10 Smart Consumer Electronics Tips for the Home Environment
For homeowners who are baffled by the constant stream of new technologies available, CEDIA offers 10 hints for making smart decisions when purchasing electronics for your home.
1. Wire for everything now - even wireless.
Whether you are building or remodeling, start with a wiring plan that can support both your current and future needs. Though wireless devices and applications are growing in popularity, hard-wired infrastructure is still required to support them. Proper wiring will also make it easier - and less costly - to make additions and changes to your system as new technologies become available.
2. Insist on integrated systems.
Make sure the home electronics you are buying can be integrated together and operated with one easy-to-use control system. Systems that communicate simplify your life and offer peace of mind.
3. Integrate lighting and heating control.
Going green meets convenience. Get the most out of your system while reducing energy consumption. System integration can provide automatic energy-efficient adjustments, saving you time and money.
4. Think with your wallet, but lead with your head.
Quality and long-term dependability are the most cost-effective attributes that you can build into a home technology system.
5. Buy an experience, not a box.
Find a home technology professional that allows you to experience the thrill of a high-performance system. Few people have the time to research all the hardware choices. It's smarter to focus on the end result and make your choices based on overall performance and value.
6. Simplify your controls.
Easy-to-use, all-in-one remote controls can be custom programmed so they make perfect sense to you and focus on the functions you want at your fingertips. New technologies also offer intuitive control from mobile devices anywhere in the world.
7. Increase your expectations.
Your home electronics system is a big investment, and you deserve to be satisfied with it. CEDIA professionals can offer you extensive options, comprehensive designs, complete installation, and ongoing service and support.
8. Think "green."
Through technologies designed to help you monitor and manage your consumption of energy and resources, you can both save money and contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle. Ask a professional about more environmentally conscious systems integration options.
9. Ensure the experts work together for you.
Maximize your home's electronic systems capabilities by having your architect, builder or remodeler, and interior designer collaborate and partner with a home technology professional from the beginning of the planning process.
10. Consult a professional.
Integrated electronic systems grow, evolve and change over time. Select a home technology professional you can trust to support your electronic integration needs for years. Having a long-term relationship with one professional will maximize the reliability and enjoyment of your home's electronic systems.
Ready to start your search? Find a CEDIA member home technology professional to partner with on your next home technology project.