The technology of creating smart home is developing rapidly – here is how to integrate it into your new home or building project
There are more and more options available to create smart homes, from Alexa enabled devices to mature cinema and whole house lighting, heating and security solutions.
It is easy to regard the idea of smart home as “fashion”. However, if you think about the way we live at home now – browsing the Internet on our mobile phones, working remotely, and playing the latest TV series on TV (these activities usually happen at home at the same time) – you will realize that the internal technology has become.
Smart home options generally include:
Audio, including multi room audio (open in new tab) it provides the option to play music in each “area” / room or select different music in different areas of the house
Vision – from multi room systems that allow you to stream boxed, sports, etc., to different TVs throughout the home, to dedicated cinemas and media rooms
Lighting: options include remote control – which allows you to turn on / off and dim the lighting of the room or the entire house – and intelligent lighting that simulates your daily use on vacation
HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning). Intelligent heating control (open in the new label) as we become more and more aware of our energy use, this is very important – being able to monitor and change the temperature of each room / area is a way to reduce consumption
There are many security options, including intelligent access control system and closed-circuit television
What matters to most of us is the Internet supply.
Design and plan smart home
The starting point is to think about how you live and how you want to live. Start making a wish list – and decide which elements are “worth having” (for example, a media room dedicated to watching movies and sports) and which are “needed” (for example, a reliable wireless network for the entire house).
To do this, you should consider the following:
Visualize how you plan to use each room
Consider the function of the house as a whole and decide whether you want some degree of integration (e.g. louvers connected to lighting)
Ultimately, your decision on smart home technology will depend on the goals and budget you want to achieve.
Do I need professionals to create smart homes?
Generally speaking, smart home technology can be divided into two areas: DIY smart home products that can be purchased “off the shelf” and installed by homeowners, and technologies that need professional installation.
Mike ranpura, senior CEDIA member of Smart Life AV, said: “DIY products provide a taster and can be a good solution.” (open in new label) More and more products offer a certain degree of connectivity and voice control options.
However, if you are considering including multiple technical elements – such as intelligent lighting, shutter control and security – or a whole house solution, a smart home installer is ideally required.
They will design and install the technology according to your needs. They will also provide unified control, providing a single source of control, eliminating the need to open multiple applications or use different remote controls.
Professional installers / designers can also be very helpful at the conception stage, making suggestions that you may not have considered. They can also help reduce your wish list to reflect your priorities and budget.
If you want to hire smart home experts, it is best to do so in the early stage of decoration or self built projects.
Before hiring experts, please ensure that they have previously worked on projects similar to yours. It is also a good idea to look at their previous work examples.
When is the ideal time to plan smart home?
Smart homes rely on infrastructure – more specifically, cabling. This may include data cables for Internet delivery, speaker cables for audio, and coaxial cables for television, to name a few. This wiring needs to be properly designed and installed to ensure that the correct wiring is introduced at the correct location.
Even if you plan to use wireless DIY products, it is often essential to ensure that you have reliable WiFi, which can be incorporated into your building plan again (see below).
So building your own house or renovating it can provide a more cost-effective opportunity to design a smart home – as long as you plan from the start.
Ensure reliable internet in smart home
Even if you don’t want a smart home that can sing and dance, Internet supply is also the key for most of us. Whether we work from home, browse social media on mobile phones, or stream the latest suite, high-speed and reliable internet supply is essential.
Similarly, in the construction project, it is relatively easy to introduce infrastructure to achieve this goal.
So why is this infrastructure so important?
It’s more reliable
Another problem for homeowners is that many building materials (such as steel structure, foil back insulation, glass, etc.) may not be able to use WiFi
A good way to implement wired and wireless (WiFi) networks is to contact smart home design / installation experts.