The field of home automation and connected devices is booming, it’s not really a new trend but a fact. Every month new actors are emerging, they are a close home automation sector or not. Among all these offers why choose MyHome home automation system as I have done at home.
Different criteria to consider when you want to set up a home automation system in his home. In addition, each person does not rank these criteria in the same way, them which have different sensitivity to the design or the same budget. I will detail below the criteria that have allowed me to make my choice.
1 – System reliability and communication technology
There are currently two major types of communicating electrical equipment, products without son, which work with radio waves and wireline products that require the passage of a low-voltage sheath. Each of these systems have their advantages and disadvantages. There is also a PLC technology (powerline) that uses the grid to communicate, but I will not talk about this technology here because I read that it was not very reliable and it generated a lot of radio waves… True or not, I have not attempted to verify this information in 2011.
The wired system
The radio system
I wanted to limit the radio waves in my home, so I selected naturally a wired solution when building my house. On the market (in 2011) there were only two such technologies, the MyHome BUS/SCS solution by Legrand / Bticino / Arnould and KNX compatible manufacturers. I inquired about these two technologies and it was quite difficult at the time to find informations and products on the French market, especially for the KNX. Legrand documentation system was available on the Internet as well as their range of home automation products, I have started to study the feasibility of this system in my building project.
2 – The design and integration into home
Some people would say that it certainly is not their priority, but personally I am quite sensitive to the design and integration of switches in my everyday environment. All manufacturers of automation equipment does not necessarily offer the choice of different finishes and it can be quite “basic” (all white). All this depends on the technology you choose to adopt and its manufacturer. But there are also companies like Legrand, who have a wide range of finishes and for all budgets (from 1 € to 100 € for the luxury range), allowing you to tailor your electrical equipment in your home decor.
Also the MyHome automation switches have adjustable intensity leds, which provide direction during the night or as a night light for children’s rooms. This is one aspect that attracted me.
3 – Cost
One of the important points for most of us is the cost of the home automation system. Although prices are down (through competition increasingly present) it still remains more expensive than a standard electrical wiring. A standard switch costing between 4-10 euros, it takes an average of 40-90 euros for a communicating actuator. It may sound expensive to turn off lights remotely, in the case of an omission, for example, but home automation is not just managing your lights and your shutters. It is also the opportunity to be notified remotely in case of fire or intrusion, to manage your boiler and heating your during your holiday returns, or view your home remotely using video camera…
In 2011 during my research I wanted to find a reliable technology, a design product can fit into my home decor, and having a reliable repair service in case of problem on my installation. The electrical part is fairly sensitive in a house, I did not wish to take any risk, the unknown brands have been automatically rejected in favor of specialized branded electricity for several years as Legrand, Bticino or Arnould. Their home automation technology has also proven itself as it has existed for more than 15 years in Italy by Bticino (member of the Legrand group). Their products are available for sale in many countries and on the Internet, and have numerous certified installers MyHome Team can handle a failure or a complete installation. It is for these reasons that I chose this technology and this manufacturer, and I do not regret my choice.