We take care of ourselves every day, but we forget that the buildings where we spend most of the day, especially during the pandemic period, also require maintenance. According to statistics, Lithuanians spend on average only 15 percent of their income on housing maintenance and utilities compared to the EU average, while over 60 percent of their total income is allocated to investments in health, beauty and other convenience measures. We do not even think that houses are like a living organism: without sufficient care, their quality deteriorates, they wear out, care is needed more and more, but we do not always make use of the technological possibilities that we could use to make life easier for ourselves and keep the quality of buildings impeccable.
A frequent resident of the house is considering how to reduce the resources used, save energy, see all the statistics of the resources consumed by the house. A residential house with technology to control devices and systems would make life easier and called a computerised smart house would be the start of new opportunities.
So what are the features of a “smart” house?
The fact that it is installed in the control signals of various systems and devices that exchange information with each other. Modern houses have various systems such as central heating, fire and security alarms and devices: TELEVISION, light devices that usually function separately from the system. In an adaptive house, these systems and devices can exchange information and commands, such as the fire system turns on or off the light, causing a fire alarm.
More efficient building management – a simpler life
Houses with installed information systems not only ensure the safety and quality of the house, but also bring benefits to the resident. Such buildings can significantly reduce energy consumption, facilitate administrative work, save time, help to find or prevent failures more quickly. With the introduction of such systems, residents themselves can control the access of heat to the premises, intelligently monitor and control energy consumption, view reports.
Lack of information and fear of innovation
Why these systems are implemented is not yet a common phenomenon in apartment buildings there are several aspects. One of the main ones, I think, is fear of innovation and lack of knowledge. The majority of the population is not aware of such systems or has heard very little and considers it very costly or practically impossible to introduce such a system. It is understandable that the population does not want to allocate additional funds to systems that they have not heard about, but the benefits for the population can exceed expectations. It is true that these systems, like renovation works, do not pay off within a year, but they are a long-term investment. First of all, it is necessary to start with communication between home saviors and housing managers. It is important to exchange information, communicate and not stop interested in innovation, because as they say ,,Standing water sours”.