6 Things Everyone Wants in Their KNX Smart Home

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What is a KNX smart home?

KNX is an international open standard for building automation. It’s one of the most popular protocols for home automation. 

What makes it stand out is that it’s been around for more than 30 years already and the network logic where each device is smart in itself and doesn’t rely on other parts in order to function. One big advantage: if one unit fails, the others can still proceed with their daily business. KNX is a no-brainer when building a new home, since it’ll substantially decrease your energy consumption and increase your productivity.

Here are the results of the Cost Calculator that consist of a couple thousand people that have finished it so far. 

We’ve extracted 6 features that most people want:

  1. Voice control

Voice control is practical for many situations, and with an assistant such as Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant by your side, it’s fun as well. The sales of smart speakers are going through the roof and it isn’t surprising that 63% of the people wanted the ease of hands-free control in their home.

  1. Hazard prevention system

Having smoke, leak and carbon monoxide detectors set up and connected to your smartphone brings peace of mind. Who doesn’t want that? Leak sensors come especially handy as they detect unwanted water, alerting you to potential leaks near washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters and other areas. Almost everyone (72,7%) want this in their smart home.

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  1. Alarm

Alarms used to be all the rage, but now just over half of the people (57%) wanted it. It looks like people are slightly more afraid of damage from fires/floods/storms, than being alerted when someone breaks in, or they have security already covered in another way.

  1. Android and iOS mobile apps

Having a mobile app to check on device status or control them screams smart home. We’ve noticed that the Apple ecosystem is slightly more popular than Android, but most people have mixed users in their family and want both. 

The 1Home Bridge (Apple and KNX certified) device is a great choice for Apple users to extend their smart home with Apple HomeKit.

  1. Smart intercom

Owning a smart intercom is basic equipment for most smart homes as 80% of the people chose it. It adds a certain flair when it comes to having control over the front door when you’re at home or away.

  1. Smart displays

​​Displays are a must-have in at least one room it seems, and they are incredibly handy, especially in the hallway. Smart displays mounted on walls allow for easy management of heating/cooling, room control or checking up on any device without needing to check your phone.


It’s interesting to know that most homeowners (almost 90%) are smarting up a house, not an apartment, and more than half (65%) are building a new home, not renovating. However, this isn’t surprising since most apartments are rented and don’t allow for bigger adaptations, let alone drilling the walls and exchanging the wiring for KNX cables to add building automation and smart devices.

Estimated cost

Most homes fell into the category of 15-20k € for the cost of planning, equipment, advising and KNX programming. 

According to our interviewees (people that have just finished building their KNX home), this estimation was much less than what they paid for their installation. This is due to our highly optimised process where electrical wiring is done at the same time as KNX wiring and everything is pre-programmed by our professionals.

Smart Home Cost Calculator

Feel free to calculate the cost of your future smart home or check how much you’ve overpaid for your KNX home: https://www.1home.io/new-smart-homes/calculator/

How does it work? You set the size of your home/apartment, number of rooms and pick through different products and features you would like integrated. At the end you get an estimated price of your future KNX smart home.

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