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Smart Appliances and Smart Homes

01/28/2018 03:30PM ● By Digital Media Director

By: Tom Johnson, Karls TV and Appliance

 “Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.” – Daniel J. Boorstin

This is the key to making your appliances work for you in your home. By educating yourself about your appliances, you’ll be able to use them more efficiently for your family, ultimately making the most of the time you have with your family.

Growth in smart appliances and automation and security are all starting to tie together. In a recent report from Future Source Consulting, they identified the single biggest challenge when it comes to smart appliances and automation is consumer confusion.

The global study which included more than 4,000 people, indicates that most people (94%) say they would replace a current smart appliance with another. Why? The reasons come down to the functionality. Today’s consumers aren’t so quick to give that up. However, they are still challenged to understand the definition of what a smart appliance is. A smart appliance is still not well defined, as nearly a quarter of those in the survey identify an appliance as their smart phone or smart TV.

For our purposes we’re looking at the standard home appliances which include, a refrigerator, range, microwave and dishwasher plus the washer and the dryer. Yes there are also TV’s, Google Home and those high tech video camera doorbells. Why so many high tech home gadgets? The more you start to learn, the more you’ll realize all these items can work together to make your life more convenient.

The key to all of this is to be able to understand it. As a well-rounded consumer you need to know and trust your source for these items. Where are you buying these items? What help are you getting after you make your purhase? Are the sales associates well trained on what they’re selling so they can show you how these products work? It’s also a good idea to make sure your provider has delivery and installation people who know how these items work and can show you (educate you) because if you don’t know how, or why, you will not be getting the benefit of your purchase.

Allow your smart appliance to bring the extra benefits they offer. Look how to build a smart home system that integrates all aspects of all appliances and electronic devices in your world you’ll be glad you did. In the end it can and will ultimately save you time and money.