Over the next three years, Australia’s love affair with in-home technology is set to double, with research indicating the average Australian home will have over 30 connected devices, up from around 14 in 2017 – Home Automation Sydney.
For anyone building or planning a new home that means establishing the right smart home infrastructure is a must. The buyers, renters and the general population are not only going to expect smart home capability but demand it.
So if you’re planning or building a new property here’s what you need to know.
Consider your infrastructure
While most products within a smart home have wireless capability, building a home allows you to plan wiring and connection points from the outset.
As the NBN Co explains: “A smart home is quite different from the house you currently live in. It’s about more than just surfing the web, communicating with friends and family, running your business, and entertainment. It’s about empowering you with full control and command over your home through connected devices”.
That means considering what the future may bring, be factoring in items like where you will require Smart TV sockets, how many internet connections points you need, where to position your power points, and how to run any required cabling like HDMI cords between smart devices.
Planning out these requirements as you build your home allows you to ensure everything is in the optimum position for now and into the future.
“Future-proofing is a vital way to not only save money in the short-term but ensure the long-term value of your property for resale or rent,” NBN Co notes.
Know your internet
By 2020 every Australian house will be connected to the NBN, meaning the general population will have faster internet with greater bandwidth capability.
This will accommodate most of our new technology, but have you considered your wireless capability within a house? Will you require wireless boosters, or additional internet connection points to combat black spots and the distance from your router?
While boosters can be readily retrofitted it’s easier to incorporate fiber optic cabling for enhanced internet access at the building stage rather than adding it in later.
Consider your features
The best way to truly implement a streamlined smart home is to plan out the features you would like to utilize in advance with Home Automation Sydney. These can be broadly broken down into two areas:
Fixtures – like smart garage doors, self-opening and closing curtains, smoke alarms, security, and temperature control.
Gadgets – Such as Smart TVs, internet connected refrigerators, computers, hubs, and gaming.
This involves considering what you would like your home to do and how you wish it to be programmed, automated and controlled.
Do you wish to not only know the temperature within your house but have it automatically respond and/or be controlled remotely at the push of a smartphone button?
Sourcing and installing the sensors and enactors that enable the operation of such features should be part of your considerations as you build.
Meanwhile measuring, purchasing and purpose-building for your gadgets may also be prudent at the building stage, ensuring you have just the right cavity size for your smart fridge, and acquire just the right wall mount for your smart TV.
Incorporating smarts into your building at construction stage is an investment in your current lifestyle and your property’s future value, as there’s little doubt the smart home is something buyers will soon come to expect.
Lera Smart Home Solutions is a leading installer of smart home technology in the greater Sydney region. Our team boasts over 20 years experience in IT networking, programming, and the electrical industry, Home Automation Sydney.
We can work with you during the building process to ensure your smart home infrastructure and features not only meet your expectations now but suit the requirements of the future