When it comes to earning a return on your home remodeling dollars, few projects are likely to increase your home's value like updating your electrical systems. These improvements, however, often require you revamp your electrical systems so that they will be compatible with recent and emerging technologies.
Here are some forward-thinking electrical remodeling tips to help your home remain compatible with the latest technologies and virtually guarantee a return of investment (ROI):
Home automation refers to technologies that allow you to pre-program or continuously program a host of systems in your home via your smartphone or other internet connected devices. Although this technology continues to improve and become more cost-effective, wiring your home to ensure that it's compatible with the technology can easily deliver a healthy ROI.
Installing a smart thermostat will allow you to control your home's heating/cooling systems via a variety of internet-connected devices. When choosing a smart thermostat it's important to consider:
Compatibility: not all smart thermostats are compatible with all heating/cooling systems. For instance, if your home lacks a central heating/cooling system, many smart thermostats are incompatible. Have your electrician check the compatibility of your systems before you commit to purchasing and hard wiring a smart thermostat.
Wiring: even if you're not planning on updating your home's heating/cooling systems for a smart thermostat, having your electrician install the wiring needed to make the switch can pay potential dividends with home buyers if you plan on selling your home in the near future.
Your home's electrical panel or circuit breaker is the heart of your electrical system. When updating your electrical system, switching to a smart panel will almost certainly deliver a ROI.
Size: although future homes are likely to require more electrical connectivity, future devices are likely to be more efficient. Thus, installing a breaker with a higher kilowatt capacity might not be necessary. Opting for a smaller breaker is an easy way to save some of your remodeling resources.
Connected: your home's new breaker system, although more efficient, should also be connected. This connectivity often means that it's compatible with a home automation system that allows you to control individual outlets and switches remotely. Not only is this technology becoming increasingly cost-effective, but it's sure to deliver a level of convenience and a "wow-factor" for potential home buyers.
With the advent of voice-activated technologies and expanded fiber-optic internet services, it's now possible to wire your home so you can move through your home with seamless connectivity. This level of connectivity requires, however, clever wiring that's suited for existing and emerging technologies.
Wi-fi internet signals are delivered through routers. Although most homes currently have one router to deliver a signal throughout the home, this can often creates an inconsistent signal throughout the home.
Individual Hubs: hardwiring a router in every room of your home may seem excessive, but it's likely to become normal in the future. Wiring a routers throughout your home allows for smart devices to function seamlessly.
For decades, most rooms were wired with two to three standard outlets. Modern homes, however, require some updates.
USB Ports: from smartphones to tablets to speakers, an increasing number of our modern gadgets receive power from USB powered-ports. Modern outlets can feature two to three of these port, which will mean that you can dispense with the adapters.
The goal of any home remodeling project should be to make your home more valuable and comfortable. Fortunately, updating your electrical system can accomplish both goals. Wiring your home for new technology will ensure that your home is able to meet your family's current and even future electrical needs. To learn more, contact a company like Skyline Electric, Inc.