If you’ve logged onto the internet the last few years and felt as though a new home automation tool was in your feed by the day, you were right. According to a recent report, the global home automation market that was valued at around 5 billion USD in 2014 is now expected to reach 21 billion USD by 2020. This is a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of nearly 25% between 2015 and 2020.

Though home automation has taken over many of our lives, many homeowners may not be aware that common home tools were early forms of automation. Devices like clothes and dishwashers, garage doors, and microwaves are each early forms of automation.

In recent years, home automation has progressed with the acceleration of smart technology. Smartphones, tablet, and other internet powered devices have become integral parts of our lives.

Through the collaboration of smart tech and home automation, users are not only able to make their lives more convenient and efficient, but these devices have practical uses, like helping users to save money on energy and home-cooling. And let us not forget the most important use of home automation, to secure one’s home through home security equipment.

North America Dominates the Market

According to the report, the home automation market is dominated by North America. In 2014, shares in the United States were at 40%. Asia Pacific and Europe followed behind the US. Demands for home automation tools are increasing in Germany, France, and the UK, so it’s only a matter of time until the amount of systems increase in Europe.

Why such a rise in these technologies? Alongside the practical benefits mentioned above—to save money and make life more efficient—these forms of tech are profoundly useful for parents, older adults, and people with disabilities.

As we’ve covered before, people with disabilities are aided by home automation technology because these devices allow them to maintain independence in their home and communicate with family members. This also occurs with older adults in the home who maintain their ability to move freely and can trust on life alert devices to alert family members of any emergencies. Parents can keep an eye on their kids using home security tech, and even communicate and secure locations in the home that should be off limits. Parents may even find a few other uses.

Home Security is Still the Priority

Though some of the key appliances of a home security system are lights, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning), appliances ranging from thermostats to crock-pots, and other tools in the home, the focus of home automation should always remain to secure a home. This happens via security networks and protocols that communicate with each other by connecting to a smart hub. Common communication channels are WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, Z-Wave, and IFTTT technology.

Home automation allows home security systems to stream live video feeds, record video footage, and enable multiple devices to sense movement, lock the home, and enable further protection with smoke, carbon monoxide, and other detectors. When choosing a home security tool, it’s important to choose one that is monitored.

Many users opt for DIY (do-it-yourself) security equipment without realizing that these tools are unmonitored. If an incident were to happen, law enforcement and emergency personnel would not respond to the home. It’s up to users to inform responders once they receive push alert notifications. At Protect America, we pioneered DIY home security, so our customers get the best of both worlds—monitored and DIY.

Interested in getting started with a home automated security system? Talk to one of our security experts today.