Home automation, what a vulgar word!!
I’m not going to use the definitions from wikipedia or otherwise you’ve probably already read them!!
But the fact remains that I am often asked the question, “you work in the field of home automation, but in reality what is the point?
Then I’ll try to answer you:
Home automation includes everything that is automatic, electrical in the house. We are talking about accessories such as gate drives, shutters, intercom, alarms… But it is more than it.
People often say to me “anyway, home automation is expensive and useless”, “home automation is a gadget…” Then I would answer yes and no. It is expensive if you take equipment not adapted to your needs. In this case you will not make your investment profitable or in the very long term. Gadget? Yes we find a lot of gadgets, but if we do the sorting we find really useful or even essential accessories.
In recent years home automation has undergone a great revolution:
-Wireless switchover has become more and more stable and complete
-More users resulting in lower tariffs
-Simplicity of installation. Do it yourself. With of course always the after sale service which will advise you and especially possibility of installation by our care.
-The creation of alliance of Manufacturer: Which makes it possible to standardize the protocols of communications and especially to widen the number of peripherals and especially to make your material permanently produced, that is to say that it will always be compatible.
What is the use of home automation?
If you are well advised, that you do not go there heads down, the domotics is profitable.
Personally, I am in a rented house with a gas boiler for heating and hot water. ARRF DU GAZ!! With these rates to straighten arm hair and melt the bank account. Quickly a solution because January 2012 the invoice amounts to 90€/month.
Installation of a Zibase and an actuator for the boiler + temperature measurement. Cost of the operation: 479€.
Result: despite the increase in the price of gas in the meantime, today our bill is 40€/month. Savings 50€/month. That is in one year 50*12=600€ Ouah!!! I made the equipment profitable in less than a year and I also have a history of temperature measurements and boiler consumption. While use is not optimized.
The home automation can be used to make you make savings still differently, by managing the lighting for example, led bulb or low consumption, module behind a switch and hop. Your switch always works the same except in addition you have the variation of light and the possibility to turn it off automatically in case of absence in a room.
Home automation is not only a central or box home automation to manage your habitat. It’s also small accessories like lightning arrester sockets that will protect your multimedia, but above all will recognize the press of the standby button on your long range radio control system in order to cut the power to all your multimedia. No more TVs and appliances that stay in standby.
Another point is safety. By March 2015 smoke detectors will be mandatory. Of course there are large area sensors. But why not take it a step further by connecting it to a home automation system.
That’s right!! If you are absent, on vacation, at work or other and your smoke detector goes off, it may be good to receive an alert, especially if you have children who are alone at home. Why not also automatically open the shutters and turn on the lights to facilitate evacuation… Or even have an alert in case of low battery. (Yes the batteries are always empty on Sundays…….).
I hope that I have managed to clarify some points to best define what home automation is.
To conclude, I will say that big budget home automation is great but we can quickly fall into excessive gadgets. To use correctly, even at low budget one can make profitable the material of domotics in a few months. And why not with the money saved, increase comfort with accessories such as gate drives, shutters, multimedia etc….