Freeway congestion, 60-hour work weeks, urban gridlock and family obligations have driven the work-and-play-at-home trend. Buyers want everything from home offices with high-speed Internet to home fitness rooms with the latest exercise gizmos and equipment.
Home automation is exactly what it sounds like: automating your home. It’s all about comfort and convenience. If you’re buying a new house and have the opportunity to create a “smart” home and can afford it, don’t miss out.
From electricity and telephones to cable TV and dial-up Internet access, the only thing missing in today’s technology is how to provide total system integration, including energy savings and lighting control.
You’re familiar with the concept of the “smart house,” which is in the third generation of development. Their computerized electrical systems open garage doors, program lighting schemes and operate home-security systems. Some even turn on the coffee pot.
From personal home theaters complete with surround-sound speakers, high-definition, large-screen projection and DVD recordings to total-system lighting packages, electrical contractors are profiting from rapid technological advances.