Home Technology Trends to Expect in 2022
Each year technology continues to amaze us, and we see new products introduced and improvements to the ones already in use. After COVID 19 forced us into spending more time at home, people are more interested than ever before in making changes to their homes to make it more comfortable and efficient. The last few years have seen home renewable technologies become more mainstream, as well as the use of security cameras such as the “ring” and amazons echo becoming a common home appliance. But what can we expect this year? Keep reading this post to learn about the new or improved technology you could invest in for your home in 2022.
We expect to see upgrades on home lighting in 2022, while we already have smart lighting that comes on when spaces are occupied from motion sensors, we may see more innovations in energy saving lighting. We may see lighting systems that adjust lighting intensity based on the levels of light in rooms. For example, when the TV comes on, or the sun shines through the window, the lights will automatically dim and as a result save energy, and money.
Electric and Self-Driving Cars
Tesla have been promising self-driving cars since 2014, but it has been said that the fully self-driving technology will hit the US roads in 2022. Are we ready for driverless cars?
As we know, the UK Government will have a ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030, and electric vehicles will be the replacement. While 2030 seems far away, many of us already have, and will soon, make the switch to electric driving before it is made a legal requirement. Each year the models of car get quieter, cleaner, more efficient and the prices decrease, and 2022 will be no different. You would be sensible to get prepared and install an EV charger to your home before the demand soars and prices increase.
Solar PV and Battery
For years people have been taking advantage of solar panels to generate energy to power their home and save money and reduce their carbon footprint. The technology is always improving, and the newest advances mean you could be saving up to 70% on electricity bills in Scotland, and possibly more with the use of a storage battery. A storage battery will convert any unused energy generated from daylight into AC power and store it, ready for use whenever you need it. This means your solar panels can charge the battery during the day when energy consumption may not be as high (if the homeowner works out of the house for example) and save it for when the energy is needed. This technology can allow a home to be energy independent – and not rely on the unpredictable national grid for electricity and avoid increasing energy prices. There is no better time to get involved in this, as electricity prices are high and demand for energy saving technology is growing. Even better, you can now get an EV charger installed for free with a solar panel installation for a limited time, so you will be prepared for the switch to electric vehicles. When the time comes, you could be charging your car with free energy generating from your solar panels.
Industries around the globe have seen the introduction of robotics for different purposes, but could 2022 see robots entering our homes? We have already seen robotic vacuum cleaners, but we may be set to meet the first general purpose home robot on the market from Amazon with the “Astra”. The Astra will act as a moving security bot with sensors to detect people who shouldn’t be there as well as having an inbuilt “Alexa” which we are already familiar with, but on wheels. This means Alexa will come and find you when you have calls or alerts, as well as having a personality to keep you entertained. While they might not be ready to hit the market, other robots that may appear as prototypes in 2022 will be able to help with household chores and health care monitoring for the elderly or to serve an educational purpose.
Air Source Heat Pumps
An air source heat pump is a renewable heating product used as an alternative way to heat the home and hot water. They have been in use for many years, however since their invention in 1856, the technology has massively evolved and improved. The system works by transferring existing heat energy from the air, into the home to heat the radiators or underfloor heating and hot water. Heat pumps are efficient and cheap to run, as they deliver more heat energy than the electrical energy they use and improvements on the technology have made them quieter and more effective than ever before. With net-zero carbon goals set by the UK Government and non-means tested incentives made available of up to £13,900, 2022 will see air source heat pumps increase in popularity as people upgrade their heating to save on bills, improve energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint.
Air source heat pumps alone will mostly benefit people switching from oil, LPG, or traditional electric storage heaters, but for people on mains gas supply looking to get involved to save money and reduce their carbon footprint, the hybrid system is now an option. The technology integrates both heating systems, using smart programming to automatically determine the most energy efficient one to use based on energy prices, temperatures, and indoor heat capacity. By making the most out of both technologies, a Hybrid Air Source Heating system can help save up to 35% more energy than the traditional boiler could alone. Even better, there is currently funding to cover 75% of the cost to install this system and the rest can be paid with an interest free loan.