Partnering with a Smart Home Company: Frequently Asked Questions

Partnering with a Smart Home Company: Frequently Asked Questions

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If you’re a builder working the Windy City, you’re familiar with homeowners’ high expectations. Specifically, they expect smart technology in their homes. Whether you’re renovating an old Gold Coast property or you’re building a new residence in Clarendon Hills, integrating electronic devices is an essential part of the process.

We understand how daunting it can be to form a new partnership with a smart home company. In this blog, we’ll answer some of your most frequently asked questions when choosing a system integrator.

Keep reading to find out what you should be looking for in your next technology partner.

See Also: Must-Have Smart Home Technology for Luxury Homes in 2018

 

Why are clients so interested in smart technology?

Homeowners today want convenience at their fingertips. With the rise in popularity of voice control devices like Amazon Alexa, Google Home and just about any modern smartphone, they’re used to easy access to information and services. And who wouldn’t want a home that anticipated their every need?

With a smart home system, homeowners can complete multiple tasks with the touch of a button. A single tap or voice command on a control device can dim the lights, lower the shades and start up all AV equipment in a given room. It’s a fun and useful way to simplify their lifestyle.

 

Aren’t Amazon Alexa and other devices wireless? If so, why work with an integrator?

A common question for both industry professionals and homeowners alike: why don’t I just do it myself?

With so many smart devices on the market today, it may seem like an easy solution. But, in fact, there are plenty of reasons to work with a professional. We’ve listed a few below:

Running Cables: Despite the emergence of wireless technology, a hardwired system is still a better investment. Not only is it less prone to failure and damage, but it also provides stronger connections for a more reliable network.

Connecting Devices: Trying to get devices to work together can sometimes be easy. Other times, it can feel like getting two people who speak different languages to have a conversation. Making sure each device in your system can speak to the others is a fundamental part of building a functioning smart home.

Bandwidth and Prioritization: The point of integration is that each device can work both separately and in conjunction with each of the other devices connected to the system. But, obviously some devices are a bit more important than others. For instance, you wouldn’t want to receive 4K signal on your TV at the expense of your security features. Ensuring enough bandwidth and device priority is essential to a smoothly running system.

 

Running cables sounds simple. Why do you need to work with a builder?

While wiring a home for automation is one aspect of building a smart system, in truth integrated technology is all about customization – and sometimes that means construction work. For instance, building a custom home theater in a residence could mean everything from installing motorized lifts for a projector to decoupling the walls to soundproof the room. Each of those projects can require considerable construction, and they’re just a couple of the more common ways homeowners crave customized solutions.

 

When should I start seeking out an integrator?

The answer is simple: before you start your next remodel or custom home project.

Technology and construction go hand-in-hand, so it’s important that an integrator work with you to define wiring layouts, place in-wall fixtures and more.

 

If you’re looking for a Chicago-based technology partner, we’re here for you.

Give us a call at 630-898-2850. Or, contact us online by clicking here.