New Home Wiring and Technology to Make Your Life Easier

Posted: March 25, 2015 | Categories: News | General Info | Home Buying 101 | Why Buy New | Design and Decorating
By Highland Homes

Hills Windemere New home with modern kitchen appliances & TV system

Who doesn’t love a shiny new gadget? These days, you can’t get away from hearing about the newest smart phone, smart watch, or smart TV. But, let’s talk about the guts, the basics, and the stuff you need built into your new home to make your smart technology work seamlessly.

Highland Homes builds our new homes with the wiring in place to make it easy to connect your devices when you move in. When you visit the Highland Homes Personal Selection Studio to select options and personalize your new home with one of our design consultants, you’re not just picking the visible finishes, but also selecting locations for pre-wires and add any extra wiring options you need behind the drywall — so much easier than trying to fish wires through walls after move-in!

Shayne Taylor, President of Town Tech, offers this bit of advice; “When thinking about where to place your data and cable outlets, consider the windows. When I go out on service calls, I get lots of complaints about glare from the window or having the sun shining in their face.쳌

Let’s start with the basics. Are you wondering what the difference is between RG6, CAT 5, and a 220 outlet? Shayne gives us a simple breakdown on these different types of wiring and where they are used.

RG6 is a coaxial cable used to connect audio and video equipment, most commonly cable television or satellite box hook-ups. Highland Homes includes two RG6 pre-wires and you select the locations. If you are planning on mounting your TV on the wall, we can place these outlets up where they will be hidden behind the TV, with no unsightly wires hanging down.

CAT 5 is a network cable, sometimes called Ethernet cable, used for internet and telephone wiring. If you’re considering where to place a wireless hub, Shayne suggests placing it in a central location so that all rooms of the home receive a good signal. Two CAT 5 pre-wires are included in your Highland home.

220V Outlets are the outlets used to power large appliances which need a 220V electrical supply, such as your dryer, water heater and air conditioner units. Your new home is wired for your included home appliances; however, if you desire additional 220 outlets for equipment you plan to plug in after move-in, our design consultant will help you add these.

110V Outlets are placed around your home according to building codes, and if you require additional outlets, your design consultant will be happy to help you add those — It is very common to add one next to the RG6 outlet for a wall-mounted TV. Floor outlets are also available.

USB Outlets make charging your devices even easier and are an available option with Highland Homes. With USB outlets, the USB cable plugs right into the wall without a bulky wall adapter and leaves the electrical outlets open to plug in something else. Included in select Highland Homes’ plans with a drop zone, they are available to add in any home plan.

Ceiling Fan Pre-Wires are included in the family room and all bedrooms in every Highland home. The included pre-wires have a dual-switch, which means you can control the light and fan separately from the wall switches. A benefit of having this installed at construction is the fan box, which is designed to support the weight of a hanging ceiling fan and is built in above the ceiling drywall — much easier than adding this later! If you wish to add ceiling-fan pre-wires in other rooms or on your lanai, you have that option as well.

Pendant Lights are a popular option to add ambiance and useful lighting to your kitchen breakfast bar, and are available to add to most Highland home plans.

Planning on installing a stand-alone freezer, laser printer or machine shop equipment? You probably want to add a Dedicated Circuit to ensure your high-energy appliances get proper current without overloading the circuit. Rest assured that Highland Homes wires in the necessary circuits for your included appliances.

Music or media lover? You’ll love our Sound Systems or Surround Sound Systems! Sound system packages include in-ceiling speakers with all wiring, in-room volume controls and a receiver with iPod input. The digital surround sound system boasts a Sony BluRay player, five in-ceiling speakers, subwoofer and interconnect cables. All systems are installed with controls and outlets wherever you specify, and all the wiring behind the walls and the speakers are almost out of sight.

Are you planning to create a backyard oasis with a pool or hot tub? Make these features easier to add later by having the pool wiring put in place now (or, you can just add the pool during construction with us, if you wish)! Up your outdoor entertainment ante by adding an Outdoor Sound System, which includes outdoor speakers and volume controls connected to your indoor sound system.

To protect all of your electronics, Highland Homes offers a Surge Protector; it’s extremely affordable and can save you time, money and tears in the event your home gets hit by lightning or a power surge.

Last but not least, keep yourself, loved ones and valuables secure with an added Security System. Our systems offer newer features like glass break sensors and motion-activated lighting, along with door contacts and keypads.

In addition to having your wiring in-place and ready to go behind the walls when you move in, another benefit of adding any necessary wiring during construction is the warranty. Our homes are covered by a one-year builder warranty which protects against material defects, along with a 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty that provides two years of systems coverage, including your wiring and electrical systems. Plus, you will receive ten full years of structural warranty coverage.

At Highland Homes, we build new homes designed for your life in communities throughout Central Florida, Orlando and Tampa Bay, as well as Manatee County and Ocala. New homes are priced from the $130,000’s to the $300,000’s per community, with more than 30 stylish home designs to choose from. Design your new home to your style and needs with a wide variety of design finishes and electrical options to build your “techy쳌 new home.

For more information and to find your new home in Florida, visit the Highland Homes website today.

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