Here’s How You Rewire Your New House For Home Automation



Want your new house to be fully automated? Rewire your house to ensure the installation of a smart home system anytime you want.

Remember watching those movies where you see these houses made of glass and stainless steel. They were often fully automated smart homes that look cool, futuristic, and expensive. But, those days of wistfully wishing whether you could afford such a house are long gone.


Even seven years ago, turning your house into a smart home was quite heavy on your wallets. Due to technological advancements, converting any house into a smart home has become easier and cheaper.


Your smart home is never a permanent fixture and for fully advanced house automation, you need to keep updating your system.

As more devices and inbuilt systems emerge, you must ensure that your house has the capacity to accommodate each time you wish to add or update a device.


The key to keeping your smart home updated is by ensuring your house has wiring in place to handle these changes. Here’s how you should wire your new house for full home automation.

Wiring Your House For A Smart Home

Proper Neutral Wiring

Neutral wiring is often a given with new houses, but if you are purchasing an old home and planning on doing some home improvement, consider neutral rewiring.


Neutral wiring is required for smart home devices. If you are planning to install multi-outlet switchboards, smart light controls, keypads, etc. you need to have 3-wire connections.


The best way for full home automation is by getting a central control system that converts your house into an absolute smart home. You will need neutral wiring for lights, speakers, locks, video-monitoring systems, etc.


Even though such systems are expensive, the most luxurious private homes install these to achieve comfortable automation. Bates Electric can take care of any complex rewiring and other electrical changes you would want.

Have Enough Space for Wires

You don’t know how many wires you will need for connection in the future, so it is important to have space that can accommodate more. Your wiring closet should be big enough for future changes. Also, ensure that you get deep junctions to aid any size of switch you will need.

Accommodating Devices That Need Hardwiring

For full automation, the following systems require hardwiring:

     ●     Smart Outlets- Outlets are crucial for most electric devices, so make sure to have outlets in the area you need an electric supply to plug in smart devices. Even if you want a wireless home AI device, to control your smart gadgets, you will need a smart outlet.

     ●     Smart lighting- Some smart lighting only requires an outlet. However, if you want a proper full house lighting system in every room, that lets you create the right ambiance with any type of lighting, consider investing in smart lighting and light switches. If you get a full home automation system, it will work with the lighting.

     ●     Smart Thermostat- This controls your home temperature and ventilation.

     ●     Smart Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Sprinklers.

     ●     Smart Doorbells- These also have a video answering monitor and are connected with the security monitoring system.

     ●     Smart security system and CCTV monitoring.

     ●     Ultra-advanced, voice-controlled doors, windows, and shutters. These will also have switchboards and outlets that can be controlled manually.

     ●     An integrated sound system that has speakers in the rooms you would like.

Integrated Wired & Wireless Automation System

Many people depend on wireless automation. They purchase various smart devices that are controlled by a central AI system, which connects all the devices via Bluetooth.


The home AI devices like Google Home, Alexa, etc. connect all smart devices from fridges and washing machines to speakers and even smart toilets.


This interconnected system depends on your WI-FI and all devices that are connected through the WI-FI network. However, WI-FI networks tend to be unstable and can cause your wireless automated home to glitch, malfunction, and even become unresponsive.


So, to have your house properly and reliably automated, depend on both wired and wireless connections. Use your reliable wired connections for important implementations like heating, lighting, door and lock controls, and wireless connections for other miscellaneous devices.

Dealing With Your Internet & Landline Connections

For a fully automated smart home, you need an Ethernet connection. For your Ethernet, TV, whole-house speaker connection, or video cable, you need to have a cable conduit.


Your cable conduit will require a designated plug-in spot in your outlet board. Similarly, if you have a landline, that will also require its own internal cabling.


Your ethernet connection will go into your router, by which every smart device gets internet via Wi-Fi. Your router will also have a few input ports, through which you can get a direct ethernet connection for your desktop or laptop, in case you need frequent access to the internet for your computers.

Surge Protection

Grounding and earthing the electric connection is crucial for any house. It protects people and electrical items from getting fried during power surges.


Installing a surge protection system is important in order to protect expensive smart devices and electrical appliances. They ensure that any overload doesn’t hamper the electric item you use.


Surge protectors can only work if your electrical outlets are grounded, so make sure that the electric supply of the entire house is properly grounded. If this is not done correctly, any sudden power surge or lightning and thunder can cause complete or partial system failure and screw up your electric items.


So, discuss and plan with your electrician to ensure the complete electrical safety of your household through a grounded electric supply.

Final Thoughts

To achieve full home automation, you need to integrate both wired and wireless connections and devices. Your neutral electric wiring is the base of your automated home, no matter what kind of system you choose to have.


Even if you don’t plan on full home automation right now, make sure that you have the wiring in place so that you can accommodate your futuristic smart home anytime you want.


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