How to make my home smart?

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Smart homes are homes that integrate different technologies to control security and energy systems, air conditioning, lighting and communications, providing greater comfort and greater efficiency to its inhabitants.

The smart home concept is associated with home automation , which can be defined as a set of systems that allow home installations to be automated.

Normally, home automation is based on the implementation and use of specialized equipment and control software applications, such as Google Home Mini or Google Chromecast, or voice assistants such as Alexia, but also other elements such as smart plugs, automatic blinds, programmers and controllers. .

In fact, today it is possible to automate many functions in your home (heating, air conditioning, lighting, thermos, boiler or DHW production system, movement sensors, irrigation programming, etc.) with a relatively low financial investment.

How to make my home smart in 3 steps

Creating a smart home is no longer something expensive or exclusive: more and more companies are committed to incorporating the Internet of Things into their products, which lowers costs and democratizes the Smart House concept.

As for how to make your home smart, here are the basic steps you need to follow:

  1. Define your goals

Smart homes have many advantages: they allow us to control the temperature, they help us maintain efficient lighting, they facilitate energy savings and they provide us with greater security.

However, in each case it is convenient to define what your specific objectives are, since, depending on your priorities, you will need certain smart devices or others.

For example, if your goal is to save on air conditioning or integrate solar systems in your home, it may be interesting to bet on controllers designed to provide central control of heating systems and DHW production with gas and diesel boilers, heat pumps , aeroterms, solar panels, etc.

  1. Get a good internet connection

All smart homes need a good Internet connection, something basic to connect the controller with the platform that manages the system and, in this way, manage the rest of the devices that will be automated within the home.

Keep in mind that if the connection is poor, the technology may not integrate optimally. The key? In addition to having a good signal, it should be strong enough throughout the house.

  1. Select the automation systems that really interest you

Before choosing your automation systems , you should take into account factors such as compatibility, ease of installation, management and user experience, price, functionalities, etc.

If you wish, you can make your home smarter by replacing your old equipment with new and more efficient ones, or upgrading your devices with smart modules.

In most cases, these are simple options, which you can quickly integrate into your Smartphone or tablet, and control from a simple App.

 controllers: smart home control with all the guarantees

The entry into force of the Ecodesign Directive (ErP) highlights, once again, the importance of control to improve the efficiency of our air conditioning installations.

Junkers, in its effort to offer increasingly advanced and intelligent systems for the home, has a wide range of controllers (programming clocks, room thermostats, regulation control units using an external probe and timer-thermostats) that allow all parameters to be under control . of time and temperature, both for heating and for domestic hot water. 

They do it in a simple way, opening and closing the electrical circuit depending on different factors, such as the ambient temperature inside the house, the outside temperature or the humidity.

This compatibility , along with its modular design, makes it easy for us to implement the options and functions of a controller based on the type of equipment it is connected to.

In fact, by adding the right solar module, we could use the same controller that we currently use for our heating to manage our solar panels.

In addition, the Class VIII models, which are the most advanced, guarantee a 5% increase in system efficiency. 

The App has quick access to the heating functions and allows options such as programming the temperature of the heating and DHW circuits, making changes in the operating mode – manual, eco, etc.-, receiving warning messages, reporting the system in real time, obtain graphs and statistics of the outside temperature, etc.