This question quite rightly comes up time and again amongst home owners, electricians and builders. When we’re being asked about it, the conversation often starts with something like:
The subject of home automation is nothing new – products have been on the market for over a decade now – and yet most people out there haven’t got a clue what a house of the future might look like.
The first thing I used to associate with a house of the future was the intelligent fridge which automatically ordered milk from the supermarket when you ran out. But let’s be honest: who really needs that? No one.
At least not yet anyway. The media’s not done us any favours here – most people shy away from these over-exaggerated examples of so-called smart homes. And quite rightly so, we’re simply not ready for them, the change proposed is too radical and not sensible.
Let’s talk about people’s actual life in their homes – what they want and the many ways in which home automation can fit in with their daily routine and enhance their quality of life.
Everybody has individual needs and ideas about life at home. Home automation can make a positive difference to anyone. What’s important is to know what’s available, and then to decide for yourself what you want.
Our daily routines and life are constantly changing and so does how we use our homes. Sure, at the moment your young offspring might just use their bedrooms for sleeping in, but in a few years time the same bedroom will also be their office and lounge. They no longer want to play in the living room. A few years further down the line and their room may become your study or a spare bedroom. Wouldn’t it be nice if your home could easily adapt as your requirements change.
Do you prefer to think about how you want to live, rather than exactly what technology you’d like to be surrounded by? Unfortunately much too often our attention gets drawn to specific switching protocols, a display technology or something like that. Don’t be lead astray, instead keep focusing on functionality.
Don’t let yourself be put off by the jargon spouted by experts. Your own house of the future can simply be a good thing which will give you great enjoyment and flexibility for years to come. It is not those experts that have to live in the house, but you!
It’s important to know all the options you’ve got for smart home installation, so do some research and ideally visit a few houses and get to know features that you like.
Here are a few everyday examples of how home automation could work in your life:
Did anything from this list appeal to you?
Fair enough, some of those ideas may sound pretty gimmicky to you. That’s not a problem. Home automation is like Pick ’n’ Mix at the cinema. Simply pick out the features that appeal to you, and leave the rest.
Your house of the future can be flexible, and if you opt for a modular solution like Loxone, you can always upgrade at a later date.
When I’m giving people tours of my house, the first thing I usually say is “I’ll show you everything we’ve got set up, and you can just pick out what you like. Simple.”
One of the most important tasks when trying to make a decision is to put things in context, especially with costs.
Saving the best advice until last:
Whether you want to go all out (hopefully with Loxone!), or just to install the basics, you’re investing in the future.
Don’t skimp on the electrical installation. Wire everything centrally. Build a BIG distribution board. Then you can adapt or extend your home automation system at a later date. Who knows what direction things like energy management will go in the future. Be prepared for whatever happens, and don’t let anyone talk you out of it.
It would be a miracle if no one had any questions after reading this article. That’s why our team is ready to answer any questions you might have – via LiveChat, email, or the phone. Take us up on our offer of advice and information straight from the experts, with no pressure to buy anything from us!
And as always… we value any feedback you might have, just post a comment. Finally, have fun looking round the rest of the website, and with your very own house of the future!