Personal home automation, one step at a time

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What wrongly you are led to think, especially when you don't master the Basics of domotics, is that it is necessary, starting from zero, to plan in detail what you want to implement and, above all, to buy everything you need in a single solution.

It is, in effect, one corner.

LEGO bricksLa personal home automation it is, metaphorically, like the cardboard dixan of the 80 years full of LEGO bricks that we used as children. Emptying it on the floor and starting to assemble something, it was difficult to have immediately a complete picture of the possibilities because, in fact, they were and are virtually infinite. Dress the prosimilarly, it has a range of possibilities if not infinite, very wide, such as not to be - especially when inexperienced - very clear right from the start.

Two things are essential: having a basic culture (or to know the distinctive elements of personal domotics) and, as the title of this one suggests FOCUS, proyield by degrees. This allows you to become familiar with these technologies and, another non-secondary aspect, to assemble the propri bricks progressively, allowing to dilute the economic investment (however limited on average) over time.

First, what we always recommend to all those who come to this fascinating world - apart from reading and understanding of our free mini course - and of prosee install the proprio personale HUB. The HUB, as explained also in the course above, are "centralists" of functions that allow, under many and crucial aspects, to abstract the propri domotic components (lights, sensors, thermostats etc.) from their technology and / or from theirs proproducer, making it possible for everyone to interact with each other.

TheHUB it's like le foundations of a building: more solid and well thought out they will be from the beginning, higher up and solidly the palace will stand out; a home automation based on HUB provides more commitment at the beginning, but provides - and this is a fact - incomparable results on distance.


To implement a HUB (but on this we refer, once again, to the course) an economic micro-computer like is enough Raspberry Pi, a unit that allows us to acquire - despite being rather elementary and economical - the very powerful instrument that is theHUB personnel. Who was afraid of grabbing the bull by the horns (Raspberry Pi foresees, even if in a very elementary way, a minimum of manuality), there are different solutions, that is of the personal HUBhardware keys in hand, as an example Homey.

Once implemented theHUB, if it is not descended a little is missing. Usually it starts from the most classic of the variations of personal domotics, or the sensors: we start looking around, at home; we start thinking about which metrics to start collecting, usually the temperature and humidity of the rooms, all useful metrics, then, for the definition of automatisms related to the actuators that will be implemented (eg domotics, let me know if the child's room exceeds a certain humidity). In choosing what to use, ours components section can certainly be useful.

Then you pass - and it's a classic, at shine: what can I domotize? And how? I start from the simple home automation of a bedside lamp, or am I going to change wall switches to smart models? I will simply replace the bulbs, or will I call the electrician and evaluate with him whether and how to put the most complete components in the boxes? And so on.

Then of course, the actuators: to close water and gas automatically when we leave the house it is a nice idea, but maybe, over time, new ideas will come to me, so I move slowly. Also because, maybe, I already have something to domotize, pre-existing installations that I don't want to replace, for example of air conditioners, and perhaps much more.

In short: one step at a time.

Personal home automation, we remember, sa rappto be a great source of savings, so the idea of ​​adopting it is certainly always healthy, as is diluting the cost of implementation by doing, as we suggest, things a little at a time.

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