Smart home with your own hands
Smart home – there’s been a lot of talk about it lately, but what does it really mean? How to make a house technologically smart with your own hands and what can you get in this way? We are equipping our homes with more and more modern devices for life and comfort, including household appliances that can access the Internet, televisions and audio systems of cinematic quality, and energy-saving devices. By connecting these devices into a single unit and integrating them into a common control system, we are actually building a “smart home” with our own hands.
What is a smart home?
Thanks to the Internet of things, we are closer than ever to creating smart homes that are equipped with a wide range of intelligent features, and although they can’t cook dinner yet (although they are already trying to), they simplify our lives in many other ways.
Many of the systems used in smart homes are connected to wireless communication systems that use data transfer technologies over “Wi-Fi” and “Bluetooth”channels. Many of the smart home options that are used today are only updated versions of technologies that have been around for some time. So for many, it is not difficult to create a smart home yourself with your own hands, especially since there are a huge number of software solutions available in the form of applications for computers and smartphones in our time.
What systems can be installed with your own hands?
Complete systems are complete solutions that provide a very large selection of modules to meet most of the needs of a smart home.
Partial systems are solutions consisting of several elements, usually focused on a single problem. For example, control of lighting, sockets in the house, air conditioning, heating, and air recovery. This is the easiest solution for setting up a smart home on your own. In the store you can buy smart sockets controlled by Wi-Fi or with a programming system, remote control systems for lighting, air conditioning or heating, lawn watering, etc.
Individual accessories are devices that meet a single selected need and do not create a system consisting of multiple elements. For example, a video surveillance camera, gas sensor, or temperature sensors.
The devices listed above can be accessed (and used) separately, but they can also be combined into bundles, providing management under a single software shell downloaded as an app on a smartphone. The shared control center is the main element of a smart home, as it is responsible for monitoring and managing the entire system. It connects to all components and the Internet, so users can use the system even when they are away from home.
The advantages of a smart home are huge, although, of course, it all depends on how many and what devices are used. It is also often the case that some advantages are combined with others, therefore, doing independent selection of components, you can always assemble the most suitable solution for your home, taking into account the needs and financial capabilities.