Why Choose Wired Solutions for Home Automation
If using home automation is in the air of time, it remains unknown by many. We explain the principle of home automation and why it can be interesting to equip your home.
– Home automation system: several options
– Choosing the equipment for your home automation system
– Cost of a home automation system
A home automation system allows you to connect and control all the objects that make up your installation. Several home automation objects require a centralization in a home automation system, which will have to include durable and reliable elements, limit the risks of hacking and the possibility of being replaced if your suppliers unfortunately disappear. Depending on your connected home project, you will choose between different technologies for an efficient installation adapted to your needs.
Home automation system: several options
Depending on your environment, you choose the right home automation system, whether it is a new house, a renovation, a rental property or, for example, an area to be medicalized.
You must first identify the elements to be home-automated: closures (shutters, gate, garage door), security, alarm, energy (heating, lighting…), TV and multimedia, etc. Home automation is also suitable for specific equipment such as watering the garden, the pool or optimizing the ventilation system.
The piloting and control of your home automation system, on-site and remotely, is done using remote controls, touch screens, smartphones, tablets, and computers, which are integral to your home automation system.
Choosing the equipment for your home automation system
When the broad lines of your home automation project are defined, you can consider the systems to be preferred for your future home automation installation.
If your house is old, you will prefer wireless solutions that will not require you to dig or demolish to run cables. They generally work via a home automation box, low energy and maintenance-free, connected in wifi or by network cable to your router.
If you’re renovating or building, it is best to use wired solutions. A wired network might be made up of KNX wiring, the world standard for home automation (Konnex). This is a distributed logic automation protocol entirely dedicated to buildings. KNX is an open, expandable, user-oriented system that has become the international standard for home automation (ISO/IEC 14543). More than 200 manufacturers offer KNX-compatible objects that meet the current standards of the connected home. Each controller is independent of the others, thus offering efficiency and autonomy.
The home automation box
The most common choice is a home automation box on the market, but a computer (central unit) is also possible. The intelligence will act from the data sent by your connected house objects to the home automation box via your wifi router. For example, a sensor detects a gas leak or smoke: your box will activate an alarm. No one in the house anymore? The automation controller (the box) will switch off the lights or a new heating position.
Tip: there are home automation boxes with open or closed protocols: we recommend open systems that accept most of the connected objects on the market.
Peripherals: sensors and actuators
Peripheral sensors are easily installed in the most important places of the house to measure the desired elements: consumption, presence detection, light, temperature, smoke, etc. They usually work with batteries and without wires.
The peripherals that act, called actuators, smart plugs or connected plugs, are grafted onto the electricity. They take the form of “micro-modules” installed in switches or sockets, which will control everything connected via these sockets from the inside. They can also take the form of external home automation plugs added to the existing ones, i.e., installed on your current outlets and those of your sensors.
Cost of a home automation system
The price of an installation is not quantifiable globally since it is custom-made, and the cost of the network depends on the housing. The price of a home automation box varies between $100 and $400 approximately. For the sensor devices, the prices are between $20 and $300, and the actuator devices are between $20 and $200.