Behind the walls, switches and electrical components built deep within your home lays the foundation of creating a smart home. With technology all around us, it is no surprise how fast the adaptation to smart wiring within a home is growing. Smart wiring allows for access to your lighting, temperature controls and even viewing your family while you are elsewhere. The extensive ability to walk into a room as it automatically illuminates, allowing the air system to adjust to your family’s comfort automatically or to be able to press a button and allow your shower to heat to the perfect temperature for you – there is a growing market for smart home component applications.

Smart wiring holds a few different meanings in today’s world.  Originally it was a way to bring certain wiring components into a single box (platform) so that the different zones throughout the house could be manipulated at a single point instead of having to physically move wiring, add wiring, change wiring, etc. In other words all the cable locations throughout the house would come into the panel, and the cable company could literally carry one wire from the cable service in the yard to the panel, and then hook up any of the stations that are required (ie. Greatroom, bedroom 1, den, etc.). This could be done with the phone lines, data lines, etc. This could also be a platform for media wiring for entertainment devices such as surround sound speakers, projectors, etc.

Today the idea of smart wiring goes a little deeper. With the technology available the device itself can play into this idea of “smart” with programmable thermostats that can be broken down to the zones of the home (with proper equipment installation), the ability to control thermostat, lighting, locks, etc. from a computer or smart phone.  Security cameras that can send streaming footage to our phones based on motion sensors, etc. or lighting that can be programmed to come on and off at certain times on certain days of the week. The possibilities are vast and can be customized to the specific needs of your family.

Additional features within the home are now adaptable to include refrigerators that can let you know you are out of a certain product, stovetops that indicate heat levels to you to prevent unnecessary burns, or determine if it needs to do a self shut-off. Even products like google home and alexa take the smart home one step further by implementing our inherent nature of inquisition to include the vocal interaction with smart devices. There are plenty of resources available if you would like to learn more about smart wiring your new custom home. Visit websites to learn more about Z-wave,  Moen Smart showers, or light bulbs compatible with Alexa.

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