If your new home is in the construction phase, it will probably get wired for home automation during the process. However, this must be done properly to save headaches and more expenses down the line. Good planning during construction will save time and effort in the future, as illustrated by the examples below. Work with an experienced and licensed electrical contractor for the best results.
Used for running wires for speaker wires, video cabling, and network cables, cable conduits should be installed wherever there might be the need for wires of any type. They are much easier to install while the house is being built as opposed to threading wires or cables through a wall after construction.
Deep Junction Boxes
Deeper junction boxes allow more space for users while accommodating larger in-wall devices. Ask the electrical contractor to also install and wire extra junction boxes at several locations. They can easily be covered with a faceplate if unused. In addition, they are much easier to install during construction than afterwards.
Your electrical contractor should run a neutral wire to every junction box. Even though most professionals customarily do so, making this request will make sure there is an available neutral wire, which is necessary for the majority of powerline home automation devices.
Even if you aren’t installing a whole house audio system initially, you should plan for it in the future and wire every room for in-ceiling or in-wall speakers. At some point in the future, you’re going to want to add whole house audio to your home.
There should be a compact wiring closet for the storage of distribution and patch panels and media servers that is centrally located. Also make sure that it is large enough for accommodating a rack and that there are sufficient cable conduits installed as many wires will terminate at this location.
Wired for 4K and Smart Home
As 4K or Ultra HD will eventually become the standard for video entertainment, install CAT6 or CAT7 cabling to future proof your new smart home.
Electrical Peace of Mind
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