Do you only want to avail basic applications, such as light and blind control in the smart home, or do you want to network various smart devices to create a comprehensive Smart Home system – this is the first thing you need to ascertain. Your choice and range of functionalities will decide the technical basis for your Smart Home.
Gira System 3000, for example, is the perfect choice for controlling lighting, blinds and heating, as it is optimised for these three areas. You can decide whether you want to operate via its control unit in the classic way, use the automated time schedules or control it digitally via the Gira System 3000 App.
If you also want to operate household and entertainment devices smartly, you would need a Smart Home system with a larger range of functions.
For your Smart Home planning, it is first of all important to know the difference between KNX and eNet SMART HOME. In KNX, all components, such as light switches and heating controllers, are connected to each other via flush-mounted cable whereas in eNet SMART HOME, they are networked wirelessly.
If you know from the outset that you want to fully network your home, investing in the hardwired KNX will pay off. However, if you want to start small or retrofit smart technology in existing buildings, eNet SMART HOME will be better suited to your building project.
Tip: We have summarised the exact differences between KNX and eNet SMART HOME in this article. Read it to acquaint yourself with these two different types of Smart Home systems.
The type of housing where you live also plays an essential part in choosing a Smart Home system. It helps you understand how much area you want the Smart Home technology to cover and if you would need major installation work in your house or apartment.
For rented flats or old buildings, a wireless solution is suitable that you can easily retrofit, such as eNet SMART HOME. However, if you are building a new building, it is worthwhile to create the corresponding infrastructure for KNX right away.
It’s essential to define the scope of your Smart Home at this stage. For example, determine the number of rooms that will have a heating control system. This way, you can pick smart devices with the optimal transmission range to make sure that they get effectively networked with your wireless system.
Gira eNet Smart Home is suitable for networking up to 120 m², for example.
After deciding which devices will be installed in which rooms, the next thing to consider is the control. A Smart Home system can offer you multiple ways to control smart devices intelligently, for example, you can control lighting, blinds and heating via the smart system app, via Bluetooth or via the control unit manually.
If you wish to operate your digital devices via classic switches or the control unit, you can opt for corresponding solutions, such as the Gira push button sensor 4 for your KNX Smart Home. The advantage of smart switches, like this one, is that you can assign every button a function of your choice.
Controlling your Smart Home system via your smartphone or tablet is also possible. We provide you with suitable apps for Gira KNX, Gira eNet SMART HOME and Gira System 3000 so that you can turn any smartphone or tablet into a practical Smart Home remote control. Convenient voice control functionality has also become a standard in Smart Homes. So, decide at this stage which rooms you would like to equip with a voice assistant.
In order to facilitate the management of your entire Smart Home, we also recommend the Gira G1 control centre. With this you can not only control your Smart Home centrally, but also configure it easily.
The integration of a door communication system can also be a nice addition to your Smart Home if you wish to automate your door intercom system. With such a system, you can easily communicate with your visitor centrally via Gira G1.
Tip: A door communication system, such as Gira System 106, not only enhances convenience, but also ensures burglary protection. Thanks to its video support, you can see who is standing in front of your house.
These six tips will help you start setting up your Smart Home in an easy yet effective way. You can use these tips as a starting point and determine how extensive your Smart Home would really be along the way.
We hope you enjoy your Smart Home planning.