We hear a lot about smart technology lately. Is it something that is available to everyone or is it only for the rich? If you are building a new home, it is worth looking at it before you build. A smart home is not only affordable, it is the wave of the future. If you have an existing home, there are many ways to make your home smarter.

How much does a smart home cost? It depends on how “smart” you want your home to be. You can spend a few hundred or a few thousand euros to have a smarter home. In this article the professional electricians of the company 24gr.gr will help you to answer every question you might have.

What is a smart home?

A smart home is a house that contains “smart” technology. This can be anything from smart bulbs to a whole house with smart wiring. It may be argued that some homes are “smarter” than others, but even if you have a budget, you can make your home much smarter. Smart home security systems include light and motion sensors that can be connected to a home security business, even your smartphone or desktop. Smart homes are more than just a passing fad, but you need to choose your products wisely.

A really smart home will make your life easier. The technology you choose should be easy to use, convenient and effective. For example, An intelligent heating and cooling system can keep your home at a perfect temperature and monitor energy consumption. It will help you use less energy and have a more comfortable home.

Eliminating some myths about the smart home

There is often a misconception that installing smart home technology or building it in your new home is costly. At one time this could have happened, but as smart technology evolved and simplified, it also became more accessible. Now, smart homes are no longer the sector of the affluent. Today you can create a smart home at a reasonable cost.  In fact, smart home systems are surprisingly cheap to buy and install and can add real value to your home in terms of convenience, convenience, energy savings and property value.

What is smart wiring?

If you are building a new home, seriously consider installing smart wiring. Many people mistakenly believe that smart cabling is a cable system like cable TV. In fact, it is a wiring system that you can use to integrate all the smart technology you use in your home. Smart wiring can be surprisingly cheap. It starts with an  small amount of money, but can cost more depending on how much wiring you need. If your entire home has smart wiring, you can add smart technology as you want or need. Smart cabling lets you integrate:

  • Smart lighting
  • Entertainment systems
  • Internet Security
  • Audiovisual communications
  • Sensors

While quite new, smart wiring is also designed for future applications. You can use it without smart technology and add it over time. As home automation becomes more common, smart wiring will also increase the value of your home. In the future, home buyers will be looking for homes that can be automated. If your home has smart wiring, it will be a bonus when the time comes to sell.

Many electricians now install smart wiring in their homes. If you are building, adding an extension or renovating, look for the company 24gr.gr with smart wiring training. We will follow a Code of Practice that ensures that your smart cabling works today and in the future.

Lighting

From the kitchen to the living room and bedrooms, smart lighting can change the appearance and functionality of the house. Smart lighting allows the lights to turn on and off as commanded or to interact as part of a larger scene. The benefits of using it range from atmosphere to safety, energy efficiency and more. But like many areas of the smart home, the real potential is not utilized in individual smart luminaires, but when entire lighting systems are automated and interact with each other.

Automatic lighting lets you create scenes using sensors and actuators and effectively means that with the push of a button or voice you can transform lighting anywhere in your home. Depending on the areas you have installed it, you can turn off the lights in the living room from the comfort of your bed, turn on the garden lights as the sun sets at a festive party or turn off the lights in the dining room for a dinner.

Sound

Whether it’s interacting with people in different parts of the house or playing music in selected areas, sound is another area that many people want to explore when it comes to smart home technology.

Security and alarms

Security is a key feature that many people consider when weighing on smart home technology. Smart security offers the occupants of the house peace of mind. Including features such as intercom, CCTV and smart alarm systems, it allows homeowners to monitor their property whether they are located or away from home. Meanwhile, the cost of smart security has not only dropped significantly in recent years, but technology has improved, offering better image resolution and the ability to store more videos. The smart home computer looks at three key areas of security that homeowners may want to use:

  • Security CCTV – Which uses wired cameras to collect and record video in a home
  • Video Intercom – That allows homeowners to respond to intercom and see who is at the door using their mobile phone.
  • Alarm packages – Includes keypad, external siren, internal siren and three PIR motion sensors.

The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) was once understood only by technicians. The term enters our daily lives as more products become available. Basically, IoT refers to any “thing” that can be connected to the Internet. Smart bulbs were one of the first IoT products to become popular. A smart lamp has a WiFi connection that allows you to control your lighting using an app on your smartphone or using a specially designed remote control. Today, a number of IoT products are becoming available. Some of them include:

  1. Refrigerators that can tell you what to buy
  2. Ovens that take the guesswork out of cooking
  3. Microwave
  4. Coffee makers
  5. Heating and cooling systems
  6. Alarms that can adjust the lighting and temperature
  7. Security systems

The list grows every year and the products become smarter as well. In the past, an app was needed for almost every type of IoT product, but Amazon, Google, and other tech giants are finding ways to integrate your IoT products and even activate them using voice commands. Many products are still smart enough to do the job for you. An example is an awning equipped with a light sensor. When light enters your home, the light sensor will extend the awning to provide shade so your home does not overheat in the summer.

How much does a smart home cost?

Smart wiring starts with a certain amount, but this is just the beginning. Smart wiring must be connected to smart technology for it to work. The price of the technologies you choose will determine the cost of your smart home. When comparing prices, compare the cost of a smart product with the cost of a traditional product.

In most cases, smart IoT products will cost more than “stupid” products, but will offer more features. For example: A smart alarm clock may cost you, but you can schedule it to warm your home before you get up. A single smart light bulb can cost 30 to 80 euros, but it will last up to 40,000 hours. Because it is an LED lamp,

A smart refrigerator will definitely cost a lot, but it will have cameras inside that let you see what’s in your fridge when you go shopping. The cost of a smart home security system will vary depending on the options you choose. In any case, the cost varies depending on your needs.

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Nicole Lee

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