What it is and how home automation works

29 Aug 2022

Digital technology is even entering the domestic environment, facilitating the most common daily activities, and improving home comfort through automation, interconnectivity, and intelligent solutions, with the ability to improve each environment.

One of the key technological elements in this transformation is characterised by home automation, or those systems which can transform a normal space into a smart-home. But what does this mean, exactly?

When we talk about solutions home automation, we mean the possibility of interconnection between the various home systems, from turning off heating equipment, to electronic equipment, to domestic appliances, which can be managed in a co-ordinated and optimal manner, even remotely, effortlessly, delivering excellent results for everyone.

To sum up, a household automation installation can organise and regulate the activities of every integrated system – using a suitable control unit – which makes the home more efficient and comfortable, from every point of view. Awnings which can be opened and closed at predefined times or according to weather conditions? Personalised heating management by remote control? Run washing machines and dishwashers at the most convenient time, even if you are not at home? It’s possible with home automation.


How can a home automation system be set up

A home automation installation for domestic use, can actually control many systems and various applications.  From lighting, including switching on, switching off and dimmer control according to requirements (eg. presence or absence of someone at home, at different times of day), to controlling current load to avoid overloading; to thermoregulation, with intelligent cooling or heating, to the opening and closing of awnings, blinds and doors; to audio systems to security systems (alarms, video surveillance).

All these activities can be activated and managed through a number of devices: remote control equipment, smartphone app for management of a remote, or voice aids. 


Advantages and disadvantages of a home automation installation 

How do you evaluate the transition from manual to intelligent management of your home? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a home automation installation?

The pros are easy to identify: savings in consumption, integration of systems for simpler, co-ordinated use, full control – even at a distance – of the entire environment.

The cons could be the costs of installation and integration of the installation, but these are fairly low.


Costs of a home automation installation

A home automation system can cost from a few thousand euro to a few hundred, according to the size of the house, the systems to be integrated and the functionality requested, as well as its performance.

There is no doubt that it will improve not only functionality, but the value of the property, which is obvious because it allows anyone to realise the full potential of their own home, at any time.

Often, it is the competence and responsiveness of the technical consultant, to source, install and manage the solution best suited to the client which makes the difference.


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