How to turn your home into a smart home

Control the toaster with the cell phone, turn the lights on or off, lower the curtains, turn on the heating, turn on the oven … All via bluetooth or the Internet, from anywhere. Smart home devices technology gets fully into home appliances to make life easier and accommodate domestic chores to our needs. Peek into the world of smart home, a trend that is here to stay and that is already a reality in the world.

To automate some domestic processes or tasks we only have to include some devices to the daily operation of the house. We tell you what technologies you can acquire to add intelligence to your home and live better.

What is home automation

Domotics is the conjunction of the word domus or house, in Latin, and robotics. It is a set of techniques aimed at automating a home, which integrate technology into security systems, energy management, communications and issues related to home welfare and security.

It works by collecting information from sensors or inputs, processing it and issuing orders to actuators or outputs, in this case, the appliances or devices that we want to automate.

Argentine home automation has advanced a lot in recent times and today we have an interesting offer of solutions and products for homes and offices. More and more devices and applications offer multiple functionalities for less money than in the past. In addition, thanks to technological evolution, they are easier to use and install.

How to have a home automation

Letting technology take care of certain tasks can help us save energy and time, while benefiting us with greater safety and comfort. The key is to start taking into account the “smart” factor in the technologies that we add to the house. That is, they can connect to the internet or interact with other devices via bluetooth.

Tips for having a smart home

Before you start buying artifacts, it is important to consider issues related to compatibility and connection issues. Some advices:

  • Planning and long term: if we are about to build or remodel, we can include in the budget the domotization of the home. Although the cost of building is more expensive, this initial investment is amortized in less than 10 years and saves energy by 20 percent. In addition, it adds value to the property in case of sale.
  • Progressive adaptation: the process can be done in a phased manner. For example, you can start with the hub or central control and a set of adapters and then move on. The good thing is that most systems are designed to add modules progressively: you can start with lights and blinds and then buy compatible appliances one by one.
  • Compatibility: it is good to think strategically which systems we will use to connect our appliances to each other. Apple, Google and Samsung offer different practical alternatives of good quality that are usually compatible with all smart devices on the market.
  •  Connection: one of the biggest problems when carrying out home technology is the wireless network. In most cases, old homes have poor reception and some adjustments are necessary before installing the home automation system.