Primarily, homeowners want a fully integrated and unified automation system that ties together TV’s, audio, climate control,lighting,security, cameras, door locks, etc. Many newer homes have “structure wiring”. Smart homes require space for equipment so if you want your entertainment, lighting, communications and security systems connected and accessible from your portable electronic devices plan a closet or space with easy door access for this additional equipment. This hub is where all the cables from Cox, CenturyLink or a satellite dish are interconnected to the outlets in each room. New wireless equipment is available that is more compact but planning is necessary. In larger homes especially there may be dead spots. Add accordingly for wi-fi output.
Video doorbells, cameras monitored by your cell phone can add security and peace of mind. A single keypad can replace many switches. Alexa added to speakers gives invisible control. Window treatments that are motorized can be added during the wiring phase.
Some local companies are:
Desert Valley Audio Video (has showroom)
Insight Home Solutions
Creative Sound and Integration
Tip: Crestron’s iPhone app can be programmed to control security, HVAC, lighting, music. An app can control your home from anywhere.
Tip: Nest Protect is a smoke and carbon monoxide detector that you can silence by waving your hand (in case it is just toast burning). It is also networked and can notify you via your Smartphone when the batteries are low!
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