Top 10 Tips For Your
Smart Home Self Build
We’ve put together a list of ten top tips to accommodate smart home technology into your self build project. When it comes to smart home technology, there are both wired and wireless options available but if you have the opportunity to future-proof your home from the start then we recommend considering the following…
1. Allow Enough Space
The distribution board is at the heart of your Loxone Smart Home, with the Loxone Miniserver as the brain. To ensure that you and your home are well-prepared for the future, we recommend that you allocate 20% of the space in your distribution board as a reserve for future expansion when planning your electrical installation.
2. Plan For Renewable Energy Sources
Whether you are considering solar panels, a heat pump or just a simple boiler, we recommend that you install cable conduit to locations such as your loft and the rear of your house to accommodate future technologies. Consider adding energy meters at this stage to monitor consumption.
3. Think Switches
Switches should be in easily accessible locations. This doesn’t always have to be next to doors – how about a switch above the work surface in the kitchen? You should also consider how many switches you use. One switch can have many functions and less is often more.
4. Consider AV & Networking
To deal with rising data demands from music and video streaming, we recommend that you install a wired network throughout your house, especially in locations where you may have a TV. For maximum flexibility and future-proofing we suggest that you also run your speaker cables back to a central point for the audio distribution.
5. Control Sockets
By controlling sockets in key locations, you can stop devices using power on standby when you’re not using them. Not every socket in your Smart Home needs to be controlled though, we recommend that you use a ring main for the majority. After all, you can upgrade any socket to be switchable with a Smart Socket Air at any time.
6. Use Future-Proof Cable
We strongly recommend using a data rated cable such as CAT 7 for all sensors and your network. This will ensure that you are not limited by what you install now in ten years’ time, but have peace of mind that no matter how technology progresses, your house is ready for it.
7. Charge Your Electric Car
Fossil fuels are a finite resource. To be prepared for the years to come, we recommend planning ahead by installing cable conduit to your garage or drive so that you can have a charging station for your future electric car.
8. Don’t Forget The Garden
It is all too easy to forget about the garden when you are busy building your house. To ensure you won’t have to sit in the dark, we recommend that you either install a cable conduit or even make an allowance for a separate sub distribution board. This will allow you to think about garden lights, irrigation and more when your house is finished.
9. Sensors Are Essential
Sensors are the eyes and ears of your Loxone Smart Home. To enjoy the smartest features, we recommend a minimum set of sensors that are essential in and around your home. The Loxone Standard includes switches, motion and temperature sensors in every room, as well as window and door contacts. For outside we suggest wind and rain sensors, as well as door contacts on the garage door.
Let’s Talk About Your Smart Home Project
Are you ready to live in a home that is truly smart? Great! We’re here to answer any questions you might have about living in a Loxone Smart Home. We can also help you find a Loxone Partner in your area.