Smart home for houses: easier living with home automation
Make your house into a smart home and open up a world of possibilities to make your everyday life easier. How? By connecting various smart home devices. Here, too, you can start small and expand as desired.
Adapt your home to your needs and take full control of your house and grounds. Today, smart home concepts can be implemented everywhere. But you have the most flexibility when implementing it in your own house. There are numerous options for connecting individual smart home devices. This is where you can experiment to your heart’s content.
For example, you can intelligently control lawn and garden devices, the photovoltaic (PV) system, the heating system, lighting, the entertainment system, door locks, windows, and much more. Make your life even more efficient with smart automation. Take full advantage of the collaboration between these different types of devices. In a smart home, all options are open to you. Your wishes can be coordinated particularly well in the case of new construction, as the entire building can be planned with a smart living solution from the very beginning.
The ideal situation for connected homes is a new smart home construction. Many smart home fans dream of this option. After all, it’s here that you can bring all the ideas for home automation into the construction planning. This means you can realize your own ultimate living set-up and get the perfect home automation at the same time.
But there are challenges, of course. You have to make even more decisions when building a new smart home than you do when building a normal home, and it can get really expensive. If you’re considering a wired smart home solution, you shouldn’t underestimate these issues. It’s no longer just about tiles in the bathroom or the type of heating, but also about conduits, bus systems, wiring, and actuators. Without electricians and other professionals, wired solutions simply won’t work.
Lucky for you, then, that there are other options for a smart home these days. You can safely say goodbye to the expensive profile solutions that used to lead the way in comprehensive home automation. Thanks to versatile wireless smart home solutions, intelligent devices from a wide range of manufacturers can be easily combined to form a smart home system.
In short, you no longer need to be a technology expert to run an efficient smart home. Still, it’s worth taking a look at the details.
So, you’ve decided to convert your entire house into a smart home. At this point, you basically have two options for control of your smart home. One option is a so-called wired system. The other is a wireless solution.
In the case of wired smart home conversions, you need to hire an electrician or other experts. It’s best to carry out the smart home conversion, including home automation, with a construction partner who has gained experience before. Even if you already have experience with smart home devices, some things can be tricky, and you want everything to work perfectly when all is said and done.
The same principles that apply to building any new house also apply to building your smart home house. If you accept a full-service offer, you don’t have to do much yourself, but you pay a correspondingly high price. With wired systems in particular, you should keep an eye on your budget.
A simpler, more cost-effective alternative is a smart home wireless system. Individual smart home devices from one or more manufacturers – from voice assistants to smart thermostats to smart interior and exterior lighting – communicate with each other via Wi-Fi. This means that you can control smart home features via your smartphone or tablet simply and easily. The connection of one or more smart devices via a smart home app enables versatile and flexible use of these devices. Upgrading is no problem either, as there is no need to remove and install new wiring. Attach, connect, done. By the same token, your smart home devices can be removed just as quickly, for example if you end up moving.
Whether you choose a wired or wireless option – the goal of a smart home is to support you in your everyday life and provide maximum comfort and convenience. Since there is always something to do in a house, smart solutions offer many ways to automate (and thus eliminate) time-consuming chores around the house or in the yard. Smart home automation makes this possible.
For example, with a quick automation set–up, you can send your robotic mower to trim your lawn with just one click via your smart home app. Meanwhile, the smart irrigation system automatically provides just the right amount of water to your vegetable garden. And if you want to make sure everything is working exactly as it should, you can check on things at home while you’re out and about. A live feed from your outdoor camera, displayed on your smartphone, makes this possible.
Alternatively, when you leave the house, the smart lock on the front door activates, all the lights go out, the connected roller blinds descend, and the heating or cooling function of the under-floor heating system switches to energy-saving mode. As you can see, there are endless possibilities for you in a smart home. The important thing is that you save time and effort and always have full control.
Save money and energy
A major advantage of turning your house into a smart home is energy efficiency. Ideally, you can save energy and money by using your household appliances in a more targeted – and thus more effective – way. On top of that, you protect the environment without sacrificing comfort. Sounds almost too good to be true? Not really, because a smart heating system works automatically, according to your habits and wishes. When no one is home, for example, the living room doesn’t have to be a cozy 22°C. But that’s a perfect temperature for your living room when you arrive home from work on a cold winter day.
Connection becomes intelligent when heating and various other components of the house work together, such as the heating system and the door and window contacts. Intelligent control via sensors detects when the windows are open. A signal then shuts off the radiators or the under-floor heating. The heating only starts up once the windows are closed again.
Home automation systems make your life easier, because they make it possible for many things around the house to run automatically. This also applies to smart security systems. Such systems quickly send an alert to your smartphone in an emergency. After all, your house and yard should always be adequately secured.
Besides outdoor and indoor cameras, motion detectors, and door and window contacts, intelligent lighting control also offer additional protection. If you are away from home for an extended period of time – such as when on vacation with your family – you may want to use presence simulation for security reasons. This means that you set up various lights in your house to switch on automatically, to make it appear that someone is at home. It’s a proven method for deterring burglars. In addition to automation, there is of course also the possibility of direct control via light switches and buttons, and also via your smartphone.
Again, remember that in the smart home, you have a variety of options. A good strategy for smart home beginners is to avoid spreading the operation of smart home devices over too many apps. If smart plugs are controlled with app A, lighting with app B, and the heating with app C, it’s easy to lose track of everything. That’s why a central app that brings together all the most important smart home components is priceless. This is exactly where the new Home Connect Plus app, for example, offers a simple and efficient solution.
Not everyone builds a new house to live in. That means that wired home automation from the ground up is not an option for everyone. But smart home solutions can also be effectively retrofitted in existing houses. In a house, all the possibilities of the smart home world are open to you.
As a first step, you should think about which area of your life you would like to equip with smart devices first. Just pick the devices you like. User-friendly apps, such as Home Connect Plus, have recently become available. Such apps ensure that you get the most out of your personal smart home, thanks to customizable scenarios.
A good approach, for example, would be to test the energy efficiency in your home. To do this, check the possibilities with the existing components – heating system, radiators, possibly also under-floor heating. The goal here is to make the existing heating elements smart. You can also test other smart home projects, such as smart lighting control or smart security.