.. to think about smart home is during renovation. It does not matter whether you are renovating a house or an apartment. Any home can become a smart home. But before you get down to work, questions often arise such as:
All this and much more can be achieved with an elegant smart home installation and made into a great experience. Technical innovations enrich our lives every day and smart home is just becoming a significant part of it.
But it’s all so complicated…
Not anymore! Our claim is that a smart home can be operated by anyone. Whether young, old, tech-savvy or not is irrelevant. So far, we have been able to successfully apply this principle in all our smart home projects.
But what exactly to consider now, if you rely on smart home in the renovation? If you are thinking about renewing the electrical system, we will guide you through a simple example.
In this case, the process of a renovation is the same as that of a new construction. So you have the full freedom to design your Smart Home! Together with your or optionally with our electrician, we plan the positions for the electrical elements and your network installation. Room by room, we show you, for example, how the lighting could be laid out for a perfect ambience or where the possibilities of automation come into play.
The technical difference is that the smart home control elements are connected to the smart home center via a Bus Connection. Using the example of a simple lamp, this means that a pushbutton sends a signal to the smart home center, which then switches on the light. The system is also informed about the status of the light (on or off). The lamp has therefore been digitized.
It sounds trivial at first, but there’s a lot more to the digitization of the home than meets the eye. Let’s stay with the lamp. Once it is digitally represented in the system, you can continue to use it and its state as you wish. For example, you can combine several buttons for one lamp or one button for all lights in the house. Furthermore you can control the lamp automatically by time, presence or in combination with other devices like blinds. You can determine the consumption, view switch-on times and much much more. The same applies to all other elements of the house such as doors, windows, heating, ventilation system, etc.
During planning, it is therefore particularly important to us that you get to know the diversity of your new smart home. We will be happy to advise you in a personal conversation or directly visit you on site.
In this case, we speak of a “smart home upgrade”. Here, existing power lines of switches/buttons are used and extended by wireless elements. You can read more about this under: Upgrade.
Basically, when you upgrade, you are limited to the existing electrical elements. However, you save the effort of an entire electrical installation and can still enjoy the benefits of smart home to the fullest.
In contrast to the wired variant via the bus system, here switch actuators or sensors communicate wirelessly. In the example of our lamp, a transmitter module is placed behind your classic light switch. This enables the digital control of the light. The module communicates with the Smart Home control center by radio and transmits the status of the light (on or off).
The devices communicate in encrypted form at all times, so it is not possible to influence the information sent. As far as functionality is concerned, you have no restrictions whatsoever. All elements such as blinds, thermostats, water sensors and the simple app operation remain the same, as with the wired solution.
A great advantage of the wireless solution is its flexibility. You have the possibility to make elements intelligent that are not aligned for it. This means that even old buildings can be given a modern touch without the need for costly renovation of the electrical installation. Additionally, the system can be expanded as you see fit. Start with the heating this year and in a few months upgrade your lights or garage door control.