Building a new home or business is the perfect time to incorporate functional smart home wiring and lighting into the design. Smart devices and appliances help improve efficiency and convenience in a home, making them wirelessly accessible by phone. However, as smart technology stands today, many smart home wiring and lighting features still need to be hardwired into a home, and for that, you’ll need an electrician you can trust.
We’ve listed here a few of the smart home technologies commonly incorporated into new homes. While this is by no means a definitive list, it is a starting point to consider as you design your smart home system.
Smart Light Switches
Obviously smart light switches comprise both elements of smart home wiring and lighting, and for that reason alone they are a good place to start. Smart light switches are often the first hardwired element people add to the smart systems of their new homes. Smart switches replace existing light switches and allow you to control them with your phone. This allows you to control the lights in your home without even being there.
Smart Wall Outlets
Similar to smart light switches, smart outlets allow you to manage them remotely, meaning that anything plugged into them is at your command so long as your phone (and the associated app) is. Installation of the smart home wiring and lighting for these first two amenities is often on the same circuit, and that installation is a bit more involved than that of regular lights and outlets.
Smart thermostats are becoming a staple in new home construction. The convenience alone is worth any additional cost, and because smart thermostats allow you access the temperature regulation of your home wherever you may be, they are instrumental in energy conservation. Smart thermostat wiring is connected to a home’s HVAC system, so installation is easier while a home is being built and certainly something to leave to qualified professionals.
Smart Video Doorbells
Many new homes are electing to incorporate smart video doorbells into the smart home wiring and lighting systems of their new homes. In addition to being a good safety measure, letting you see who is on your porch before you open the door, it can also indicate when someone is at your house whether you are in your basement or in another state. Smart doorbells need to be hardwired into the home.
Smart Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Smart smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors will ping your phone if they are activated. This can alert you early on to call the fire department and take action even if you are not at home. While other smart devices are convenient, these have the potential to save lives and the substantial investment which is your home. Because these devices are so crucial to your safety and the safety of your home, trust the installation to the professionals.
Smart Sprinkler Controllers
While many smart home wiring and lighting elements are only “smart” in that they connect to your phone, smart sprinkler systems take it one step further. Such controllers replace your standard irrigation clock. They retain the functionality to turn on your sprinkler valves on a schedule, but they can also collect weather data from the internet to inform schedule changes to avoid watering in the event of rain.
To save yourself hassle in the future, the best choice is often to integrate smart home elements into your home’s wiring at the outset. Our Ferree Electric team services new buildings in the Eden, UT area, offering prompt and efficient installation. To receive your quote, give us a call today.