What is a smart home?

Smart home is a relatively new phenomenon that began to capture the minds of mass consumers only in the last few years. Usually, we call “smart” houses in which automation is responsible for at least part of the processes, but this concept is much broader. Advanced smart home systems are difficult to install and very expensive, however, each of us can get acquainted with some basic functions.

We will talk about simple solutions that will help make your home more convenient, safer and more comfortable.

System components

To begin with, you need to acquire a central node that unites the system — as a rule, it is called a hub or gateway that manages all other components. It is also very convenient to purchase a gateway along with the “starter kit” of a smart home to get a working system out of the box. Also, it’s good to immediately figure out which protocol your central node uses — this can greatly facilitate the selection of other components. 

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For comfort

Lighting control is the simplest area that can be automated. There are many “starter kits” of smart lighting, including a controller and several wirelessly controlled lights. With their help, you can adjust the color of the lighting to your liking, program the time to turn on and off the lighting, or let the system automatically turn on the light when you are in the room.

Of course, such systems are expanding with success — having bought a “starter kit” first, over time, you can buy more bulbs to it to make a “smart light” throughout the apartment.

Wireless switches compatible with your lighting system will be very convenient, as they can always be installed in the most convenient place, and if desired, moved without any problems.

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Temperature control is a more complex issue. It is understood that your home already has an individually controlled heating system, for example, an electronically controlled heating boiler or, at least, adjustable batteries. If your solution supports network connectivity, then a smart thermostat will be a logical step. This device helps to keep the set temperature in the rooms and is controlled by your smartphone. For example, it is very economical and comfortable to manage the daily cycle of the house temperature — during the day when you are at work, to slightly reduce it, and to increase it in the evening and at night. Naturally, a smart thermostat will do all this for you.

The most advanced solutions support voice-assisted management — Siri or Alexa.

Thus, the management of smart homes is brought to a whole new level. Here it is, the future!

For security

Securing smart devices is a key feature of a smart home. A powerful security system with an Internet connection is able, on the one hand, to control access to the house for its residents, and on the other hand, to restrict this access and protect housing from uninvited guests. It is important that you can receive information about all events that take place at home in your absence — the application on your smartphone will inform you if the penetration sensors have worked, and you can immediately receive a signal from the video camera and see what happened.

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There is also the possibility of remote control of locks — using the application you can open and close the necessary doors or give someone limited access to certain areas of the house.

The smart security system includes a central unit that controls the entire system, motion and penetration sensors, sensors for opening windows and doors, as well as video cameras for remote monitoring of the house and the surrounding area.

To save energy and convenience

Here we just look at what other smart devices can be connected to the system of your smart home and what to do with them.

  • SMART SOCKETS allow you to plan the time for switching on and off the device, calculate the energy consumed by them and remotely control the inclusion.
  • LEAKAGE SENSORS help to determine leakage in pipes of water supply and sewerage. The simplest system simply signals that leaking water has been detected, while the most advanced system can accurately determine the place of leakage and shut off the water completely automatically.
  • UNIVERSAL BUTTONS are simple devices connected via a wireless interface. It’s very convenient, we’ll put such a button in the right place to control several functions of the house at once: for example, the button in the kitchen can turn on the light immediately above the sink, bar, and hood, and the button next to the bathroom can turn on the light, floor heating, ventilation and music in the shower.
  • SMART BLINDS AND SHUTTERS: depending on the implementation of a particular device, they can either simply close the windows, like classic blinds, or perform a security function — lower the roller shutters, which are difficult to crack.
  • SMART LOCKS work as part of larger security systems but can function separately. So, you can connect to the smartphone only the lock on the external door and, if necessary, control it remotely.
  • IP (NETWORK) CAMERAS are usually also installed as part of security systems, but without this, there are many scenarios for their use. This is the observation of pets, children, the elderly or employees doing something in the house in your absence.
  • SMART DOORBELL is a nice addition to the smart home system, which allows, as a rule, not only to ring the doorbell but also to show the owners on the screen of a smartphone or TV who came.