For the last eight years I’ve been busy improving with home automations, also called domotica. The time that I invest divers strongly per period, sometimes I don’t do anything for months, and then I find a new technology and I go all in with my spare time. In these years a lot of I’ve used a lot of different technologies, brands and platforms for my smart home.
I’m pretty happy with my current home automation setup and I got asked a lot by people that visited my house “How do I get started with home automation?”.
Let’s start with sharing my 7 rules for home-automations.
My requirements for a successful smart home
1. Keep it simple
Main requirement, people should not notice that you have home automation in place. Everything should work as is normal for your guests. The next two tips are about that. I would call this rule; think about the babysitter.
The main rule for home automation –> think about the babysitter
Your babysitter will not have your home automation app installed or interest to visit the mobile website. Also she wouldn’t be able to use your voice assistant as she doesn’t know the names of the lights. Make sure that every light is controllable by everyone that visits your house.