Home automation, smart home technology and the connected home are all terms that have been thrown around a lot in the last year and if you are still wondering what it all means check out this video below.  Rob May of Sounds Good Audio & Video Solutions explains what it means and how it can work in your home. 

1. The Basics

  • Home Automation involves taking all the elements in your house and controlling them centrally from an iDevice, Android or in wall touch panel.

2.  The Heart of Home Automation: The System Controller

  • Elements in your home i.e. music, heating, lighting get connected to the system controller
  • Prices range from: $1500-$3500
  • A good contractor will help you pick the right one for your home.
  • Adding elements to the system controller as modules costs between $500 – $10,000, depending on size of the house and system.
  • A good contractor will hide all cables and hardware away for you inside cabinetry, a basement or furnace room.
  • The controller should be installed inside a metal equipment rack where it can be easily moved and ventilated.

3. The Living Room

  • Typically home automation starts here
  • People can control their television, cable, DVD player, Apple TV, etc. from a universal remote, iDevice, etc.

4. Lighting

  • One of the most popular elements of home automation
  • Turn lights throughout your home on and off remotely
  • Potential for energy savings i.e. tricking the system to work at a maximum of 60 per cent when you turn the lights on and off
  • Set timers so lights come on at specific hours
  • Retrofit is simple: You can swap your old light switches for home automation ones

5. Whole Home Music

  • Add keypads and speakers into the rooms where you want to hear music and at the click of a button you can have your favourite tunes playing throughout the house or in one room.

6. Costs

  • Wiring: $500-$3000
  • Labour for final install is typically $1000-$5000
  • Budget at least $5000 to get started in smart homes but think closer to $15,000 to really make an impact.

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