Designing and installing a home automation system in a home cannot be reduced to a simple “improvement” operation but is an action that triggers a series of immediate benefits for the user and, secondly, for the value of the property that increases its market value (from 5% to 8%). As a result, it can then be sold more effectively and more quickly.
Of course, to include all expenses in the budget is a ‘delicate operation but, speaking of home automation, saving is not the priority. As mentioned, we are creating a long-term investment that, in the face of an increase in the cost of realizing the property of 1% for the construction of the plant, then repays safely and exponentially on the real estate market. But let’s look specifically at the costs and numbers associated with the installation of a home automation system!
As said, the expense incurred can be significant but we must make a premise: the game “spendo poco = maximum yield” does not work at all if we talk about home automation. On the contrary, it can be totally counterproductive, leaving us, when used, a poor system and for which we will need other expenses for maintenance and development. The installation of a home automation system has its roots in a rational and intelligent predisposition to the problem, avoiding the classic work of the trusted electrician who will do nothing but offer you pre-packaged packages of two or three brands, inevitably converting you to the great family of “saving first of all”. These solutions do not think at all about the needs of users, as they never touch on the priorities of home automation: to create conditions of optimal system quality and as much as possible customized according to the spaces and the living structure.
Integrating the elements and systems that regulate a home automation system is not, therefore, something for everyone. This is well known by the many users who, after having opted for the ultra-economical option, were forced to call a specialist technician to “remedy” the mistakes of the past, putting their hands on the previous installation errors with difficulty. A home automation system in accordance with the standards must therefore be built by a specialized technician and, above all, should always be designed during the construction or renovation of the building. Doing so at a later date would mean incurring higher costs than normal.
The expenditure to be addressed varies according to the number of services provided for the equipment and three important issues: how to configure the electrical system, number of devices from which you want to manage the home automation of the house, integration between home automation system and other technological systems in the housing unit.
However, it is advisable, all the more so if we are going to install our first home automation system, to opt for a basic system, that is, a system that can control:
This basic solution allows, both to be able to integrate further services and functions, and to avoid future masonry work with controlled costs. The next step is even more rewarding as we increase the functions of a solid and flawless system.
At the level of pure MANAGEMENT we can then both control the system from a device (smartphone, tablet) and precisely control consumption at the desired rate and monitor the loads of the system.
At the FUNCTIONAL level, on the other hand, we can take advantage of integrated solutions such as: regulation of the intensity of the lights and the relative possibility of creating customised scenarios, control of curtains and shutters based on the climate and atmospheric events, control of integrated alarms for pumps and appliances, integration with security systems and video surveillance, management of external elements of a possible garden (for example, controlled irrigation systems).
We have seen that the way to go, if we want a high-performance system (which will allow us to raise the value of our property right away), can not be that of forced savings. The costs depend first of all on 3 fundamental factors:
If, as mentioned above, the installation costs correspond approximately to 1% of the value of the property, ideally taking a ‘home worth 300,000 euros, the expenditure incurred is around 3000 euros. This figure includes both the costs of basic home automation devices and the cost of configuration. To this figure we will have to add another expense depending on the square meters of the housing unit and concerning the electrical system and the number of sockets and light points. With a hypothetical surface area of 80 square meters the cost of electrical system and its setting is around 6000 euros.
With less than 10,000 euros we have a basic home automation system of high quality that will allow us to save right away on energy and electricity costs (for a surface area of 80 square meters the saving is around 30% and we reach almost 70% if we talk about units’ non-housing). In a few years we will recoup the investment made previously, being able to take advantage of a home automation without maintenance costs in the next five years and able to increase the quality of our property but, above all, of our daily lives.