Brits’ ideal future home comes with tinting windows and heating systems that recognise body temperature


THE nation’s ideal future home includes windows that tint automatically in the sun and a heating system which recognises body temperature.

A study of 2,000 adults revealed what people want in their homes in years to come, with 44% demanding more integrated technology.

The nation’s ideal future home includes windows that tint in the sun and a heating system which recognises body temperature, according to research

Many would like to own fingerprint scanning door locks, blinds or curtains which open and close based on the time of the day and a heating system that sends reports on how energy efficient occupants are being.

It also emerged that almost half think it’s important to keep up with the latest smart tech while 39% believe it’s vital to invest in it now so that their homes are “future proof”.

Natalie Wathan, product manager for Drayton, which commissioned the study, said: “It’s interesting to see what appliances people want included in their future home and how most people feel embracing technology is vital.

“While there are already systems out there, such as the Wiser heating system which allows room-to-room control of the heating, technology will continue to evolve and provide us with more benefits for our day-to-day life.”

You can check out what Brits would like in their future homes by clicking on the interactive image below.

The study also found people realistically think fingerprint scanning doors will be available in five years, followed by heating systems that recognise body temperature in seven years.

And within six years, they believe there will be a TV that can tell who is watching and select suitable programs for them.

The main driving forces behind investing in technology were found to include cost-savings (49%), security and safety (42%) and convenience (34%).

But 83% admitted sustainability is also important to them.

In the past five years, households have typically bought three smart tech devices, costing an average of £1,345 in total.

And this is expected to go up to £1,625 in the next five years when a further four products will be purchased.

More than a quarter of homes already have a smart speaker, while a tenth own a smart doorbell and 13% have thermostats controlled via an app.

In day-to-day life people think smart tech could help with energy usage (47%), home comfort (46%) and personalising the home to suit their needs (33%).

This has become a bigger need in 2020, with a third admitting that spending more time in their home has made them think about investing in more technology.

Similarly, half of those polled via OnePoll said the past six months of working from home has made them think about how to improve their abode.

Aspects which would improve their office include having better lighting (27%), a dedicated workspace (47%) and being able to control the heating of each room (29%).

Natalie added: “2020 has certainly changed the way we used the home and for many of us more time at home can come with the risk of increased heating and electricity bills.

“Investing in smart technology and developing a tailored approach to how we use each room, i.e. only heating the rooms we are in or having lights on when they are needed, can help reduce energy use and ultimately achieve cost savings.

“As the trend for working from home shows no signs of slowing down, I think more people will invest in smart appliances.

“At Drayton we will continue to ensure we are developing products which make life easier, more comfortable and help homeowners save money a be more sustainable.”

From tinted windows to flood-proof floor – we explain how the move to net zero will shape homes of the 2030s.

Did you miss our previous article…