Thinking About A Whole Home Automation Solution?
First Step: Hire a Professional
Perhaps you have been thinking about home automation for your Keller TX property. You have been reading about simplifying your entertainment systems, intelligent ways to manage lighting, and video monitoring to stay abreast of what’s going on in your home.
You may be wondering where to start. Home automation technology is advancing rapidly, and it’s important to understand some of the basics so you have the right infrastructure in your home for your present and future needs.
Some of the questions you might have are:
What are the differences in home automation vendors? What kind of wiring do I need? How do I make sure this is truly easy to use and not a tech nightmare?
For the answers to these questions – and many more – you will be best served by hiring a professional – like us – to handle your home automation needs. Read on to find out why.
Picking The Right Home Automation Solution
One of the hard things is choosing the right home automation platform for your needs. Most of them have similar feature sets, but there are differences when you get into the details.
For example, do you like the idea of using a touchscreen on a tablet or smartphone to control things? Or do you prefer a remote control with physical buttons for your entertainment system, and button pads on walls for your lights? Some vendors have a wide variety of control devices for home automation, and some are more oriented to touchscreen controls.
How many things will you want to encompass in your home automation system? Will it be entertainment, lighting, and climate only or a more comprehensive solution with motorized shades, pool and spa control, sophisticated video monitoring, smart locks, and precisely monitoring and controlling the environment in a wine cellar? Some systems are better than others in their ability to integrate a wide array of smart devices or services.
A professional installer listens to your desires, assesses how they might evolve in the future, and can recommend a system that will serve you well for the long term.
Getting The Right Infrastructure
Just like your home needs to be built on a solid foundation, so does a whole home automation solution. That foundation relies on the proper wiring for the network to support the right data bandwidth, as well as assuring robust network access for all the smart devices involved.
A professional will evaluate your home’s physical characteristics and devise a wiring plan that meets the requirements. That may mean running network wiring for a security camera that will be mounted on an outside corner of the house under an eave. It means running wiring for in-wall speakers to all the rooms you want included in a whole home audio system. It may also mean recommending a wireless solution in a particular area for audio, lighting control, or security if a wired one isn’t feasible due to cost or structural considerations.
If you are looking for hidden technology – perhaps wanting to hide a TV set when not in use – we identify some specific options for your builder or interior designer, as well as detail what requirements are needed. An example of that would be a movie screen that rolls down from the ceiling when you want to play a movie in a media or family room. We would specify exactly what the space and power requirements are, and work with your builder or contractor to install it in a way that fulfills your functional and aesthetic desires.
Are you ready to take the next step with whole home automation? Reach out to us here or give us a call at (817) 980-0347.