The Loxone Standard
Affordability is at the heart of what we do here at Loxone. We believe that everyone should be able to enjoy a smarter home, regardless of the size of your house or budget. This is why we developed The Loxone Standard: a definitive guide to how to get the most smart house for your money!
YOUR SMART HOME ESSENTIALS
We know that building or renovating a home can be a costly project, and with so many important decisions to make, things can get a little confusing! This is where the Loxone standard comes in!
The Loxone standard defines a minimum set of sensors and switches that we recommended are installed to create the ideal smart home environment. It strives to ensure a balance between enjoying a wide range of features and keeping costs down, meaning that you can enjoy maximum smart home for the minimum cost!
In order to benefit from the main functions of a smart home, we recommend including the following components in every room: a switch, door and window contacts, a presence sensor and a temperature sensor.
The Door & Window Contacts
Simply integrated and attached to your door or window frame, door and window contacts are an essential part of your smart home. We strongly recommend that you install door contacts on all extnernal doors in your home, as well as any windows which are easily accessible.
The top three reasons why door & window contacts are a Loxone standard:
Reason 1: Alarm Sensors
With a contact on all windows and doors leading to the outside of your home, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that should any intruders gain entry through these doors or windows, your Miniserver will alert you immediately by calling you on your phone.
Reason 2: Save Energy
If you have the heating on and decide the open the window, the Miniserver will respond and lower the temperature in that room, meaning that you get all the fresh air that you like without the large heating bill!
Reason 3: Security Check
Let's say you go to bed or out to work and you're can't remember if all the doors and windows are closed. In a smart home, there's no need to rush home to check or traipse around your home checking that everything's closed. Just take a quick look at the Loxone app on your smartphone.
The Presence Detector
Mounted on the ceiling, a presence sensor can react to the presence of people in any room of the house. The presence detector forms the basis for countless smart home functions.
The reasons why a presence detector is a Loxone standard:
Reason 1: Alarm
With a presence sensor in every room of your smart home, you can always keep an eye on your house, even when you're out. Should an intruder enter your home, the presence sensor will trigger the alarm, and you'll receive a call from the Miniserver on your phone. Better safe than sorry!
Reason 2: Automatic Lighting
Whether it's a utility room or walk-in wardrobe, presence sensors are great for spaces where just want to walk in and back out without worrying about finding the light switch. How does it work? The presence sensor registers when you enter the room and the Miniserver responds by switching on the light. The light remains on for as long as you stay in the space, and then turns off when you leave.
Reason 3: Time-dependent Lighting
It's the middle of the night and you get up to use the bathroom. Instead of being half-blinded by the bright bathroom light, in a smart home, the Miniserver ensures that dimmed lights provide enough illumination for you without dazzling you.
Reason 4: Save Energy
Did you know that a light switched on and forgotten is energy sin #1? With a presence sensor, you can forgot all about this happening to you...if the presence sensor detects that no-one is using a room, the light will be turned off. No more scary electricity bills!
Reason 5: Automatic Music
Wouldn't it be nice to walk into a room and have the Miniserver turn on your favourite music. Instead of having to constantly turn radios and speakers on and off as you walk through the house, with presence sensors, your music can follow you throughout your home. Had enough? A simple click of the switch on the wall and it's instantly turned off.
The Temperature Sensor
With a temperature sensor in every room, the temperature of each room can be accurately recorded, monitored and adjusted. Temperature sensors are inexpensive and easily placed behind switches.
The reasons why temperature sensors are considered a Loxone standard:
Reason 1: Individual Room Control
Individual room control is one of the best ways to save money on your heating bill; you only heat the rooms that you use, when you use them, so you can enjoy a warm bathroom in the mornings, without worrying about wasting money from heating your lounge. The Miniserver even knows when it needs to heat up and how much time is needed to achieve the perfect tempature.
Reason 2: Stay Cool
In a smart home, there are no overheated or stuffy rooms! If the specified comfort temperature is exceeded on hot summer days, the Miniserver can automatically activate your blinds to keep the sun out, or turn on the fan, so you and your home keep a cool head.
Reason 3: Energy Efficiency
Consider the following: it's 5 degrees outside and the sun is shining. The temperature in the living room is 21 degrees, but the setpoint temperature is 22 degrees. To save energy, your smart home resorts to using solar energy to heat the house.
Reason 4: Low Temperature Warning
When you open the window for a little fresh air, it's easy enough to forget to close it. When the temperature drops, for example, by 0.3°C an hour, your smart home alerts you to close the windows. No more wasted heat energy.
Reason 5: Statistics
With temperature sensors, the Miniserver knows and controls the current temperature in each and every room. But it's not just the current temperature. The Miniserver can record the temperature curve for you, for as many years as you like!
The Loxone Standard for every home
To ensure your smart home is as 'safe as houses', we recommend the implementation of the following:
- Wind Sensors to warn of approaching bad weather
- Rain sensors- alongside motorised roof windows to keep your home dry
- Door contacts for the garage, for security and access control
- Internet Connection- together with Cloud services to keep you updated when you're away from home
Reason 1: Remote Control
Control everything from a distance! With an internet connection and the Loxone app, remotely controlling your smart home is easier than ever.
Reason 2: Remote Access
Imagine this: You're away on holiday, maybe soaking up the sun on the beach, and you receive a call to say someone's at your door. Via the Loxone app, you can open the door for neighbours to drop off your mail, feed the cat, or open the garage to let the delivery driver drop off your parcel.
Reason 3: Stay Informed
With the Loxone Caller Service, you can rest assured that the Miniserver is keeping an eye on things at home, even when you're not. Receive instant calls or texts when a window is left open or the burglar alarm is triggered. Please note: you'll need an internet connection to use the caller service.
Reason 4: Weather Service
With the Loxone Weather Service, you will get accurate weather information and save yourself from buying an expensive weather station! Your smart home can use the weather data to adjust your heating automatically.
Reason 5: Spring Forward, Fall Back
With an internet connection, your Miniserver will automatically adjust when the clocks change. No more fiddling about with the boiler controls to adjust the heating- just sit back and relax whilst the Miniserver takes care of everything for you.
Reason 1: Safety & Security
A contact for your garage door is standard when it comes to home security. Should an intruder gain access through your garage, you will be immediately alerted on your smartphone.
Reason 2: Free Memory Function
One of many advantages of a contact on the garage door: you've left it open and it's starting to get dark, so your smart home sends you a reminder and asks you if you'd like to close the garage door...yes please!
Reason 3: Check on the go
"Honey, did you remember to close the garage door?" We have the answer: whip out your smartpone and check the Loxone app! Forgotten again? No problem, with a motorized garage door, your can close it on the go!
Reason 1: Automatic Window Closure
You're out at work and have the windows open. Luckily, your rain sensor detects a storm brewing and the Miniserver responds by closing all the windows, resulting in a nice dry home and less stress for you!
Reason 2: Early Warning
With a rain sensor on the roof of your home, you can be sure that you're the first to know when it starts to rain. If you have a pull-out awning over your patio, you'll receive a call to your smartphone advisng you to close it before it is damaged.
Reason 3: Automatic Rain Protection
Inacessible windows such as those above the stairs are tricky to reach to close when it starts raining. With a rain sensor, you can leave this worry behind and they can be opened and closed automatically.
Reason 4: Deactivate the sprinklers
For all gardeners: The Miniserver communicates with your lawn sprinklers, so that when it rains, the sprinklers take a break. When it starts to dry up, the sprinklers spring back into action.
Reason 5: Other Applications
An example for those lucky enough to enjoy their own pools: the Miniserver also communicates with your pool control, so if it begins to rain, the pool cover can be closed automatically, keeping leaves and unwanted unwanted debris out of the pool.
Reason 1: Storm Protection
Whether venetian blinds, shutters or canvas awning- if you have them, protect them against storm damage. Got a prize winning bonsai tree or just a temperamental washing line in your garden? A wind sensor can automatically retract your blinds and awning and send you a warning to get the washing in before your socks end up in the neighbour's garden...again.
Reason 2: Weather Warning
It's not just the outside of your home that can be affected by a storm. A wind sensor can pick up on approaching gales and can stop your curtains being blown out of the windows by the wind and knocking over everything in their path.
Reason 3: Safety in the Garden
Whether it's garden furniture, children's toys or plants, a wind sensor can communicate with the Miniserver to give you an early warning to bring things into the house which might be damaged or spoiled by heavy rain and high winds.