As a homeowner, you are probably pondering the many issues to tackle in order to ensure that you and your household are safe, protected and comfortable at all times. That’s one of the benefits of living in a smart home – these things are already mostly automated for you! If you’re looking to make the switch to a smart home, here are a few important things you can’t afford to skip.

Smart Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors save millions of lives each year worldwide. If you do not have a smoke detector in each room of your home, be sure to install them before settling into your new residence and sleeping there. Keeping your smoke detectors working can help prevent fire-related hazards in your home. Additionally, smoke detectors can help to warn children and other members of your household of potential danger in the kitchen and other fire-susceptible areas throughout the house. A smart smoke detector has the additional capabilities of sending alerts to smartphones and tuning on the lights in the home to wake everyone up.

Smart Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide is a silent yet extremely deadly gas that causes household fatalities each year due to a lack of timely detection. Installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home or apartment is essential to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Smart carbon monoxide detectors connect with your smartphone and home lighting, and even send you low-battery alerts.

Individuals who succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning are often unaware of carbon monoxide in the air, leading them to remain oblivious to the poisoning itself. As carbon monoxide begins to build up in the body, victims simply become tired and unable to remain awake, which ultimately results in death. A carbon monoxide detector is vital to save lives in the event that carbon monoxide begins leaking into your own home.

Smart Home Security Cameras

Investing in home security cameras or a home security system is one way to add another layer of protection to both the interior and exterior of your property. A home security camera system does not have to feel invasive, especially with the ability to build your very own DIY home security system today.

With solutions such as Ring and other smartphone-enabled security apps and solutions, it is now easier than ever to track any area inside or outside your home. Even if you are not interested in an indoor home security system, you can install outdoor home security cameras to keep an eye on your front porch, your yard and surrounding areas.

Taking the time to invest in the safety and protection of your home and family is imperative. With the proper tools and protective gear, you and your home will be better prepared for and protected from potential trouble that may arise.

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Prewire installation calculations assume you would like your home fully wired for ALL home automation technologies shown throughout the budget calculator, including 'future-ready' wiring. Prewire pricing can vary substantially based on what features you would like in your home. The wiring budget is for low-voltage wiring, not for electrical.
Prewire pricing will vary based on exactly what features you would like in your home. Read this article about the importance of wiring/cabling in today's "wireless" world. Your local Smarter Homes integrator is the best resource for exact prewire pricing. Wiring budget is for low-voltage wiring only, not electrical.
Keep in mind that our modern lifestyle and our home's automation technology systems are extremely reliant on a quality network and Wi-Fi system. Most homes are moving towards enterprise-grade hardware and away from the types of network products you could buy in an office supply store or a consumer computer store. We recommend that all homeowners consider the network and Wi-Fi system to be the most important system and installation within the home.
Higher-quality sound or higher-grade architectural finished speakers can range from $5,000.00 to $10,000.00 PER ROOM
Basic background music system pricing ranges from $1,500.00 to $5,000.00 per room including all equipment, labor, and programming.
Range includes video sources such as AppleTV, a Blu-ray player, satellite receiver, and remotely-locating them for best aesthetics. A basic soundbar is included for better audio.
This is called “video distribution” and reduces the amount of audio/video equipment located at each TV location/room.
A surround sound system creates an immersive sound experience, much like a dedicated home theater room, though in a dual-purpose room such as a Family Room, Master Bedroom, etc. If you would like more than one surround system location, click on the "Add Another Surround System" button below
Typically, homeowners want to see the following areas: front of house, front door, driveway / gate, sides of house, and pool. If you are more concerned about security, you may want to add cameras for the perimeter of your property. Good-quality cameras see about 75 feet of distance on average. The high range of the budget estimate includes higher resolution cameras, better night vision, and longer surveillance recording time.
The installation of a lighting control system reduces wall clutter, allows preset lighting scenes at the push of a button, increases security through programming automation, and adds convenience.
Motorized shades add beauty, convenience, address privacy concerns, and can be used to save energy. If desired, provide your best guess on how many windows/shades you want to motorize. The higher-end of the budget range includes higher-end fabrics, large windows, and dual-roller shades (both sheer and privacy shades on one window).
For example, a house music app, an app to operate your TV, an app for lighting automation, an app for locks, an app for cameras, an app to open close garage doors & gates, etc. Or do you want to control the entire house through a single unified app that controls all the automation systems within the home?
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