The ‘smarthome’ or smart homes are in fashion. According to Gartner, 67% of the devices connected in 2020 will be installed in the domestic sphere. Saving the electricity bill, obtaining greater comfort and comfort, contributing to the environment or improving the security of the homes, are some of the objectives sought by the incorporation of technology in the home. Companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft or Apple are already making many advances in this emerging market.
According to the report The Smart Home Survey, prepared by the Context consultancy, up to 39% of Spaniards would be interested in living in a smart home in the next 5 years. Arriving from work and finding the house at the perfect temperature, controlling the lighting of the house from the mobile phone, programming the closing of the doors when the burglar alarm is activated, are just some of the existing possibilities.
Therefore, the technological union joins the plumbing or carpentry in terms of repair services, maintenance and home installations. How are the bowels of the home connected? What are the connections and what to do when the devices fail? HomeServe, a company specializing in solutions for maintenance and home care, analyzes the possible failures in a ‘smarthome’ and offers the keys to prevent the smart home from disconnecting.
1. Smart tools. The market already has accessible devices. An example is Tadoº, an intelligent thermostat used to turn on, turn off or remotely program the air conditioning of the home. It is compatible with 95% of existing heating systems and saves 30% on the electric bill. Another example is Leakbot, which is installed in any pipeline to anticipate the detection of small water leaks or warn the user of variations in consumption, preventing large breakdowns from occurring. Smart locks, remote control plugs, programmable appliances, all these devices improve and facilitate life in the home, but its maintenance is essential for the house to work properly.
2. Internet connection. The most important thing to keep the house connected is to have a reliable connection. It connects most of the intelligent, infrared or bluetooth systems to communicate with each other or with the provider. Therefore, the key to the smart home does not disconnect, is to monitor the Internet connection and distribution, even considering the possibility of installing a signal repeater for the network to reach all corners of the house. Also, it is important to have secure systems. Experts advise betting on cloud tools so that in the event that the computer system fails, important data is not lost and periodically change the password of the device to prevent the hacking of the router.
3. Devices and system centralization. One of the big problems that the ‘smarthome’ is living with is related to the quantity of devices of different brands and suppliers that make it up. For everything to work properly, it is advisable to link the devices in a logical and centralized way. For this, experts advise betting on a common thread, such as smart TV, computer, tablet, or mobile, from where to control, manage and monitor all products. In this sense, to avoid failures and get the most out of these devices, professionals recommend hiring an assistance service to solve any incident or connection needs.