Building a new home is an exciting and sometimes overwhelming experience. There are multiple choices at every stage from the design and planning phase, to the build itself, and the addition of all the final finishes that turn a house into a home. While there are many decisions that need to be made before and during construction, it is important that home security and automation are not overlooked or an afterthought.
As homes become smarter, planning home security with home automation technology can also be done during the building process to ensure the technology is seamlessly integrated throughout the home. Identifying where the security system’s sensors, cameras and keypads are best positioned are decisions that may also need to be made early and, where relevant, added into the construction plans so that trades know to make allowances for them if required.
Integrating security from the ground up
Enlisting a security expert during the planning phase can be a wise decision for those wanting to ensure their new home is safe and secure from the day they move in. While most security systems today use wireless technology that makes installation easier, without the need for messy cables or wiring, if CCTV is to be installed, these systems may be wired and appropriate electrical planning will need to be considered.
In addition to help you plan for the most appropriate monitored security solution for your home, a security expert can provide general advice about designing for better home security. This may include the choice of locks for windows and doors, as well as general landscaping and exterior lighting recommendations.
ADT Security also suggests that new home builders consider integrating smoke detectors into a monitored home security system. While interconnecting smoke detectors are a mandatory requirement in a new home build, linking them to a monitored back-to-base security system will ensure that the homeowner is notified if the smoke alarm goes off – even if they’re not home or the alarm is disarmed. Having smoke detectors monitored by ADT Security’s 24/7 monitoring centre can provide an additional layer of safety and peace of mind.
Building a smart home with z-wave technology
If you’re building a new home, think about how ‘smart’ you want your home to be. While there are many home automation solutions to choose from, there are also many benefits to using one centralised solution that allows you to control both your security and your home environment.
ADT Security offers a seamless home automation solution with optional add-ons as part of its premium Automated Security package. This allows homeowners to connect multiple devices including lamps and home appliances, with the flexibility to move them around the home as needed.
ADT Security uses Z-Wave Smart Switches to turn any plug-in appliance into a smart device. Simply connect the smart switch to a power socket, plug in an appliance such as your coffee machine, heater or fan, and enjoy the benefits of controlling them remotely. Imagine being able to turn the coffee machine on from the comfort of your bed, or turning your air conditioning unit on before you get home. The energy efficient Z-Wave LED bulbs will also transform lamps into smart lights.
New homes may also benefit from automating the front door with a Keyless Z-Wave deadbolt. Available from the ADT online store, these keyless locks are compatible with all standard doors and combine a highly secure lockset with an electronic, interactive touchscreen. The locks also have the ability to manage up to 250 different pin codes, allowing homeowners to ditch their keys or give easy access to family, friends or trusted trades people, without the need to hide keys on the premises.
Building your dream home is a time consuming and expensive project, so make sure you protect it in the best way possible. Why not let ADT Security help you from the start and enjoy the peace of mind and convenience of building a smart and secure new home.