Technology is changing, and yesteryear’s electrical wiring and telecommunications systems are no longer suitable for many modern residents. From cable television systems to multi-room audio and entertainment sets, a variety of devices need to be hard wired into the home before they can be used to their full potential, both by homeowners, apartment residents, and office complex tenants.
For this reason, many home contractors are moving away from the standard fittings – electrical and phone wiring, underfloor television cables, and other basic cabling options – and instead fitting one or more ‘smart home system’ wires. These cables and wall outlets allow homeowners to quickly and easily attach and configure new pieces of technology for use in their home, apartment, or office.
The smart home system itself isn’t any one particular item, but a selection of different cabling and data transfer options included in today’s homes. These generally include special cables for audio or entertainment systems, special transfer and telecommunications cables for home security, and room temperature control cables for thermostats, air conditioning systems, and other climate devices.
We’ve looked at the most popular devices for the smart home system, and explained how they need to be installed in your home, why they’re so important, and the best ways to complete a smart home system in your residence. While the smart home system may sound ambitious and difficult for most homeowners, it’s really a wiring and communications system that every home should invest in.
The Smart Home System for Security
At the heart of any smart home system is security. Hundreds of thousands of homes are built each year with advanced security systems installed, often systems that outperform their older rivals and are vastly more capable. In a complete smart home system, users can configure their home security system to alert them to break-ins, home disturbances, and a variety of other undesirable events.
These security systems can also be configured to automatically dial a phone number when alerted, allowing your home to automatically reach police and other law enforcement agencies in the event of an emergency. This phone-based alert feature is also handy for keeping an eye on your home in times when you’re on vacation, at the office or another workplace, or unable to return home quickly.
Setting up smart home wiring for security in your home is relatively simple. The standard security system works in a similar way to that of a manual entry or burglar alarm, alerting owners using an incredible amount of sound or through a remote device. In a completely installation, the system is capable of ‘calling home’ and alerting you to any situations within seconds of being activated.
Smart Home Systems for Entertainment and Audio
For home entertainment gurus, the smart home system is very much a reality. With whole house audio systems now a fairly normal addition to the modern home, multi-room audio and television wiring is becoming fairly commonplace. However, many homes, particularly older homes, do not include any form of wiring across rooms for television signals or any other entertainment devices.
Thankfully, installing such a system is fairly simple. A variety of manufacturers now offer whole house audio systems, which are typically configured as part of an in-ceiling audio system or with their own external speakers. These speakers can be connected using internal wiring, which can be placed inside a home’s walls or underneath floorboards to link rooms with a single connection.
In advanced home audio and entertainment systems, controls for system volume and input source can be flush mounted into the wall, often alongside a lighting control. This allows home audio and entertainment systems to integrate seamlessly into a home’s design without needing excess control or amplification equipment. Again, this type of installation is typically fairly simple to carry out.
Phone and Communications Smart Home Systems
Communications have changed a great deal over the last two decades, leaving many ‘modern’ homes without even the most basic equipment. High-speed internet lines and wireless signal boosters, with a range of other items, are often excluded in homes. This results in costly installations and a variety of other issues when this type of cabling, these devices, and their ports eventually need to be used.
Most modern homes include an ethernet or phone line in every room, although many still lack this essential feature. A smart home system requires that every room, or at least every used room, has a point of connection to both phone lines and the internet. It’s often suggested that these phone lines should include a front door phone for entry, along with other hard-wired external phone points.
While outfitting a home with smart home system wiring and devices may seem like a fairly costly and difficult affair, it’s really rather simple. For new homes, older residences, or even small urban apartments, a smart home system can reduce difficulties, improve communications, and improve your own personal security.