What is structured wiring? Structured wiring is the a general term that refers to network of audio, data, video, television, telephone, home automation, and security wiring signals. Any home today can benefit from structured cable lines installed to provide the “smart” home we all dream of. While, we might all want a 21st century “smart” home getting the wires installed will always be easier during a new build or massive reconstruction where walls are removed. If you’re lucky enough to be building a home or considering the purchase of a new build then you need to consider what structured wiring must-have you need now in order to make your dream home function at its optimal level.
Determining what wires you want and what you could leave out will depend on your lifestyle, preferences and budget. The basics are a must. Everyone will want to have internet, cable, and telephone lines installed to complete their home and make it usable for themselves and when they go to sell. However, the additional luxury structured cable lines can be added or left out depending you’re your needs and budget.
Are you someone who loves to entertain and a day without music is a depressing though? Then consider speaker wiring. Speaker lines can be ran now and the surround sound equipment added at any point giving you an opportunity for the sound and tunes you love now or in the near future. Is your new home in a higher crime city or do you fear for your safety and desire protection? Then having security wires installed now will allow you to customize a security system when the home is finished. The security lines will allow you have hardwired equipment installed after the homes completion and the surround sound equipment; security products can be installed at anytime when you are ready. Best of all hardwired security equipment is still higher quality and less expensive than its wireless counterpart.
Now, the last structured wiring you should consider is for home automation. This is where you standard home because a smart home. Home automation can be as basic as lighting modules to as advanced as Google’s modern home where the refrigerator talks to you and send your smart phone notices of what’s left in the ridge. While most of us will not have that capability anytime soon, we can all benefit from basic home automation. The best and most useful home automation to consider is home lighting modules, HVAC controls, and garage and front door automation controls. This way you can turn your lights on and off even when you’re not home to add protection and convenience. You can control your homes heating and cool for comfort and money savings usage and you can open and control your homes doors and garages allowing visitors and staff into your home or yourself if you no longer wish to use keys!
While most builders have certified installers they wish to choose, any low voltage installer is qualified to install structured cabling lines. Consider your needs, wants and budgets and then start interviewing qualified installers to complete your cable lines before the dry wall is installed. Make sure to ask for references and receive several quotes so that you know you’ve made a sound decision and remember never pick someone just because they are the least expensive. References and middle of the road pricing are always the best choices.