• Trailing cables look untidy, so designing a well ventilated, central location to house all the equipment will ensure you have a discreet and easy to manage system;
• Think about how you blend technology into your home – flush keypads and smart tablets; hiding TVs discreetly behind artwork; installing projectors in ceiling spaces; speakers plastered into the walls; blinds hidden in recesses. These are all things to consider in the design phase if you want to get it right for you;
• Consider all the possibilities of control systems – they don’t just control heating, lighting, music and TV, they can be used to manage sprinkler systems, internal intercom, baby monitors, water features, climate control in the wine cellar, carbon monoxide detection that integrates to shut down the boiler when triggered. These systems not only provide for comfort and fun, they can also support energy management safety and security – so you need to consider all the possibilities
• Preserve your decor by planning for future needs;
• Ensure you use the correct cabling, specifically designed to meet the requirements of home automation and that meets the industry standards;
• Ensure that all the cabling is in place to allow your incoming services to be distributed effectively around the home;
• If you choose to install any home automation, music, TV systems, lighting or heating control, automated blinds/curtains – ensure you use an approved installer to ensure all your warranties are supported.