Hiring a Home Automation Integrator
By Grand Home Automation
Convenience & Ease of Mind
1- Look for an integrator that can handle all systems design and service…..
These days everyone has busy lifestyles… Managing an estate, many of us have enough concerns without dealing with individual suppliers. Try to find a company that handles all facets of home integration. Can they integrate lighting controls from any manufacturer, security, phone/intercom, computer networking, multi-room music, HVAC controls, and home theater? In addition to these systems just listed, can the prospective company provide simple controls that allow you to tie them all together? For example, control your lights, temperature, or other household functions with the press of one button.
2- Hire a company with design capabilities ….
In the same manner that you and your architect designed the house as a whole concept rather than designing each room in a vacuum and then hoping the overall look is consistent & fluent, hire a contractor that designs, specifies, installs, and interfaces all the low voltage systems. They must all work as one!
Easy Future Upgrades
3- Documentation and drawings are essential!
Extensive electronic systems are complicated. Use a company that will maintain CAD drawings to document all the system design work in coordination with the electrical and mechanical designs. This provides you with an as-built record of all the technologies in the home which will become invaluable if you decide to make upgrades. It is also a tremendous benefit to the future homeowner if you ever sell your home.
Your Electronic Architect
4- Save time and money
Consult early with an integrator, the planning will prevent many mistakes from ever happening by helping to coordinate the proper system selections. In order to accomplish this “custom system solution”, a design engineer will need to know your lifestyle just as the architect must understand your needs in order to design the perfect home for you.
In essence, your decision to hire an electronic integrator will be the “Electronic Architect” and the “Technical General Contractor” all rolled into one. High performance from an integrator will save everyone on the job considerable time and money.
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