Five Must Have Fibaro Devices
There are literally thousands of Fibaro compatible devices in the home automation market. Even though they all play important roles in home automation, having the most basic yet important sensors in place makes your home safer and more convenient at an arguably lower cost. Here is a list of five impressive devices that will help you attain this goal faster.
- The Door/Window Sensor
To sense temperature, you will have to add a temperature sensor to the door/window sensor by securing the sensor’s leads onto the devices receiving ports with screws. This sensor will help control the cooling/heating system better by striving to balance between passive and active air conditioning as much as possible. With its ability to automatically trigger pre-programmed scenes, this device makes the automation of events a breeze. All you have to do is connect it to a normal switch or any other sensor and you have multiple devices and multiple ready to use scenes. Multiple clicks on the switch will let you browse through the available scenes.
This battery-operated device gives you the power of three in one. It is a motion sensor, a temperature sensor and a reed sensor. Its capabilities make it an appropriate device for monitoring the opening and closing of doors, gates and windows whilst the motion sensor makes it a vital tool for detecting motion in a given place.
The reed sensor will tell if the window or door is open. Feeding this information to the alarm system could help detect intrusion whilst feeding it to the air conditioner will help adjust the ACs output hence power consumption.
- Motion Sensor
Motion sensors are a perfect way of detecting activity in a given section or room. To many, motion sensors trigger the idea of buglers, intruders and unauthorized entry. Even though this is their fortress, using the output from theses sensors to control doors, the multimedia system, lights and showerheads are also viable uses.
What makes motion sensors second on our list is their ability to keep your home safe and intruder proof. Using the motion sensor to generate output for other devices in the house will make your house more energy effective and a happy place to be. For instance, you can program a scene that switches off lights past 9pm provided there is not motion in a room. This saves power.
Alternatively, you can hook up your multimedia system to a motion sensor in the living room and program a scene that pauses the movie when you leave the room and resumes when you re-enter.
Motion sensors, therefore, are perfect when you are interested in implementing scenes that act on the different motions, and their intensities, in a given room.
- Smoke Sensor
Safety always comes first. One of the most common safety hazards in a home would be fires. Using the Fibaro smoke sensor to detect fires early and trigger the alarm or automated fire extinguisher sprinklers could save you a fortune. The smoke sensor makes it to our top five list not because it is fancy – but because it is simple, functional and a worthy saviour.
Dimmers are basically progressive resisters. They will modify the current passing through depending on a setting. With the Fibaro dimmer, this input can either be from a mere click of a button, the results of another devices or the running of a scene. The most common use of the dimmer is in controlling the brightness of dimmable lights by controlling the amount of current going to the light bulbs.
The basics of a dimmer makes it useful in other scenarios. For instance, you can use it to control a heating element by merely controlling the power that gets through. You can modify the speed of a cooling fan by modifying the amount of current passing through. Their versatility and ease of use in a variety of scenarios that can be controlled by altering power makes them the ultimate multi tasks devices in any Fibaro Home Centre 2 system.
- Wall Plug
Do you want to regulate the power drawn from your wall sockets automatically? Then the Fibaro Wall Socket is the right tool for the job. They are small and neat. They fit flush onto any wall socket making them look like they belong.
You can control the amount of power flowing through the plug hence keeping delicate appliances like laptops and computers safe from power surges. With all the settings available on the Fibaro Home Centre application, you can always control power consumption by giving each appliance the amount of power output it needs to run optimally.
There is a wide variety of Fibaro or Z-Wave compliant sensors in the market. With each sensor playing an integral role in a system, choosing the right pieces will always help you attain the desirable automation idea in your home. Taking into consideration the compatibility and multitasking capabilities of each device will help you attain high levels of functionality at an amicable cost.