What is the ‘smart home’? Investopedia explains that the term “refers to a convenient home setup where appliances and devices can be automatically controlled remotely from anywhere with an internet connection using a mobile or other networked device”.

Though it is possible to fit out an existing residence with off-the-shelf home automation products, you can realise much more of the smart home’s potential by arranging for the technology to be integrated into a home as it is assembled. Could you get help from various building companies on the North Shore, for example?

What Smart Home Tech Can You Add?

Exactly what ‘smart home’ devices you should opt for will depend on your household’s needs and preferences. You can choose from home automation hardware in the following categories:

  • Audiovisual: Imagine being able to have music playing automatically in multiple rooms of the house or have friends settle down to watch a film in a dedicated home cinema.
  • Lighting: Some smart lights can be automatically controlled from a smartphone, while others can learn your lighting preferences and act accordingly.
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC): Through being more conscious of your household energy consumption, you can rein it in and so reduce your energy bills as well.
  • Security: Your smartphone can essentially become the new ‘key’ for your front door, while smart cameras and alarms can help to keep your home safe while you are away.

You will also need a strong internet connection, the thread that will ultimately interconnect all these devices. However, a standard Wi-Fi network might not always be capable of delivering the high level of reliability you would rightfully expect with a smart home.

How a Professional Can Build You a Smart Home from the Ground Up

While Wi-Fi might be sufficient for mobile devices — like smartphones and tablets — which you’d use to control various functions of your smart home, this home should ultimately depend more on a hardwired connection. Thankfully, we can incorporate this during the construction of your new build.

When seeking skilled building professionals for this task, why choose Oakley Construction over other building companies in the North Shore area? You can find out just by contacting us by calling 0800 006 055 or emailing [email protected].