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Renters Report Increased Demand for Smart Home Technology in 2022

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Renters Report Increased Demand for Smart Home Technology in 2022

Easy to use but tricky to install—renters are seeking out innovative home technology systems, but not all landlords are on board

January 21, 2022
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Smart home technology is growing in popularity among renters, but a recent Rent.com survey revealed that nearly half (49 percent) of renters don’t currently have smart technology in their apartment, condo, house, or townhome. The majority of respondents (82 percent) reported a strong interest in smart devices or systems, but because home technology stores personal data, landlords and property owners have been hesitant to install tech units.

The most common smart home technology products owned by Rent.com respondents were voice control systems and smart appliances, followed by the feature renters wanted the most: smart thermostats. 

There are many smart home devices. Smart appliances can brew fresh coffee in the morning or suggest recipes based on what's in the refrigerator. Smart lighting systems sense motion and daylight. Intuitive thermostats maximize energy efficiency and keep renters comfortable while they sleep. There are tech essentials for renters, devices for safety and security, even seasonal gadgets to make Christmas decorating easier and more fun.

A smart home refers to a series of smart devices that work together as a unit. They share data amongst themselves to streamline the home's energy use, monitor the systems and customize the environment according to the residents' preferences. The smart home controls the remote network.

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