Your own connected home, built according to your criteria, where you want it, when you want it. It’s the dream, isn’t it? While the smart home has become a trend in recent years, it does require some necessary knowledge. That’s why we’re going to walk you through everything you need to know before embarking on this adventure. Let’s see together what a connected home really is, and what is the point of owning and living in one. We will then explain how to start the construction of your connected home, then finish with the possibilities of financing it.
Connected home: What is home automation used for?
What is the connected home?
The definition of a connected home is very simple, it is a house where everything is automated and “intelligent”. Based entirely on computers and wireless connections, the connected home allows you to perform everyday tasks automatically, without having to provide the slightest effort. For example, you can turn off the lights, close the shutters, lock the door, adjust the thermostat, activate the alarm and the cameras, etc., all by voice command or using your smartphone. A true home of the future, the connected home plunges us into a future where even the push of a button would seem outdated and old fashioned.
First reserved for the elite a few years ago, 2.0 houses are now accessible to as many people as possible. It is enough to inquire to realize that the offers are developing more and more in the market, with increasingly attractive payment possibilities, interesting mortgage opportunities and increasingly affordable prices, even for small children. budgets. If the arrival of smartphones has made the task of home automation easier, it is to the delight of wireless technology enthusiasts and other addicts to new technologies that we are.
The interest of the connected home
Many advantages are linked to the connected home. To begin with, we can cite the time savings induced by the latter. Connected homes let you schedule recurring tasks at certain times of the day and night. No need, for example, for an elderly person to wait until the neighbor is available to come and close his shutters in the evening.
Let’s also talk about the energy savings made possible by the ability to adjust the thermostat and other sources of energy consumption with a single click. You therefore have the opportunity to seriously reduce your gas bill and your electricity bill. In some connected homes, it is also possible to fill the bathtub remotely, and to adjust a timer. So add water to your energy saving list.
Finally, the best part of the connected home is security. Indeed, a smart home is generally much better protected than a traditional house, thanks to remote cameras and alarms for example, but also thanks to the shutters. Gone are the many times you go to sleep or go to work forgetting to close the shutter that leads to the terrace, which is a perfect entry point for burglars.
Where to start ?
It is quite possible to go through a classic construction company, it is achievable. However, we strongly recommend that you entrust your project to a home automation specialist. These companies are competent and expert in the field and have among their teams electricians specially trained for the construction of connected homes. Be careful, not that a traditional company is incompetent, but it might not take into account certain aspects of your project due to lack of knowledge or lack of experience. What you really need is an expert in construction and home automation.
The choice of the company to which you will call upon is to be considered at length, because it is on this company that your future cozy nest will depend, but also the quality of your connected installations. It is she who will dictate, upstream, whether the burglars will manage to enter or not; whether your home will save energy or not; whether your equipment will perform optimally or not. So do not hesitate to browse the web, use online comparators, contact companies and request quotes as soon as you can.
Funding is, you will understand, the major stake of this project. Going through the mortgage box is inevitable here, unless you already have the necessary cash. In the same way that you are going to choose your construction company, take special care in choosing your financial institution. In your budget, also include the more mainstream equipment that you want to connect in the future, in addition to shutters and other connected thermostats. For example, you’ll probably want to connect a Google Home or HomePod inside your home, or even one (or more) smart TVs.
Important information, and not the least: if you can justify the fact that your connected installation allows the thermal improvement of your home, you will then benefit from certain state aid. You can, for example, claim tax credit, zero-rate eco-loan, energy premium, reduced VAT, and aid from ANAH (National Housing Agency). Nevertheless, please note that the passage of a REG professional (Recognized Guarantor of the Environment) will be necessary if you engage in this process, so that he can attest and certify the effectiveness of your installation.
Building your own connected home is much easier than it looks. If the word “home automation” can scare everyone in this story, it is actually just a classic real estate construction project, with IT integration. The idea makes more than one dream, and many people take the plunge every year. It’s up to you, therefore, to embark on your project and build your smart home, hoping that we have been able to answer your questions and provide you with more information in this article.