Nero Yasokumar, technical manager at Somfy, CGAD, Somfy, examines the growing trend of AI use in smart homes and the benefits builders and end users can experience by leveraging AI in residential spaces.

The popularity of smart homes is no longer a distant future; it's a thriving reality. The trend has caught on with millennials, with 47% in the US population1 already immersed in the transformative experience of smart home products. It isn’t surprising that the smart home market is set to grow at a rate of 27.07% between 2023 and 20302. At the heart of this rapid growth lies artificial intelligence, which is enabling more accessible, sustainable, and comfortable living experiences.

The use of AI in building, design, and production has resulted in a profound transformation of residential areas, bringing with it a greater level of intelligence, adaptability, and comfort to every corner of the home. From an industry standpoint, building manufacturers can gain a competitive edge by embracing AI technologies, which hold a market share currently estimated at $44.89 billion3. Establishing partnerships to build integrated technologies can help builders meet customer demands and stay competitive in the changing market. Below, we explore the biggest benefits of integrating AI technology into smart homes.

Behavioral adaptation

Imagine a home that learns and adapts to the residents’ behaviors and, over time, improves their living conditions. Apps like Josh.ai can make proactive real-time adjustments based on external weather conditions or temperature. AI gathers data to determine whether a room is too hot, too bright, or not bright enough, and adjusts the thermostat or window shades accordingly, all without the resident having to lift a finger.

Energy efficiency

Building energy management systems (BEMS) powered by AI4 can enhance energy efficiency and reduce energy costs while giving residents a personalized living experience. With AI technology, builders and homeowners can identify peak energy times and automate the smart home to adjust window shade settings, optimize for heat, cool the environment, and conserve power. Generative AI also offers intelligence assistance to residents who can use voice or text to ask for energy-saving tips for their smart home.

Accessible living

Contextual AI and voice controls make residential living easier for occupants from all communities. For example, companies such as Josh.ai are seeing their AI technology adopted by older residents and within the health tech community. Instead of needing to learn how to operate new devices, older residents can use conversational AI to control their homes, significantly increasing independence for the aging-in-place community. For individuals with disabilities, voice control of smart homes can improve their quality of life by assisting those with visual impairments or mobility issues.

AI and integration opportunities

New technologies, like the open-source protocol Matter and Josh.ai’s Nimble DevSuite, are enabling even more integration opportunities that allow faster onboarding of smart devices from multiple manufacturers. A unified IoT ecosystem, coupled with the adaptability and learning capabilities of AI, is poised to create a future where residents can enjoy a more accessible and comfortable standard of living in highly intelligent smart homes.

References:

1. 13 Smart Home Statistics in the US (2024 Update) | House Grail

2. Smart Home Market Size, Share And Trends Report, 2030

3. Generative AI - Worldwide | Statista Market Forecast

4. Universal workflow of artificial intelligence for energy saving - ScienceDirect