Home wiring is the single most important item in a home. Despite this fact, low voltage wiring is often one of the most overlooked low cost opportunities while building a new home or remodeling one. For those who don’t know, there are typically two types of wiring in a home, high voltage (120V or 140V) and low voltage (50V or less). Also referred to as structured cabling, low voltage wiring is used for a variety things like smart lighting, video doorbells, smart locks, TV, cable, home AV, phone, and network.
But unless your home was built within the last few years, there will not be much to work with in terms of existing wires and cables. And, even if it is new, often the amount of low voltage wiring in it, is not enough for the amount of technology in a home today. Fortunately, most low voltage systems can be retrofitted.
Why Is Low Voltage Wiring Important?
Whether you are building a new home, or embarking on a remodel or a retrofit, adding enough low voltage wiring is very important. That is, if you want the ability to add new technology down the road. That’s because this type of wiring will support things like audio visual system installations, home security cameras, security systems, and smart home automation, while also providing a network infrastructure that can easily be expanded and maintained.
When To Add Wire To Your Home
The best time to add wire to your home is when the walls are open. After all, the last thing you want to do is re-open the walls to just to run wire after the fact. For this reason, it’s important to consider what your current needs are while also taking into account, what you might need in the future.
Taking the right steps to plan for tomorrow’s technologies is the right way to building your home’s infrastructure. With the right infrastructure in place, your home will have the latest in home networking, entertainment, automation and control giving you the comfort and enjoyment you deserve.
Facts About Future Proofing Your Home:
The demand for home automation and technology in a home will only continue to increase:
- By offering upgraded wiring the marketability of your home increases
- Technology changes fast, keeping up with this trend means planning for future technology
- The only way to add new technology is to wire for it
- Wiring for future technology needs will save homeowners time and money (which also increases the marketability of your home)
- The biggest regret homeowners had after building
- Was that they did not prepare adequately enough to meet their ever-changing technology needs
- Three of the top five wish list items for new home buyers are