Smart home technology is becoming more and more pervasive. According to Statista, the global smart home market is expected to reach a value of $53billion+ by 2022. Whether you’ve jumped on the smart home train yet or not, you’ll be sure to see a rise in smart home technology in the next few years, so don’t fall behind the curve!   Here are three smart home trends you need to know about right now:  

1. Voice control 

Voice control first took off among homeowners as a means of entertainment; people like to use it to listen to their favorite playlists or to get information about the latest weather or news. But now, more and more people are learning to use their favorite smart speaker (like Amazon Echo or Google Assistant) with the rest of their smart home network. In fact, Parks Associates this month announced that more than one in four U.S. broadband households own a smart speaker with a voice assistant.  

When you connect your favorite smart speaker to the rest of your Z-Wave smart home network, you can control your smart home devices (like smart lighting, smart locks, smart thermostats, and more) with just the sound of your voice. Using voice commands to control your smart home network adds an extra level of comfort, convenience, and security to your home—and more and more homeowners are catching on.  

Want to learn how to add a smart speaker to your Z-Wave network yet? Get started with our smart guide.  

2. Smart home tech for aging in place 

As smart homes continue to rise in popularity, it’s not just the millennial generation that’s taking part. In fact, smart home technology is experiencing rapid acceleration in the now aging baby boomer generation. HomeAdvisor's Aging in Place Report states: “By 2035, one in five people will be over 65 years old. And an overwhelming majority—90 percent…plan to remain in their homes as they age.”  

Smart home technology will play a key role in helping baby boomers age in place, as it enables them to live more independently and allows caretakers to keep a close eye on them from afar. For example, smart locks can automatically lock themselves at the end of the day, to compensate for forgetfulness; smart lighting can turn on and off in response to a smart motion sensor, so excess electricity is never wasted; smart cameras can provide improved security, so elderly homeowners can feel safe alone at home.  

Smart home technology will also help the baby boomer generation’s families or caretakers to keep an eye on their loved ones as they age at home. Smart smoke detectors, for example, can send a push notification to family or caretakers in the event of an emergency, so they can respond immediately to help their loved one. 

3. Smart home security 

Perhaps most profound and important for the average homeowner is the rise of smart home security devices. Never before has home security been so attainable and so affordable for the average homeowner, as smart home technology empowers users to reliably safeguard their homes without incurring the cost or unwieldiness of a complex, professionally installed system. 

Instead, homeowners can independently outfit their homes with smart lockssmart camerassmart sensors. These devices, when equipped with Z-Wave technology, give homeowners the power to verify that their home is locked and secure, to check in on what’s going on at home even when they’re not there, and to receive immediate notifications on their smartphones in the event of unexpected activity.  

To learn how to set up your own smart security system with Z-Wave technology, read more here.  

Smart home technology continues to expand into more households, offering homeowners improved convenience, security, and comfort in their daily routine.  

Be a part of the growing trend! Learn more ways to add smart home technology to your house on the Z-Wave.com blog.