It is always fascinating to see in a science fiction movie how lights, appliances, garage doors, blinds and curtains of an apartment or house are controlled with one or several buttons, or from a cell phone application. But more impressive than watching it in the cinema or television, is to be able to do it in real life.
Architects, scientists, builders, and every person who work in an area of research where technology is applied, have begun to make the dreams of having a movie house or office come true, that is, in the form of a smart home or a smart workplace. This set of techniques that aim to automate homes is known as home automation.
The advantages of investing in technology are many. In addition to comfort, you may be reminded of important but forgettable tasks, like turning the lights off, which will surely help you save energy because these systems do not need good memory, only a few buttons. Your smart home will be very accommodating to you, it will receive you with the heating on during the winter days, and with the air conditioning perfectly graduated in the summer.
Experts say that one way to have a smart home or office is by installing a central system that allows remote control of air conditioning, heating, certain appliances, blinds, curtains, the system of security and even irrigation, among many others, through a closed wireless network.
Turning your home or office into a smart space is a simple mission. With just installing a router similar to Wi-Fi internet and a group of adapters, you will feel that you are on the set of Iron Man. And the best thing is that, with this investment, you will increase the efficiency of your office and/or the happiness of your family.
Two of the biggest worldwide companies that have ventured into the world of smart homes and offices are Apple and Samsung. The American brand Apple developed a Home application and its accessories HomeKit abroad, and the size of these products are such that after buying them you can put them in a handbag. Once the equipment is installed, the parts begin to communicate with each other, which increases their power by becoming smarter. On the other hand, the South Korean company Samsung presented the Smart Home to the market, which is a system that makes it possible for electrical appliances and electronic devices to converse with the owner of the house.
In addition to these two large technology companies, there are engineers, architects, and technologists who are independently responsible for designing good quality products to turn an ordinary house into a smart home. This has allowed covering part of the demand that exists in their countries of smart homes and offices at a lower cost.
The name that has been given to this kind of system is Domotics. But what is Domotics? Well, experts call Domotics to the systems that are capable of automating a home or a building of any kind, by providing much needed energy management,welfare, security, and communication services, which can be integrated by outdoor and indoor communication networks, wireless or wired, and whose control can be made with a certain ubiquity, both inside and outside the house.
Despite what most people imagine, Domotics is not only to be used in luxury homes or for people with a very high purchasing power. In reality, there are different types of facilities with a more affordable cost to potential customers with a lower purchase level. Of course, the home automation budget will vary considerably depending on the size of the space where you want to install the systems, as well as the level of sophistication of the equipment you wish to install.
This is why a home automation budget can range between $ 1,900 and $ 2,700 to install standard equipment in a small apartment with two rooms, one kitchen, one living room, and one dining room. There are also options for up to $ 28,000 for the equipment of a luxury apartment with five rooms.
Also, according to different market studies, a classic electrical installation can represent approximately 3% of the total budget for the construction of a new home, while the cost of a home automation installation can vary between 1.5% and 6.8% of that same budget. It shows that the price to incorporate home automation to turn your home into a smart home is not as high as many people might think.