The technology progresses in a dizzying way so that it is increasingly possible to have the house of the future. A smart home It is not science fiction, and to automate the various functions of home devices you can start with a reduced investment.
Heating, lighting, or many appliances can be controlled by means of an application on the mobile, the tablet or by means of commands with the voice. With this, it is possible to reduce the consumption of electricity, gas and water, and improve the safety and comfort of the house.
These systems can run by remote control or inside the home, with wireless or wired procedures. This is possible through the home automation, a system that automates and controls various household functions. For it to work, the main requirement is that there is a good Internet connection.
It doesn’t take a huge investment to make a home smart. Photo: Clarín Archive
“A smarthome It is a house in which incorporates intelligence and internet connectivity between different sensors and actuators. The sensors can be of light, to know if it is day or night or if it is cloudy, of ambient temperature, or the alarm of opening a door “.
“While an actuator is an element that produces an action, such as turning on a device (light, stove, gate) or modifying the temperature of the air conditioning”, explained the Director of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering of ITBA, Miguel Aguirre, to Clarion.
“The sensors and actuators allow to automate processes, such as turning on the coffee machine at a certain time, lowering the blinds when it is very cold in winter or very hot in summer,” he explained.
In that sense, Aguirre stressed that “it doesn’t take a big investment to make a smart home and in the case of wanting to transform a standard house, it can be done little by little: as one modifies the different household appliances, one can add technology and controllability to manage the appliances from one device “.
At the moment there are many options, which are connected to the systems of Google (Google Home), Amazon (Alexa) and some even offer their programming codes for the user to make their own applications.
How much does it cost to have a smart home?
There are different options, more or less economical, that adjust to the pocket of each one and to what one wants to implement.
It depends on the needs and tastes of the user, one can program the lights so that they turn on or off when entering the room, or that they gradually turn on as night falls.
In addition to, for example, remotely open or close window blinds so that, in winter, during the cold, sun enters the house and the environment is comfortable.
On the other hand, a smarthome offers a lot when it comes to safety. As is the case with automated gates, which can be opened remotely, after checking the cameras from the cell phone and ensuring that there are no risk factors.
Currently there are many options, which connect with the Google (Google Home), Amazon (Alexa) systems. Photo: Clarín Archive
“Today a controller for a lamp it has a value between $ 500 and $ 1,000. Four-lamp drivers are available for $ 1,500 or $ 2,000, although they can also be used for everything you need. turn on or off, like a gate or a blind. All of them are connected to each other with the internet of the house; then both inside or outside the home, one can monitor the state of the home and take action, “said Aguirre from ITBA.
“Exist more advanced drivers which, for example, allow regulate the color of an LED lamp so that one can choose, depending on their habits, which tone is best for them: at noon whiter light that allows work better, while at dusk the light can become more reddish and yellowish, simulating the sunset, “he added.
“These applications can collaborate in the energy saving without doubts, because the user can program the use. But the great benefit is in taking advantage of the energy consumed to obtain much more comfort and well-being, since the devices are used in a way that they are more enjoyable, “he said.
To get an idea of costs, the CEO of the Haustech company that develops home automation projects in houses and apartments in Argentina, Darius Kasvine, explained that to install a complete central intelligent system of lighting, lock, music and radio, and interactive TV, it is necessary to calculate between $ 5,000 and $ 10,000 per meter2. In an apartment of 70 m2 it would mean an investment from $ 350,000.
However, he clarified that “this could not be done all at once but in stages. Predictability can be made to initially incorporate the lighting of the main rooms of the house and leave the secondary rooms for later. This will make it possible not to disburse all the money at once. “
However, there will be those who decide start small or with some particular object. In this sense, although the results will not be the same, it will be possible to acquire one smart element at a time, and thus achieve in the long term transform a house to add more comfort to the home.
What are the 6 investments that can be made to have a smart home?
1- Heating and air conditioning system: With smart and connected thermostats, heating and even air conditioning systems can be remotely controlled, optimizing home comfort while controlling energy consumption.
The price of an Intelligent and programmable Wi-fi thermostat can vary between $ 20,000 and $ 50,000.
2- Security cameras: There are many applications of smart systems in the field of home security. One of them is that of security cameras, which allow you to record and speak through the device, functions that can be very useful for a wide variety of situations.
Intelligent security camera system. Photo: Clarín Archive.
The price of a security camera can vary between $ 5,000 and $ 20,000 each one, or a 4 camera kit from $ 50,000.
3- Accessibility: Between security and comfort, new technologies also allow the inclusion of facial and fingerprint recognition systems to replace or complement traditional locks. These ideas can be of great help to people with disabilities.
A fingerprint and facial recognition access control device can be obtained from $ 40,000 to $ 130,000.
4- Virtual voice assistants: another of the fundamental elements of a smart home. Beyond the possibilities they offer in themselves, these devices allow managing a large part of the rest of the elements of a domotic home, which makes them the center of the connected home.
Voice assistants prices range from $ 10,000 and $ 30,000.
5- Automatic feeder for dogs or cats: If you are away from home for a long time, incorporating a programmable feeder into the home is a good option.
Automatic pet feeder. Photo: Clarín Archive
Automatic pet feeders are available from $ 10,000 and $ 20,000.
6- Conserve water with smart sprinklers: in the case of houses with gardens, the lawn requires a lot of energy, water and time to maintain it. A highly customizable and programmable sprinkler control system to save on water is achieved from $ 5,000.