Advantages and disadvantages of home automation
Are you thinking of a digital home? Do you wonder if it brings a ‘hidden’ side? In this article, we tell you all the advantages and disadvantages of home automation so that you can make an informed decision in case you are thinking of turning your home into a smart home.
In general, we are used to thinking that everything has a negative side and it may, in some cases, be like that. It can be that technological developments are not always efficient at first, but does home automation have more disadvantages than advantages? Home automation, within intelligent design, is responsible for generating an interaction between the space and the users through the devices and, in general, its advantages are more than known. Still, we present the pros and cons of using home automation in your home.
Before deciding on a domotic home, you must fully understand what this system consists of in order to know all the solutions that can be provided in energy management, security, well-being and communication services, among others.
Home automation allows the communication of indoor and outdoor home networks through wired or wireless solutions. This means that the management of the homes can be carried out from inside or outside them.
What is an intelligent design?
Today we call “intelligent design” systems designed to technologically equip homes in a functional and safe way. We refer specifically to the use of home automation in order to make the space interact with the user.
The key to home automation is to generate a sensor system that is in charge of monitoring and automating some aspects of the home, such as electricity consumption, security or risk prevention. It can also be used to link the user to their home to facilitate control of temperature, ventilation, lighting, heating, and other functions. The search for home automation in the architectural market is to facilitate daily activities and simplify the lives of the people who inhabit it.
Advantages of home automation
Smart design has so many benefits. Thanks to the use of technology applied to architecture and the hand of algorithms and automation, all kinds of solutions generated are aimed at satisfying the needs of users. These are some of the most important advantages:
The intelligent design is characterized by helping to save energy consumption. This has a positive impact on household service costs, since it contributes to saving electricity, gas, water etc… In addition, by managing all the electrical elements from a database, it is possible to ensure that they are only turned on when necessary. .
At the same time, home automation controls lighting and air conditioning and can reduce energy consumption by up to 50%. Likewise, by being able to establish a saving mode that detects presence in the different areas of the house, a reduction policy is activated in a simple way, achieving savings in the domestic economy and achieving more ecological homes.
One of the benefits of home automation is the security it provides to the home. In addition, you can take advantage of different applications: from the detection of gas leaks, water leaks and fires, to traditional security cameras. Home automation also allows us to be alert in case an intruder trespasses the property.
The security system allows you to control all these aspects, even from a mobile device. This can be very effective in preventing incidents.
With the massive use of the internet nowadays and the implementation of new technologies, digitalisation has become part of everyone’s day-to-day life. Home automation is not far behind and, thanks to the internet and mobile phones, it has become a practical tool that facilitates the interaction of spaces and things through emails, notifications, calls or voice commands and messages.
In addition, home automation includes body movement recognition, voice recognition to generate communication between the home and the user. Another of the available channels has to do with a set of sensors that tend to monitor the user’s lifestyle. Each person has different routines: the time spent in bed after getting up, taking medications and other routine habits that become parameters recorded by the system.
Another practical benefit of implementing home automation is convenience. When running the system there are a number of tasks that should only be superficially monitored by the user. Whether it is the automatic closing of blinds or the configuration of the light in each room, all these actions provide comfort and convenience to the user.
Kindness to the environment
Home automation is capable of reducing negative impacts on the environment. Being so efficient, it helps to turn off electrical appliances when they are not in use, carefully monitors leaks and controls consumption, it can reduce the carbon footprint that we produce on a day-to-day basis.
Disadvantages of home automation
Until some time ago, its complexity was considered a disadvantage of home automation. This was due to the fact that several programming interfaces coexisted, making everything more cumbersome. Approximately 10 years ago, in Europe and the world consensus was reached to unify the language, thus creating a standard. So, what until a while ago could be considered a disadvantage today, is no longer so.
Another of the disadvantages that is usually referred to is the cost. As we have previously demonstrated, although there are costs associated with the installation of a home automation system, these are recoverable through the cost savings that home automation itself proposes. In addition, thanks to home automation, we can prepare consumption reports for the different energy resources of our home. In this way, we can make more effective use of the different resources, saving on costs.
Integration of home automation in the design
At Manuel Torres Design we have a team of specialists with more than 17 years of experience in solutions for the control of homes, offices, hotels and businesses. We develop smart spaces with the most advanced and innovative solutions, offering endless possibilities thanks to the latest generation technology and according to the needs and budget of the user. Contact us to schedule a custom design session.
Now you know what are the advantages and disadvantages of home automation. Don’t wait any longer to start the path to a smart home that will make your life and that of your family members much more comfortable.