UK’s most in-demand smart tech for the home revealed in survey

24 April 2019

National Home Improvement Month smart home

As the popularity of smart technology rises, with almost a quarter of us owning at least one smart device, the 4th week of April’s National Home Improvement Month is dedicated to smart home technology. New research shows the UK's most popular form of smart tech is heating control via an app.

Smart technology can make home life considerably easier by remotely controlling electronics, heating and water, while also saving energy, time and money. Smart tech gadgets also often boast environmentally friendly properties.

This is why, after three weeks dedicated respectively to DIY, gardening and decorating, the fourth and final week of April's National Home Improvement Month is devoted to smart technology in the home.

Research conducted by National Home Improvement Month found that the most desired smart technology amongst Britons was the ability to control their heating through an app, with almost a third of respondents (30%) identifying that as a priority. Second place was smart tech that enabled lights to be controlled through an app, with 25% of respondents finding this a valuable home gadget. This suggests a public appetite for remote controlling smart technologies, with a focus on energy and lighting. Other popular home technology appliances were wireless charging, door answering apps and smart security systems.

Some might assume that all this smart tech is going to turn your home into a technology hub, consuming an outrageous amount of money and energy – but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Research conducted by National Home Improvement Month found that the main hurdle that prevents Britons from making home improvements is cost, with 57% of people saying they were conscious of DIY expenses and bills. However, buying smart devices needn’t break the bank. Users oftent find they can actually be more energy efficient, using energy only when needed, by using in-app tracking, helping shave a considerable amount of money off energy bills.

Contrary to popular belief, connecting your home smart technology is incredibly user-friendly – and arguably easier than fitting a traditional timer, which we are commonly more used to. Smart home hubs have options to gather information, apply that information and automate tasks, while keeping you in the loop by showing you what’s going on remotely. You'll also find that smart technologies often require an app – or you simply need to tell it what to do after connecting it to your internet network.

Using a smart camera or smart doorbell allows you to control and interact with visitors more easily than ever before. A simple notification on your smartphone allows you to interact with people knocking on your door, or thwart intruders, giving you peace of mind and security in the knowledge that your home can run itself.

National Home Improvement Month Ambassador, presenter and DIY expert Julia Kendell explains: “Making home improvements can be addictive but it can also become overwhelming if there’s too much to do, she says. That’s why the aim of National Home Improvement Month is simply to encourage people to make one small change to their home. Incorporating some smart technology can be an easy way to improve energy efficiency, reduce household bills and maximise security”.

Review the smart tech infographic and tips for securing your smart home:

smart tech infographic

Review the top 10 in-demand smart tech & gadgets for the home infographic:

For more tips, advice and information, visit the National Home Improvement Month website at:

top 10 in-demand smart tech in the home infographic

About National Home Improvement Month:
National Home Improvement Month is supported by the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), the leading UK trade association for manufacturers, suppliers and distributors in the home enhancement market, including home improvement (DIY), garden, housewares and small electricals.

About the research:
The research was carried out online from 15-19 November 2018 by Vital Research on behalf of BHETA. The research sample comprised of 2,001 UK homeowners. All research conducted adheres to the UK Market Research Society (MRS) code of conduct (2014) and all research processes comply with the DPA (1998).

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