Domotics (From Latin "Domus" (House) and "Robotics"), or house automation, appeared in the 80s as a separate experiment, with the advent of smartphones at the end of the 2000s, it began to develop rapidly, and today it is far from being as expensive as it used to be. Automatic control of temperature, lighting, water heating and other things is no longer just a dream, and now almost anyone can afford it if they want it. First of all, a smart home will come in handy, of course, for the elderly and disabled, however, others may well need it, both to simplify life and to save money.
Smart houses, in addition to the already mentioned systems for maintaining a comfortable temperature and light automation, can also have the following important functions:
- Installation of an advanced security system
- Automatic opening of entrance doors for family members
- Opening and closing blinds depending on the time of day and the amount of light outside
- Monitor the refrigerator, as well as receive a recommended shopping list
You can easily manage all this using your smartphone or a specialized smart speaker like Amazon Echo or Google Home. For example, after a hot day, nothing prevents you from reducing the air temperature before entering the house.
Cons of house automation
The biggest risk you subscribe yourself to when installing a smart house system is, of course, the danger of being hacked. Hackers can find ways to find out your passwords, so you better take care of security, especially if breach might seriously threaten your safety, like if your front doors or alarm are automated.
Another drawback of the system is its price, not everyone has an extra 1000 dollars, and this is only a cost of a relatively small house, if you have a large two-story house, the work can cost you up to 10000 dollars, and moreover, some systems can often have monthly subscriptions.
And in addition, it is important not to forget that the smart house technology is still new, and therefore there is still almost no standardization of technologies, and thus, many systems are incompatible with each other.
What are the possibilities?
Despite all these disadvantages, home automation is nevertheless very versatile, we have already briefly mentioned some of its functions, but let's talk about them in more detail.
Light control allows you to save energy costs by leaving the light on only at night, and also, if there is a motion sensor, the light can be turned on only when there is someone in the room, moreover, you can also control how bright the light will be, what color will it have, and so on.
Automatic temperature control gives you the ability to reduce the temperature before bedtime to make your sleep more comfortable, as well as reduce heating or turn off the air conditioner when no one is at home to reduce your electricity bills.
You can increase the security of your house with alarm, the ability to remotely open and close the front door, and other useful functions, but do not forget about the danger of cyber attacks.
In the bathroom, you can make the floor heating upon entering it, control the comfortable water temperature, and much more that will make your time in the bathroom as comfortable as possible.
Making a house smart
While you can certainly make an automation system yourself, with the exception of simple systems such as smart speakers, or the simplest automation of lighting, it is better to trust the professionals who specialize in this. We recommend that you carefully examine all possible options before deciding to find a company that will make you a turnkey "Smart Home" as cheaply and efficiently as possible. You can also find on our website examples of prefab houses with a built-in House Automation system, such as Flex House.