Smart houses are becoming more and more popular around the world. Baltics are no exception. Smart houses can help reduce energy consumption and enhance the level of comfort for the people living in them.
When planning to buy an apartment or commence construction of a private house, we have to keep in mind that the building will serve as a home to us over a course of many years and it could be inherited by next generations. In an age when technology plays a major role it is clear that smart house technology will soon become an everyday occurrence in the world.
JUNG automated building management system centre’s manager Raimundas Skurdenis provides advice as to which criteria should be considered when fitting your home with smart systems.
Automatic systems = smart house
When planning construction, it is important to pay attention to what you want and what your house needs to make it comfortable to live in. The most important criterion to take into account when beginning construction or automation of an existing building is the building’s age and results of its assessment. If you plan to live in a smart home for at least 20 years or more, automation should function just as long. Usually automation system is planned at the early stages of the building’s construction. Use of automated systems needs to be coordinated with the architect. Evaluation of automated systems from a long-term perspective is a vital criterion, because reinstallation of such systems can cost more than the initial installation of the necessary equipment. «If we look at automated systems as one of the most important parts of the construction process (not as a type of household appliances we replace after a couple of years), we can save up money in the long run and provide comfort,» – explains Skurdenis.
Technical maintenance without the human factor
Installation of automated systems is a long-term investment that affects every family member. With that, along with use of automated systems people have to consider technical maintenance as well. If a smart home is fitted in accordance with standards – great, but what do you do if the smart house functions as intended by autodidact, who goes missing for some reason and is the only person with relevant information and no one else can take over? This is why it is necessary to ensure the company that installs automated systems works in line with international standards and is able to programme the house’s systems and perform maintenance in accordance with KNX standards. More than 400 companies work with this system. In addition, requirements are not associated with any one manufacturer. Nevertheless, installation and programming of automated systems is coordinated with them. Even if one company works develops design products and the other produces special sensors, as long as they are manufactured in accordance with unified standards, they can be easily combined if such a need arises. This also provides the house’s owner more freedom when selecting service providers or equipment. It also guarantees that the specialist a person turns to has the required professional qualification, adds Skurdenis.
Systems should not be limited
Another criterion to keep in mind when fitting your home with automated systems is the possibility to update and improve systems. «Technological development is so rapid right now that it is hard to predict what we might see in the next five to ten years. A smart house is house that, in spite of all different technologies, can be adapted to new and emerging technologies,» – believes Skurdenis.