Domotics is a way of controlling your home remotely. You can make it as simple or as complicated as you like, but all home automation systems share some common elements.
Domotics allows you to use multiple devices at the same time and control them all from one place, which is especially useful if there is more than one family member living in the same house or flat.
It also has advantages for elderly people living alone: they can use their phones or computers to switch on lights, turn off their alarm clocks or even open their doors when they leave the house.
What is domotics in a house?
Ever wish your home could anticipate all your needs and make your life easier? Well, now you can. Domotics is the use of electronic systems to control and automate your home.
It can be used to control your lights, appliances, heating, air conditioning, security system, etc.
You can even control these devices remotely via a smartphone or tablet. With home automation there are endless possibilities that can improve your life.
Home automation also provides another convenience: the ability to control your home remotely. You no longer have to ask if the light bulb needs changing, just check it from your phone while you sit down!
What are the three main uses of domotics?
Domotics has three main uses:
- Contribute to reducing electricity costs. To do this, simply configure a device that turns off lights and appliances when not in use.
- Increase the comfort of your home, not having to worry about adjusting the temperature or lighting of each room individually. The system can be configured so that each person has their own profile, with different settings, so that nobody has to worry about changing things again when they finish using them.
- And finally, to ensure that everyone is safe at home – and outside – home automation can help control the cameras and alarm systems installed.
What can be automated in a home?
In a house you can automate countless functionalities!
Some of the most common applications are lighting, doors and windows, heating/air conditioning (HVAC), audio systems, appliance controls, security systems and cameras.
Other types of automation can also be achieved, such as robots that clean the floor or perform other tasks in the house or garden.
Advantages and disadvantages of domotics.
So far we have identified some advantages of home automation, but it is also important to keep in mind some disadvantages:
- Domotics can be expensive;
- Home automation may not be a possible solution: if you live in an area with frequent power or internet cuts or if there are other problems with the electrical infrastructure, then this type of technology may not be suitable;
- Domotics doesn’t work in every home. For example, if there are no sockets nearby or if the walls are not prepared for electrical installation, there is no point in trying to install a system as it will not work properly;
- Home automation is not a replacement for a security system as they provide different types (or levels) of protection depending on which is used (although both are based on similar principles, such as power lines). For example, a home automation security system is not normally connected to a central alarm station.
What types of domotics systems should be installed in a house?
These are the most common and recommended:
- Lighting control: Lighting control is about adjusting the brightness, colour and other aspects of the lights in a home. With these systems, you can create a personal lighting scheme to suit your lifestyle and mood.
- Temperature controls: The temperature of the home is controlled by an automated system that detects when the temperature drops or rises above a certain threshold and adjusts accordingly.
- Security control: Security systems use sensors to detect intrusions into the property, such as doors opening and closing or windows opening. If such an event occurs, an alarm sounds, alerting you to the danger so that you can act accordingly.
- Home appliance control: These types of automation allow us to switch our appliances on and off remotely using our smartphones or computers.
Examples of domotics in a home
These are some examples of the use of domotics and automation that make your house a smart home:
- Light automation at the entrance and exit of the house. When you enter your home, turn on all the lights in a specific room or group of rooms;
- Automated heating control when certain temperatures are reached. If it’s too hot outside, turn on the air conditioning system before you get home. The same applies to cold weather; If it’s going to be below freezing that night, heat the house so it’s warm when it’s time to go to bed;
- Activate security systems when you leave the house. Put sensors on all entrances and exits so that they are activated the moment everyone has left the house for good (or until someone reopens them). This will also allow windows and blinds to close automatically after doors are locked, as well as activating motion detectors;
- Create a home cinema atmosphere by installing multiple speakers in each room where people usually listen to music/watch movies, etc., and connecting them together via Bluetooth devices installed on the walls of each room.
Domotics allows you to control your home from anywhere in the world with a phone or computer.
Home automation can be crucial for people who are not at home all day, such as parents with small children or retired people.
Domotics allows you to control your home from anywhere in the world with a phone or computer. This saves time and money as you don’t need to be physically present to turn off lights when they are not needed, or at night when they are no longer needed.
In addition, all three major assistants (Google Assistant, Apple Siri and Amazon Alexa) offer some sort of home automation app, so getting started can be extremely easy.