There are too many home automation platforms out there that praise their comfort functions and power measurement capabilities but forget the bottom line: the operational cost. With energy costs on the rise, low power systems are the way to go and so we created our system with this in mind. For instance, our Output Module only uses bi-stable relays which basically means that the relay only uses power during the “click” itself, while regular relays consume power continuously when toggled on. And since the fuse box is typically not visible at all times all LEDs will turn off after a while. Combine that with power efficiency thought through to the component level and we can safely say that an OpenMotics system only uses 20% of a typical installation.
The OpenMotics hardware and Cloud Management platform are easily installed and configured. Using the step-by-step setup wizard you’ll have your switches linked to your lights, heating plans set up, moods created and floor plans uploaded in no time. The hardware components have been designed to be easily cabled and mounted so feel free to do it yourself. Don’t forget to check your local regulations and take the necessary precautions as this includes working in your fusebox. Don’t let this put you off though; we’re here to help you every step of the way. And remember: safety first!
The more ways a home automation platform gets its input, the smarter it can be. With the available sensors we’ve made sure to place another set of possibilities at your fingertips. Temperature sensors that feed the Thermostats that in turn control the heating valves. Humidity sensors that will let the system know when to automatically turn on the fan and when to turn it off again. And last but not least light sensors that tell the system whether or not an external light source is present.
All of the OpenMotics hardware has been designed with the user in mind. Why have large, expensive modules with many capabilities when you’ll ever only a fraction of them? We believe simple & transparent better fits the needs of our users and that’s why we choose to have compact and straightforward hardware instead. Typically you’ll find that each module has its own dedicated function and off course you can add modules whenever required.