Most builders, architects, and interior designers will have a problem creating a plan or budget to turn your house into a smart home. Unless you have a comprehensive smart home plan from the outset your home can become a collection of rooms with different technology in each. Offerings also change so rapidly that it’s tough for home owners to even know what’s available, much less if it works together or if it will be able to grow with you into the future. A technology integrator will be able to create a comprehensive smart home plan for new and existing spaces. The following tips will help you figure out what you want and how much it will cost…
Prioritize Which Technology Categories Are Most Important To You
Put the following categories in order of your preference…
- Whole house music systems
- House television systems with universal remote controls
- Home theater or surround sound systems
- Voice control
- Touch control
- Lighting control (dimmers, scenes, zones)
- Home Automation or “smart home” home control (Thermostats, Gas
Fireplaces, Garage Doors)
- Security cameras
- Burglar alarms
- Video Doorbells
- Communicating Door Locks
- Wi-Fi / home network systems
- Quick Clean Central Vacuum
Prioritize these for your technology integrator and create a budget for each category of technology.
Why Your Network / Wi-Fi System Are A Good Place To Start
Computers, laptops, televisions, game systems, phones, tablets, doorbells, speakers, security systems, and every other device that plugs into a wall or has a battery needs connectivity with your computer Network/Wi-Fi to function properly. Build a strong and secure networking foundation first! If you are going to splurge anywhere in your smart home budget, splurge on your network.
The More You Tell Your Technology Integrator, The Better The Plan Will Be
Every comprehensive smart home plan is custom! A good home technology integrator can listen to what you were hoping to achieve and assemble the right systems for your price, performance, aesthetic, and reliability needs. You can build your smart home in phases once you know what’s important to you and what the budgets are for your technology categories. Your integrator will know which order to complete the phases so you can achieve the best solution as the best price. Technology is ever changing and a technology integrator can make this process as easy on you as possible.
Are You Investing In The Right Convenience and Entertainment Options For Your Family?
Technology is playing a larger role in all our lives. Most Americans would rather temporarily lose electricity or running water than their Internet service. That being said… still many homeowners spend time and money building and maintaining pools, gyms, gardens, and formal living spaces when they really should be investing in more technology for their homes since they use it more. Homes with technology improve the enjoyment of those that live there and homes with poor technology are a source of constant frustration to you and your family!
SimpTech Solutions offers a full-range of services from audiovisual system design to installation and support. We have industry-certified AV system integrators on staff who are well versed in all the latest technologies and functional design.
About SimpTech Solutions
SimpTech Solutions operates as a residential and commercial electronics systems design and integration firm to deliver simple, flexible, and feature-rich technology solutions for customers across Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati.
Why Choose SimpTech Solutions?
Because we listen to you! Once we fully understand what you want, we can put together a solution to fulfill all your needs and your greatest desires.
- Guidance – The knowledge to educate you on the latest technologies available and discuss how they might benefit your lifestyle.
- Personalization – The skill to create or upgrade an electronic system that is uniquely yours.
- Convenience – All work from design to installation to user training is done for you. We handle all the details to bring you a great end result.
- Integration – The expertise to unite several separate electronic components together so they function as an easy-to-use cohesive system.