How to plan your own Smart Home?
Do you associate turning your house into a Smart Home with open walls, disturbing construction noise, and chaos that lasts for months? Today, there is no need for that anymore. The systems are more flexible, the possibilities virtually endless, and the result simply astonishing – especially when you take several aspects into account during the planning phase:
1.1. Define your goal: What should your Smart Home be able to do?First things first: What do you wish your intelligent house to do? To be more precise: What would you like to automate and control remotely? From your heating, outdoor lighting, all the way to household appliances and home entertainment systems – you can practically connect and customize everything in a Smart Home. First and foremost, you should take the time to define your vision. In our article “What are Smart Homes and why is everyone talking about them?“, you can find out more on Smart Homes and their benefits.
2.2. What’s the status quo?Are you planning your Smart Home for a new or old building? And, do you rent or own a house?
These questions play a crucial role for the implementation. In case of a new build, you can take into account the basic wiring necessary for a Smart Home system in advance, as well as prepare additional control cabling (the so-called BUS cable) in parallel to the regular electricity network. In contrast, for inhabitants of older or rental properties, wireless systems make most sense, because these do not require cabling and therefore also no construction work.
3. Which system do you need?So, depending on the conditions there are two technical possibilities for implementation: For a new build, a KNX installation is possible, which requires that, in addition to the electricity network, control cabling is embedded in the walls. KNX systems make it possible to set up an extensive network that connects the entire household technology. This leads to an exceptional economic and comfortable overall system. However, wireless systems like Gira eNet are becoming increasingly comparable to KNX systems in terms of their performance. With these systems, the commands are transported wirelessly. The greatest advantage here is the high flexibility which makes retrofitting existing homes with smart building technology a lot easier.
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4. Start small with a starter package
For an easy start, producers often provide modular starter packages, usually focused on specific areas such as lighting, audio, and door systems. These starter kits are usually wireless and can be gradually extended. The only prerequisite is that all appliances to be integrated are compatible. In case of BUS systems running via cable, also addition functions can be added through the KNX standard.
5. Expert installationNowadays, you can install many wireless starter-sets yourself using the instruction manual, however, this is not always recommendable. All work done regarding electric installations should, in the interest of safety, always be done by an electrician. The necessary measures for data and privacy can be ensured by a qualified system integrator. This expert can install everything – network, firewalls, and encryptions – according to the needed security standards. Such a specialist is also required for the installation of a KNX system.
6. What does a Smart Home cost?
The costs of a Smart Home project depend on the building’s properties as well as your individual preferences. You should not try to save costs on professional advice, planning, and installation, because these ensure a secure and comfortable end-result. It is best to request a cost estimate for your Smart Home beforehand.
7. Plan for tomorrowIt would be annoying if your most important supplier disappears from the market just as you completed your Smart Home. Do not get too creative with the choice of your supplier and rely on a well-established partner that offers future-oriented solutions today to the questions of tomorrow.
Are you ready to live intelligently? Do you have any additional tips for planning a Smart Home? Then share them with us!