As homeowners spend more time in their living space, achieving an optimal level of comfort is at the forefront. When it comes to technology features to help enhance enjoyment while at home, a programmable thermostat was rated essential or desirable by 77% of homebuyers.

A majority (59%) of homebuyers also said they wanted a multizoned HVAC system that allows homeowners to adjust the temperature in different zones of the home.

At home or away, homebuyers want to make sure their family and property are safe, so security features were also highly ranked among the essential or desirable technology features.

A majority of buyers said they would like security cameras (77%) and a video doorbell (70%). When it comes to a home security system, connectivity capabilities made the difference. Most buyers preferred a wireless system (70%) compared to a wired security system (59%).

It will probably come as little surprise, but households with children are also more likely to find different types of technology essential. Nearly a quarter (23%) of married couples with children rated voice-activated assistants (such as an Echo or HomePod) as desirable or essential, compared to only 10% of married couples with no children.

There is also a significant difference when it comes to operating major appliances. More households with a married couple with children say they want a remote-controlled smart washer and dryer compared to a married couple with no children.

Smart refrigerators controlled remotely were also rated more essential or desirable for married couples with children, compared to married couples without children.

For more information on home technology options available for your home, visit the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga’s member directory at www.HBAGC.net.