Bethesda, MD, Electrician
Written by Walt Meyer

Getting Your New Smart Home Wired – Part 1

The main advantage of living in a smart home is automation, which provides several important benefits that this article will discuss. The basis of smart home automation is structured wiring, which must be skillfully installed by an experienced and licensed electrical contractor. Smart home automation can be used to control the following items:

  • Appliances
  • Cooling & Heating
  • Doors & Windows
  • Entertainment
  • Lighting
  • Security
  • Telephones


By using computers, smartphones and tablets to monitor and control various systems, smart homes can monitor all functions of the entire living space. In addition to convenience, home automation also provides more safety, comfort, and energy efficiency.

Before smart technology, motion sensors and timers were used to control lighting. In addition, traditional thermostats were used to turn on and off HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) devices. However, smart technology allows lighting and HVAC systems to be automated and coordinated with each other and work with other home systems.

People with physical limitations will find it easier to live more independently and safely because they can remotely control multiple systems in the home by touching their fingers on wireless devices like an iPad.


Smart technologies coordinate home systems with computers, tablets, manufacturers’ remote controls, or smart phones to provide users with some form of interface. Each system needs to provide its own configuration and its own application by the respective manufacturer.

Lighting that is activated or deactivated by motion sensors or programmed to function on a schedule is an integral part of the smart home system. So is a programmable smart thermostat. Entertainment systems with audio and video devices that can be programmed to turn on or off for communication or used with security camera systems are also part of the smart home ecosystem. The primary goal of smart home automation wiring is to ensure that the components are properly connected and integrated with the system so that they can work together efficiently and be user-friendly.

Part 2 will cover Windows & Doors, Lighting, Safety, and Security.

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Founded in 1991 and serving Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., where we are licensed and insured, Meyer Electrical Services provides home and commercial electrical services you can trust, including:

  • Standby Generator Installation
  • Panel Upgrades (Heavy-Ups)
  • Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations
  • Structured Cabling
  • Circuit Breaker Replacement

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