Do you ever find yourself checking to make sure you've turned off the lights and all the appliances before you leave the house? Or that you turn the heating right up and then forget to turn it down again? These are precisely the things that the Smart Home takes care of so that you can concentrate on more important things.
So how does it work? In a Smart Home, all the devices are connected in a network and are controlled and coordinated via a server – the brain of the system. This means individual devices can be operated centrally and their functions can be cleverly combined via IFTTT for example.
When devices are connected to each other in a network, there are many benefits that make your everyday life easier. For example, you decide how you want to control them: in the traditional way using switches, from anywhere you like with a smartphone app or simply by talking to them if your hands are full.
To get the best out of the benefits of a Smart Home, you can use IFTTT to create automated sequences that you can customise for your routines. For example, the morning routine might be to automatically raise your blinds to let the sunlight in and gently wake you up. At the same time, the radio turns on to break the morning silence. Meanwhile, the lamp goes on in the hallway to light your way to the bathroom. While you freshen up, your smart coffee maker brews a cup right on schedule. When you leave the house, you don't have to worry about turning off the lights, radio and coffee maker. Thanks to GPS and the smartphone app, your home knows that you have gone out and switches everything off automatically.
Having lights and appliances turn off automatically is one way to save energy costs. However, when it comes to household energy bills, the biggest factor is heating. In a Smart Home, you have the advantage of completely automated heating. You only need to tell it the temperature you want so that it doesn't heat too much or too little. The rest is done by your Smart Home itself: it starts heating in good time during the day and when someone is at home. At night or when no-one is at home, it switches off the heating.
One useful way to save energy costs is with automated blind control. For example, you can tell your smartphone to open the blinds at noon. This way, the midday sun heats up the interior in a controlled manner before the Smart Home lowers the sun protection completely to prevent it getting too hot.
If you can utilise the benefits in parts of your daily life or have your own ideas for optimising your home with smart functions, then a Smart Home may be just what you need.
Gira offers three different Smart Home systems that not only fulfil basic functions but can also meet the most demanding requirements. Check it out:
Gira System 3000 for controlling lights, blinds and heating
Gira eNet SMART HOME for wireless retrofitting
Gira KNX Smart Home for implementing complex projects
If you are not sure which system suits you, please contact your local certified Gira installer. There you will receive professional advice on your project.