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Home automation: a technology that automates the home


Are you wondering what home automation is for ? What is his interest ? How to set up a home automation system in your home for better energy management and greater comfort? This article will answer your questions.

Definition of home automation, history and use in the house

Home automation is a set of technologies used to equip the home with electronics, telecommunications and other connected gadgets . Its function is to optimize the actions of everyday life, to better manage energy, multimedia and security. Indeed, home makes it possible to automate and communicate your equipment.

Appeared in the 80s, home automation continues to improve to offer innovative systems. Alarm , heating , shutters , lighting ,automation is installed for good in our homes. And makes our life easier.

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Home automation: how a connected home works?

connected house is organized around the control center. Via a touch screen on smartphone or tablet , you control the electrical installations of the house. Switch on a light, adjust a  thermostat , roll out a blind, everything is done in a few clicks.

 In order to optimize the automation management of your home, it is also possible to organize order scenarios. Indeed, you can program the lighting, create different atmospheres in each room or control the temperature of each electric heater .

Home automation is also a connected system making it possible to secure private property. So you can installdetectors alerting any intrusion and surveillance cameras communicating with the interior of your home.

The advantages of installing a home automation system

connected home makes it possible to reduce its energy consumption thanks to permanent monitoring. Indeed, the touch screen management will keep in memory the history of your consumption. So you can visualize your data and adapt your habits. 

Another advantage: remote control. From your computer or  smartphone , you can for example trigger the opening of your roller shutters , the lighting of your front door or the heating of your living room.

Home automation, how much does it cost?

Are you planning to have a home automation system installed in your home?  automation boxes  are now offered by specialised companies. Available for sale or rented as a package or as a package, prices  range from 150 to 1,500 depending on the service provider.
Here are some price ideas for each automation element in the house.

  • Motorization of shutters : between 350 and 500 euros
  • Portal : between 300 and 1,450 euros
  • Garage door motorization : between 200 and 450 euros
  • Motorization of a patio awning : between 200 and 550 euros
  • Thermostat : between 90 and 450 euros
  • Movement detector : between 100 and 300 euros
  • Surveillance camera : between 70 and 500 euros
  • Opening detector : between 20 and 90 euros
  • Transmission relay: between 30 and 80 euros
  • Automation of a lighting network of 10 switches: around 500 euros
  • Presence detector lighting: on average 50 euros per light
  • Smoke detector : between 20 and 60 euros

Note: the price of installing an automated garage door varies greatly depending on the material of the structure. For steel, count between 400 and 3,900, for aluminium between 500 and 4,000 , for PVC around and for an automated wooden garage door, count between 800 and 3,000.

Thus, the  overall price of a automation installation is to be calculated according to the characteristics of the system and the layout of the house. The price will also depend on the dimensions of the home, the installation costs, the type of technology to be installed, as well as the brand chosen. Do not hesitate to ask for quotes from several companies before making your choice.


Home automation has meanwhile proven to be much more than a trending technology for rich people. The status monitoring of your home and adapting help you to several viewpoints. You can thus save a lot of energy. 

From your smartphone, you check the status, but also the consumption of different devices and systems in your home. After a limited intervention – it is no longer necessary to demolish to install a home automation system – you can save a lot in the long run. Plus, you always have control over your ‘smart home’!


With home automation , you have control over many devices. From your smartphone, you adjust the lights and can even choose a cool color. A smart thermostat gives you the option of setting up a weekly schedule or changing it when you go abroad. Want to hear your favorite songs when you get home? Home automation allows it!

So for many devices in your house there is a smart version. But the downside of all of these, made by different manufacturers, is that they can’t communicate with each other . Fortunately, this is entirely possible with a good home automation system.

In this way, you can make multiple devices interact:

  • Are you leaving your house? All the lights go out and your heating turns off.
  • Our sensor measures that it is hot enough and the sun is shining enough inside? In this case, it automatically adapts the temperature, so that you do not consume too much.
  • Did you leave a window open? The window sensor automatically detects this and sends you a message if a storm is looming on the horizon.
  • Is your TV or game console still on after the children have left the room? Our presence sensor then sends a signal to the system to indicate that no one is in the room where the devices are connected.


Thanks to a well-integrated home automation system, you always have a perfect overview of your electricity consumption . In addition, ONE provides meters for water and gas consumption! This gives you an accurate picture of your total consumption and can detect energy-consuming devices. All sockets equipped with a ONE terminal block (which communicates with the home automation system) appear in the home automation app. Do you realize that the television or the computer are still on standby? You can turn them off remotely, from your smartphone.

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