Smart Technology to Consider for Your New Custom Home
Before Your Home’s Complete, Make Sure You Plan for Home Automation and Networking
If you’re working with a builder to create your dream home near Carmel, IN, now is the ideal time to plan for home automation. Why? It’s more challenging to create a centralized system in your home’s infrastructure after walls are finished over.
By installing a professional system, you’ll have a home controlled from one app that performs countless jobs—checking surveillance cameras and selecting music, for example.
So, what technology should you think about adding to your new home automation system? And what does the installation entail?
Home Automation Possibilities
Now’s the time to consider what you’d like to achieve with a smart system. Maybe you want to bring multi-room audio to every corner of your home (and outdoors too), where your favorite playlists or vinyl records can flow through every area. And if you’re a minimalist? This would be a good time to wire for in-wall and in-ceiling speakers.
Other avenues to consider are adding motorized shades and smart lighting, which offer health and wellness benefits along with energy conservation perks. You can also automate your heating and cooling from the same system app.
Will you be looking for smart security devices like cameras, alarms, and motion sensors? Maybe you’d like smart control of your TV screens and home theater. A technology integrator can sync all of these systems to access from one app.
Pre-Wiring and Low-Voltage Wiring
To achieve a fully automated home, you’re going to want low-voltage cables pre-wired into the walls. But what is pre-wiring? Essentially, pre-wiring runs low-voltage cables throughout the house before the drywall is installed. Low-voltage cables are used explicitly for digital technology and communication equipment, including speaker wires, RG-6 coaxial cabling (for TVs and surveillance), or Cat-6 wires (for your home network, phone, or surveillance system).
As technology evolves, you may want to expand your smart system in the future. A low-voltage contractor can prepare your house for that. Maybe you want to start with just audio and lighting, dipping into climate control later on. Pre-wiring your home allows for more flexibility.
A Wired Network Connection
A reliable wired network is the backbone of any home automation system. Your newly built smart home will run flawlessly if you include a wired home network, running the right internet cables to necessary spaces. You won’t have to worry about your smart devices clogging the Wi-Fi signal, and you’ll ensure everything from your surveillance cameras to smart TV is connected.
Ready to start a new life with home automation? Contact Digital Home Design here to discuss your new house’s plans and how we can help you today.