Prepare a New House for Smart Home Automation
What to Do During the Build Process
As a professional home builder, you constantly think about the wants and needs of the future homeowner. As you know, more and more homebuyers are looking for smart home automation in their new residence. According to a Coldwell Banker survey, 44 percent want their new home to be ready for smart technologies, and that number continues to grow. Not only do homeowners want to enjoy the convenience and efficiency for the present day, but they also want to future proof their space to be ready for the technology to come. Frisco, TX buyers are no different. To learn more about preparing new construction for smart technologies, continue reading.
Establishing a wiring system compatible with smart home technologies is the most important step. Even if the first buyer doesn’t intend to live in a smart home, this base will add value to the home. Plus completing this task as the home is being built minimizes the possibility of cutting into the walls later to properly wire and is therefore a huge selling point. Below we list a few tips you’ll need to consider when prewiring a smart home:
- Smart homes require structured wiring. This type of wiring ensures that the whole home is equipped for home audio, networking, cable, etc. A structured wire network will allow the smart technologies to better communicate with one another and increase the speed and reliability of each solution. At a minimum, the structured wiring set should be a twisted set of CAT5 or CAT6 cables and two coax cables. These should run consistently throughout the house.
- It’s best to start wiring from a designated closest. Install a patch panel where the wires can be terminated and organized. An equipment rack can also be installed so that it is ready to house several pieces of equipment. This closet will become a centralized control cabinet for the smart home technologies.
- Run low voltage wiring throughout the house. This will set up a structure for cable, intercom systems, and security just to name a few of the systems requiring low voltage.
- During the wiring process, it’s best to have a plan for the smart technologies. System documentation will help you know what specialty cables need to go to which rooms. Working with a professional smart home integrator will ensure that this occurs.
Wiring and installing speakers during this time is also wise. It will lay a foundation for whole home audio, entertainment systems, dedicated listening rooms, or a dedicated home theater. First, you will need to install speaker wiring throughout the entire space.
Hidden speakers that fit into the walls or ceiling are very popular among homeowners and are easiest to install during the build process. Working with an audio professional will ensure that the speakers are placed in the best positions for the acoustics and use of the space.
Smart home automation is a new field requiring specialized knowledge. Finding a partner to help guide the building process ensures smart home success. Contact Crown Audio Video today to discuss the details.