Transitioning to Home Automation: Why You Need a Residential Electrician

14 February 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Home automation is the wave of the future, at least that is what they promised way back in the 50's. Today, many of those home automation features those antiquated infomercials dreamed up are a reality. They do not come standard on new homes like certain features in cars do. Instead, you have to either request and pay for them during new construction, or install them on the home you already have. Either way, you cannot do it without a residential electrician. Here is why.

Home Automation Relies Heavily on Electricity

Almost all of the signals sent and received by home automation systems require that electrical power be connected and fully operational. All of the home automation devices you can buy have to be connected to a power source. They also have to be connected, via home WiFi, to the internet if you want to use your smartphone or tablet as a control device. All of the options you choose for your personalized home automation system have to be wired into your home's electrical box/fuse box.

The Electrician Devises Creative Solutions for Wiring

Nobody wants to see all of the wires you use to automate your home. Sure, you could DIY the job, but ultimately you would have dozens of wires along the floors and/or hanging overhead along the ceilings. That is just not something anyone wants to see, and nobody wants to trip over or touch. The electrician is the only person that can devise creative solutions for wiring and get them well out of sight. He or she will make sure that the wires are all inside the walls, the wires are insulated and will not allow current to jump lines and that your home automation system is fully operational before he/she leaves your home.

Only the Electrician Knows Which Wires Go Where

If you have ever tried to install something electrical, such as a ceiling fan/light fixture combo, you know the instructions read like a tax document. They will tell you to connect the green wire to the spot marked with an "x" and the blue wire to the yellow wire but not before you connect both wires to the "y" spot. It is absolutely confusing, right? Who needs that when you are dealing with something that could kill you (i.e., electricity) or burn your house down by accident? No, it is best to leave a major project (i.e., home automation) up to the electrician. While you are at it, maybe he/she will put in that ceiling fan for you too.

For more information, contact a business such as Excel Electric Inc.