There are all sorts of new ways to turn your house into your dream home – but have you considered any changes to your wiring? Whether you’re drawing up plans for a new house, or upgrading your existing system here are some ways to get the most out of your electrical system.
Outlets with USB Ports
This is an inexpensive, but incredibly useful modification to make charging easier. Throw out all your USB adapters and charge your phone directly from the outlet. Better yet, install USB outlets in a drawer or cubby so you can charge all your devices completely out of the way!
LED lighting is becoming more and more popular. Why? First, they provide higher quality lighting. Second, they’re proven to last longer. Third, they’re more environmentally friendly. And finally, they will save you money on your power bill.
Smart Wiring In The Bedroom
Don’t bother with a clapper. Wire your bedroom lights to your bedside so you can switch them on and off without getting out of bed.
Recessed Rope Lighting
Install rope lighting for a modern design effect. Place behind shelves, under or above cabinets, under stairs, or over crown molding for subtle impact. Outdoors, rope lighting can be used to line garden beds or illuminate rock walls.
A Distributed Audio System
Wire your speaker system throughout your house so you can listen to music in any room, at any time. Speakers can be well hidden -installed either in-wall or in-ceiling. Individual controls allow you to change the volume in each room. Some systems also include intercoms for easy communication across your home.
Automatic lights add convenience to your home, particularly when installed in closets and pantries. You can also opt for motion sensing lights that detect your movement and switch off by themselves.
Install a digital and programmable thermostat that connects to your wireless network. Controlled from your smartphone, tablet, or computer, you can change the temperature at home from anywhere. Heat up or cool down the house before you come home from work, and save energy while you’re away.
High quality video security systems allow you to keep an eye on your home from anywhere. Interior systems allow you to check on pets or children remotely, and exterior security gives you peace of mind that your home is secure
Home Automation System
Combine all your home systems into one remotely operated system. Home automation systems allow you to control lighting, heating and cooling, ventilation, security, and locks from anywhere. Some systems allow for easy voice control commands while you’re at home, and/or smartphone alerts when you’re not.
Source: Homeservice Club of Canada