Home automation – why you should integrate air conditioning and ventilation into it and how to achieve the best result
Shannon ChurchMarketing Executive
Home automation refers to the integration of smart devices and technology to enhance a living space’s convenience, efficiency, and security. Today, with constant technological advancements, it’s become highly topical because of the increased number of people working from home since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has also highlighted the importance of healthy home environments.
Home automation systems allow you to control various aspects of your home, such as lighting, window treatments, temperature, security, and entertainment – sometimes remotely from an app on a smartphone and sometimes by a controller on the wall, but often a combination of both.
Integrating air conditioning and ventilation into the home automation system allows it to be directly controllable from the same user interface that controls all other aspects, removing the need to have multiple controllers on the wall and improving user experience.
There is also an increasing focus on more sustainable construction. A single interface controlling multiple disciplines will optimise their respective uses and reduce the property’s energy usage. The ability to remotely control systems means that their use can be more accurately matched to user requirements. This means they can be set to come on and turn off at specific times, which may save money as well if energy tariffs vary at different times of day in the area.
To successfully integrate air conditioning and ventilation into a home automation system, it should be considered in design strategy from very early stages. On-site as well as design coordination between the home automation and air conditioning contractors is essential. The air conditioning is controlled by its own internal logic, and the home automation system essentially translates commands from the user interface into the language of the air conditioning system. Should anything go wrong with either system, this can make it difficult to pinpoint where the issue is; by making sure that all aspects of both system designs are fully integrated, a more robust solution is achieved.