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Home automation: how to transform your home into a 'Smart Home'

The concept of home automation is becoming more and more central in people's daily lives. Making your home smarter and more autonomous is a popular choice. On the other hand, the benefits deriving from the application of new technologies inside a home are many. Later we will try to understand specifically what home automation is, what its advantages are and, above all, what are the steps to make your home smarter.

What is home automation and what are the advantages?

The term home automation refers to the set of technological devices used inside a house in order to increase the level of comfort and efficiency. This is a concept that has spread especially in recent years, in parallel with the development of smart technologies.

The spread of this phenomenon is justified by the many advantages it is able to provide. Indeed, through the integration between the various systems and installations of a home it is possible to make daily life much easier by remotely controlling lighting, heating, appliances, garden irrigation, opening and closing doors and even security and alarm systems.

However, many people choose home automation for an economic question: a smart and efficient home also involves lower costs in the bill, as the waste of energy is significantly reduced. All of this clearly has a positive impact on the environment as well.

Among the best known tools in this area are the smart speaker, now present in all homes. However, there are many other devices that can be very useful. Let's see some examples together.

Smart irrigation

The smart system allows you to remotely control the garden irrigation control units via your smartphone. By doing so, it will be possible not only to make this activity more practical, but it will also be possible optimize water consumption and avoid waste. In fact, the system allows you to set the activation and deactivation of the irrigation system only at certain times of the day. It must be said, however, that, among the smart tools, the one relating to irrigation is probably the least used and known.

Smart motorized shutters

Among the elements of a home that are part of home automation there are also motorized shutters. These are very useful tools that can be lowered very easily through the application installed on your smartphone. Furthermore, it is also possible to activate the automatic function, which allows you to close or open the shutters based on the time and amount of light present outside.

Smart tools for security

The origins of the home automation concept are closely linked to the security field. In fact, at the beginning of this phenomenon there was a tendency to mainly use devices capable of controlling one's home and protecting it from malicious people. Just think for example of video surveillance systems or all videocytophony.

However, with the passage of time these tools have become increasingly sophisticated and allow access to many other functions. For example, today it is possible to control the interior of your home even thousands of km away from it, through your smartphone. Furthermore, in recent years the smart lock, which in case of intrusion send an alarm.

Lighting

Through home automation technology it is possible to control any type of light inside your home. In particular, you can not only turn them on and off, but also adjust the intensity and color.

How to transform a normal system into home automation

To make your home smart it is necessary to transform your electrical system, in order to make it capable of controlling the technological devices we mentioned earlier. But how is this operation done? First of all, the intervention of a specialized technician is required, who must carry out an analysis of the system both to understand how to transform the system and to draw up a quote.

After that, you have to start with the replacement work, starting from the unthreading and replacement of the cables. At this stage, the technician must check if there is corrugated pipe, and then proceed with the unthreading of the cables and their replacement with the bus cable, which allows you to connect the control unit and the devices. At this point, we generally proceed with the masonry work to allow the creation of the traces, which are used to pass the bus cables. Now, you can continue with the installation of the smart devices and connect them to the control unit and the application. The process is over, but before starting to enjoy your smart home, you must have a certification issued by the technician certifying the compliance of the system with the requirements imposed by law.

Francesco Riccio

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