Planning Your New Construction Smart Home
When building your new home it’s critical you make sure it has the capabilities to allow you total control of all of your electronics.
The brain of your home is the wiring, so you want it done correctly. The type of cables and wiring you have is very important because you need to make sure it has the ability to carry the proper information to the many devices that rely on it. A/V Technicians are different from electricians, and we are able to make sure your home has the proper wiring to transmit data for today and tomorrow’s technology.
Communicate your intentions of each room to your Builder in the planning stages, so he can make sure experts install high-quality wiring and cables. By doing this, you can integrate all of the smart home features and controls you desire.
Smart Home Controls Integrated During New Construction
Indoor and outdoor lights can be controlled with Savant or Lutron. This integration device allows you to program lighting scenes during different times of the day. Program certain lights to come on in the breakfast area each morning while turning off the porch, landscaping and motion lights when the sun rises.
Find out why Richmonders love their smart home lighting.
Lights aren’t the only thing you can control. Savant and Lutron also offer automated shades that you can program to open and close at designated times of the day. If you have windows in your two-story room and want to decrease the afternoon glare, install automated shades, and adjust the shades to your liking with the touch of a button.
When building your new home, survey which rooms you will want speakers installed. Many customers want speakers in their kitchen, family room, bedrooms, dining room and other entertaining areas such as decks and porches. It’s common now for Richmonders to want to take their entertaining to the outside, which includes adding outdoor speakers, like Coastal Source Audio to your property.
By having speakers installed during new construction, the correct wires can be pulled so your devices are more easily integrated. You can then enjoy streaming music throughout your smart home whenever you want.
Cameras can be installed both inside and outside your smart home and monitored and controlled conveniently via an App on your smartphone. The App makes it easy to access the cameras and control them from anywhere in the world!
Sensors can be added to your windows to alert you when they’re open or glass breakage occurs. Security systems allow you to monitor windows, and everything else, including:
- Windows (Glass breakage)
- Smoke Detectors
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Water Valves
Automated locks can also be controlled via an App on your smartphone. Locks such as the Kevo Touch-to-Open Smart Lock and the 925 Kevo Touch-to-Open Smart Lock are favorites. Both of these models are compatible with Amazon’s Alexa. These locks can be activated and controlled by key, touch, or App. Receive notifications on your smartphone when your house door is accessed and unlocked.
Many customers prefer an automatic thermostat like Nest. Automated thermostats give you the ability to program and control heating and cooling systems via your smartphone. For example, the thermostat can be turned down during the day when no one is home. Before heading home, access the App and program the thermostat so your smart home can be heated or cooled to the selected temperature when you return.
New Construction + Smart Home Integration
Once you determine the electronics you want integrated into your smart home, carefully plan their placement in each room. Your builder can subcontract the proper experts to install correct wiring and cables for your electronics.