As time passes, the pace of technological developments is accelerating. It is a challenge staying up to date with all the new devices and emerging technologies.
Creating a modern home can be costly because it may require new wiring and structural changes, as well as big-ticket purchases for new appliances, electronic devices, and entertainment systems.
Fortunately, future proofing (the process of anticipating the future while developing methods for minimizing the effects of shocks and stresses of future events) can also save money. Work with an experienced licensed electrician for your safety and the best results.
Electric Car Chargers
There is no doubt that the future will be dominated by electric cars. Electrical vehicle sales increased 81% worldwide in 2018. More than 3/4 of a million electric cars have been sold in the USA. Analysts have projected that this number will explode over the next 10 years, and during this period electric vehicles will become less expensive to own than gasoline fueled autos. Many also believe that there will be more than 40 million electric vehicles on U.S. roads in less than 25 years.
To participate in this trend, your home will need an electric vehicle charging port installed. When it is standard for electric cars to have a range of 200 miles, overnight car charging will allow most owners to drive to and from work without worrying about recharging.
Current wireless technology is unable to meet the audio-visual demands of modern smart homes. The advent of 4K Smart TVs may push homes to seek more bandwidth if there are several units accessing streaming TV providers such as Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube. Don’t forget the kids who like interactive gaming or adults who Skype.
For a new structured cabling installation, consider using Cat6a or better Ethernet cables, HDMI and coaxial cables, and phone jacks for entertainment locations at home, while also having the capability of adding more wiring in the future. This will save time, money, and effort.
Part 2 will discuss two more methods for future proofing your home.
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