Smart Homes: The world at our reach
Domotics aren’t cheap, but they don’t have to be as expensive as we think they are. Their price will always depend on many variables, from the size to the kind of living space where they’re supposed to be installed and what kind of automation functionalities we want from the system.
Heating controlled by smartphones, robots that clean when you are not in the house, a video doorman that detects movement signals, that’s domotics: a set of systems based on new technologies that are applied at home.
Domotics are no longer a science fiction concept, the number of homes that have integrated these smart systems to engage their security, power saving, communications, cleaning and wellness grows larger every day. But is it possible to introduce these elements into our houses without having to sell a kidney to pay for it?
Well, although domotics aren’t cheap, they’re not really as expensive as one may think. Depending on several variables, the price will fluctuate. The prices are often dictated by the size of your home, by what kind of property you live in and by what exactly it is that you want to automate.
Domotizing your home can cost around $1.800 depending on your specific needs but of course, there are solutions that allow you to get similar results without making it necessary for you to spend that much money. One of the strategies that work the most for people who want to save money is to slowly introduce all the changes they want to make to their homes, starting with what they consider more urgent, and moving on to the rest of it step by step and coin by coin. Planning the domotization of your home as a long term project will not only save you lots of stress but it will also have less of a dramatic impact on your finances.
On the other hand, once you’ve incorporated these systems to your home, the positive impact they will have on the way you live and on your economy, is totally worth the initial investment. The power saving, and the smart systems in heating and illumination amongst many others, for example, represent between 15 and 30 percent of savings in your power bill. Even if it seems steep at the beginning, in about 4 years you can recover the amount invested and continue to save on utilities. Here are some examples of how domotics can make your life easier.
Cleaning the house may be an annoying aspect for many people. If you don’t have the time to clean or the budget to hire a maintenance staff a good option is to acquire a smart vacuum robot, this home appliances can be controlled through smartphone apps and they can even be turn on whilst you’re outside the house.
Applied domotics in heating is one of the most profitable investments in the home. Today, there are thermostats that work with geo location and can be controlled by smartphone apps, between other aspects, this systems can detect the owner’s location by GPS and adjust the temperature according to the distance they’re from the hom.
Lights and Security
The new technologies also have multiple applications in the lighting field, motion triggered lights, adjustment of the light magnitude according to the owner’s personal taste, remote on and off switch, even the light’s colour can change by automation. For example, our Lutron HomeWorks QS offer an unparalleled total home control because it was designed for exclusive homes, seamlessly integrates the control of electric lights and daylight, as well as integrates with audio/visual, security, and HVAC systems.
But one of the aspects of domotics causing more interest is the one related to security, given that the video surveillance and security systems can detect movement around the house.