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SALUS Controls control system configurator – how much does a smart home cost?

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Owners, investors and installers of intelligent home control systems know that this purchase is an investment that improves the comfort of life. If you are considering investing money in a modern building automation, you want to know what kind of expenditure you have to take into account. And here we disclose right away that there is no single answer to this question. It all depends on the property and the needs and expectations of its users.

You will learn from the text:

– what is SALUS Controls system configurator and what is it used for?

– What does the cost of system installation depend on?

Smart Home is more than convenience

Comfort, which is offered by home automation, is not limited only to remote shut off the iron or turn on a lamp. Smart home control means:

a. optimal heating control: the ideal temperature in every room

b. home economics: lower expenses for energy consumption

c. control of appliances such as roller blinds, lighting, garden sprinklers

d. security of property: alarm sensors, SMS notifications

e. environmental protection: lower emission of pollutants

f. everyday comfort and convenience

Intelligent home today is associated with modernity, energy efficiency, safety, control of expenses. The scenarios of dependencies between devices working in the system are almost limitless. However, the question of creating a system and its price remains open. That is why SALUS Controls technical specialists have created a system configurator.

System Configurator – what is it?

SALUS Controls Configurator is a user-friendly selection tool that helps installer/user to assemble products and create a system best suited to the needs of household members. We have architecturally different houses/apartments, different types of heating systems. The rhythm of life of each of us is also different. So there is no universal system. Such which pre-programmed settings will meet the expectations of all. That’s why control elements of intelligent house have to be chosen individually. “Made to measure”, like clothes at the tailor’s.

SALUS Controls System Configurator was created based on our experts’ experience gained from talking to customers calling the Technical Support Hotline. Knowing what their most common questions are and what problems users and installers have with choosing devices and adapting them to the conditions in the building, we created a “virtual version of an advisor” – the configurator. You can use it at any time, working at your own pace, choosing different product combinations and calculating control options and costs in real time.

Using SALUS Controls configurator in the “user” option consists in answering a few basic questions about the technical conditions of the building (type of installation, floor space, number of radiators, etc.). This information is crucial for the selection of control devices. In the “installer” option, the questions are of a more technical nature, e.g. we ask about the number of manifolds (which corresponds to the number of wiring centres needed), the number of loops connected to the manifold.

After providing the answer, the configurator indicates the list and the number of products needed; the available variants from which you can choose the right one in terms of function, price, design.

Finally, the configurator proposes optional products, i.e. those that may be necessary during the installation (temperature sensor, protective head cover, 16A relay module, additional ZigBee network amplifier, etc.). In this way an outline cost calculation is created.

Smart home – how much does it cost to implement a system?

Where to start?

At the beginning you need to know whether you care about controlling heating via the Internet. On the one hand, this option requires an additional fee, but on the other hand – incomparably increases the convenience and functionality of the entire system. Then you need to specify what type of heating you want to control: radiator, floor, electric. If the control of mixed heating is involved, you need to take into account the products needed to regulate the heating system of both types (floor and radiator). Smart Home accessories are an additional cost.

Characteristics of a sample house

The building, on the basis of which we will indicatively show the operation of our configurator, is one-storey with a usable attic. Downstairs, there is an underfloor-heated living room with a kitchen and a bathroom, and in the attic there are three radiator-heated bedrooms, each with one radiator. Altogether there are five rooms. The bathroom has one window. Let’s assume that the residents have decided to control their home via the Internet, using selected SALUS Smart Home accessories. What products did the configurator indicate? What will the household gain thanks to them?

Explore the possibilities: how does the configurator work?

Let’s divide home control areas into three categories:

– heating control

– control of lighting and roller shutters

– Example OneTouch rules

– fault detection

Heating control

In order to control heating in such a designed house via the Internet, you need to equip yourself with temperature thermostats – e.g. modern Quantum SQ610RF with a built-in humidity sensor and Warm Floor function. Optimal control of the heating system is achieved by regulating the temperature individually in each room, so you always need as many thermostats as many rooms. A surface-heated downstairs requires a wiring centre and actuators (e.g. self-regulating actuator THB). To control three radiators in bedrooms, you need to buy three wireless thermostatic heads. And of course the “heart” of the system, without which there is no way to manage your home online – the Internet gateway UGE600.

Control of lighting and roller shutters

If you want to create functional OneTouch rules for lighting and roller shutters, to the cost of the system should be added accessories (selection of devices depending on the rules):

– Smart Relay (SR600)

– Roller Shutter (RS600)

– Smart Plug (SPE600, smart plug)

How do these products work? Smart Plug, as an extension of the electrical outlet, controls the devices plugged into it. Smart Relay allows to control a receiver with a load power up to 16A. Roller Shutter controls drives of window roller blinds and lighting (230V AC). Thanks to these small devices, you can adjust the moment of switching on or off the lights in selected rooms or make lamp operation dependent on other actions, e.g. entering a room, closing a window, starting a fan, etc. You can also use them to simulate the presence of household members when the house is empty. The final cost depends on how many roller shutters/devices in your house you want to control.

What OneTouch rules can you create?

In SALUS Smart Home application you will program dependencies – scenarios of devices’ work. For example:

  1. At sunset, a lamp will turn on in the hallway, and at sunrise – it will turn off.
  2. In the morning, the roller blinds in bedrooms will open to 30%, after an hour to 60%, and after another to 100%.
  3. While the window is open, the heating in the bathroom will turn off.
  4. At 8pm, the temperature will drop from 22 ℃ to 20 ℃, but the bathroom floor will remain comfortably warm until 11pm.
  5. When you press the OneTouch rule activator mounted at the exit door, the set temperature in all rooms will drop to 18 ℃, the blinds will close in the living room and dining room, and the lights will turn off.

To implement these scenarios in our example home – in addition to the Internet gateway, application (free) and temperature thermostats – we need: a minimum of five Roller Shutters for automatic operation of roller shutters, an opening sensor for the bathroom, a button that activates the rule when leaving the house, smart plugs, the number of which depends on the number of lamps that are to turn off when leaving. So let’s assume that you need two Smart Plugs and a Smart Relay.

You can think about all this in no hurry and after making a decision enter it into the fields of the configurator

Fault detection

Sensors detecting home faults are part of the SALUS Smart Home series, which means that they require a gateway and an application to work. Depending on which, where and how many sensors we want to install, the following amounts must be multiplied:

How do these devices work? A smoke sensor detects smoke. A flood sensor detects water on surfaces or contacts. An opening sensor indicates which windows/doors have been opened and allows the heating to be turned off for ventilation. The devices in the system allow you to receive SMS messages about an event.

Summary

The offer is rich, but do you have to be rich to take advantage of it? SALUS Controls company offers customers not only exclusive premium lines, but also good for start, standard variants of products that work well and at the same time will be friendly for your wallet.

Use our configurator and check, which solutions best suit your needs. Data entered into the configurator will help you find out how many and which devices you will need to control your home and will create a rough estimate of the entire project.

What is important, the amounts will be approximate – calculated based on net list prices. Remember that our distributors will certainly offer you a favorable discount.

In case of any doubts, our well-trained installers and SALUS Controls technical team will be happy to advise you.

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