Smart homes are a technology that is gaining more and more popularity due to the comfort of use and optimization of operating costs. However, not everyone knows that smart home solutions can also be used in modular homes. Is it worth doing? How much can it cost? These and other questions are answered in this article.
Can a modular house have integrated intelligent solutions?
Popularyzacja technologii smart home sprawiła, że wiele osób zastanawia się obecnie nad tym, czy całoroczny dom modułowy może posiadać zintegrowane inteligentne rozwiązania. Odpowiedź jest twierdząca, ponieważ domy modułowe niczym nie ustępują tradycyjnemu budownictwu, w związku z czym mogą funkcjonować również jako smart home. Co więcej, obecnie inteligentne rozwiązania bazują przede wszystkim na łączności Wi-Fi lub Z-Wave dzięki czemu nie ma konieczności prowadzenia kabli, a sam system można swobodnie rozbudowywać o kolejne funkcjonalności.
What intelligent solutions can a modular house have?
Evidence that many people wonder what intelligent solutions can be used in a modular home is the popularity of searching on the Internet for the following term: smart home modular homes. It is worth knowing that an intelligent modular house can have all the functionalities that can be found in traditional buildings. What is it worth equipping it with? Certainly, intelligent lighting and automatic roller shutter control are useful, which allows you to optimize energy consumption, and thus reduce bills. For this purpose, intelligent control of heating or air conditioning is also used, which also increases the comfort of the apartment. Many people also choose automatic access control, which includes gate and wicket control, as well as alarm and monitoring.
An interesting solution is also the integration of electronics and household appliances with the smart home system, which allows you to operate these devices from one application. Larger modular homes (e.g. built according to the CUBEEKO MAXI C project) should also be equipped with a multi-room audio system that allows you to play music in every room from one common source. In addition, it is also worth knowing that smart home technology can be used not only in a modular home but also integrated with the garden, which allows you to automatically control, among others its lighting or sprinkler systems.
Is it worth investing in a smart modular house?
Equipping your home with intelligent solutions can be profitable not only in terms of comfortable use, but also real savings achieved on its operation. This is due to the fact that an intelligent modular house with e.g. automatic heating control may need much less energy than traditional solutions. In addition, by combining this aspect with intelligent roller shutter control, air conditioning or recuperation, you can easily control the shading or temperature inside the house.
It is also worth investing in an intelligent modular house also for the sake of security. By installing intelligent security systems, such as access control, monitoring or even automatic closing of windows, you can feel safe and comfortable. What's more, you can view the interior of the house and its surroundings on your smartphone, no matter where you are.
Examples of smart installations in a modular home
As already mentioned, smart home installations in modular homes are based on wireless connectivity, which allows you to easily expand them with new functionalities and add new devices to the system. It is worth knowing that there are many systems on the market that enable the operation of a single device or integrate all functionalities. The most popular are:
- Google Home, i.e. a platform supported in Polish, which, in conjunction with the Google Assistant, allows you to control each device included in a smart home via voice commands;
- Apple HomeKit, a competitive platform that can use AppleTV or iPod as a central unit. The intuitive operation and convenient control are certainly an advantage;
- Amazon Alexa, is a system that also focuses on intuitiveness and simplicity. The downside, in this case, is the lack of Polish language support, which means that voice commands should be given in English or the smart home should be operated manually.
It is worth knowing that IoT in a modular home can actually support many systems, and their selection should be adapted to the needs of users and the installed functionality.
The costs of installing a smart home in a modular house
When discussing the subject of smart home installations, it is also necessary to mention the costs of smart home installations in this type of building. It is worth being aware that these can be really different, because you can use intelligent solutions for several hundred zlotys, but it is also good to build a whole system worth a dozen or even several dozen thousand zlotys. In this case, a lot depends on the built-in functionality, the brand of devices purchased, and even the size of the modular house. You should be aware that in a small modular house (eg CUBEEKO MINI) you will definitely need fewer sensors or drivers than in its larger counterpart (eg CUBEEKO MEDIUM "L" / "Z"). It is also worth remembering that the right choice of a smart home system allows it to be expanded in the future, which is associated with dividing the costs into stages. Thanks to this, after some time a modular house can be fully intelligent.
In conclusion, it should be said that it is worth installing intelligent solutions in modular homes because it has a direct impact on the comfort of living and operating costs. Smart homes and modular offices are therefore a future that is already gaining more and more followers.