Rewiring Your Home For The Future

Posted on: 13 January 2016

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If you're remodeling or building a new home, you have many options to consider. One feature that can make your new or remodeled home more functional and valuable is integrating technology into your design.  Homes being built or remodeled today need to accommodate today's technologies and the technologies of the future.

This process starts with wiring your home for the future.

Structured Wiring

For decades, it was standard practice to "daisy-chain" electrical wiring throughout a home. These daisy chains work like hardwired extension cords, plugged from one extension to the next. Wiring your home this way might be initially cheaper, but it can make it harder to modify your electrical systems and/or diagnose potential electrical issues.

Structured wiring hard wires all wiring in your home to one location. Not only does this make it easier to upgrade or change your system (everything needs to be updated eventually), but it makes it far easier to diagnose any electrical problems that might arise. In addition to having your electrical wires funnel to one location, you can also have your electrician run other wiring to this location:

  • Cable-TV, Phone, or Internet
  • Phone
  • Satellite-TV or Internet
  • Fiber Optic-TV, Internet, Phone

Having your wiring flow to one location can make it easier for your electrician to more efficiently wire your home. 

CAT-5 & RG6 Quadshield Wiring

In addition to structured wiring your home, you should consider adding specific wiring to suit your entertaining, networking, and technology needs:

  • CAT-5 (Category 5) wiring twists voice, data, and electrical wires together. This wiring solution delivers faster data streams and voice streams, while maintaining the fidelity of your electrical signal throughout your home.
  • RG6 Quadshield wiring is designed to deliver high-speed video streams directly to coaxial ports throughout your home. Because RG6 wiring is designed specifically for video data streams you can efficiently wire your home to deliver video streams from a smart video device throughout your home without compromising the signal's reliability or quality.

Surround Speakers

With the advent of the wireless technology, streaming music throughout your home, from a variety of devices, has never been easier. This trend is only likely to grow in the future. Surround speaker systems can be installed throughout your home to allow you to stream music or to create a home theater experience.

If you opt for a surround speaker system, consider having your electrician add the following options:

  • Smart Switches allow you to control the speaker volume, in each room, from a sliding switch or knob built-in adjacent to each room's light switch. Having the option to control volume levels in each room can be invaluable when you want to moderate volume levels.
  • Home Theater—Your electrician can help you transform a living room or other space into a home theater with a few cleverly placed speakers. When choosing speakers for a home theater system, it's important to have your electrician install thick-gauge audio wiring (the lower the number, the thicker the gauge) and a "complete" audio system if possible.

USB Outlets

The average American consumer owns four digital devices.  All of these digital devices require electricity to function and most have re-chargeable batteries. Virtually every digital device is designed to be plugged into a USB power source. Having your electrician install USB ports into your home's electrical outlets will allow your family to plug in all of their digital devices without having to lug around a charger everywhere they go.

Your modern lifestyle demand different electrical needs. If you're remodeling or building a home, it's important to consider your electrical needs for today, tomorrow, and the future to come. Contact a company like Nicholas Electric Co for more information.