Understanding The Componenets That Your Electrician Will Add To Your Wired Automation System

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If you have been looking at home automation systems lately, then you should know that while wiring can be installed as part of a DIY project, it may be best to have a professional wire the system for you. There are several things that a professional electrician will concentrate on during the installation. Keep reading to learn about a few of these things.

Neutral Wall Switch Wiring

Common switches in the home will contain two wire connections. These connections allow for two specific wire terminals. As you flip the switch, the wire terminals are connected, and they create a circuit. When this happens, the light, appliance, or other installation then turns on. Flip the switch again, and this disconnects the circuit. 

While the common type of wiring is fine for regular installations, it cannot accommodate the wiring schemes that are required for automation switches. These switches typically need a three wire connection that includes a hot, load, and neutral wire. The extra wire in this type of switch is used as a safety to prevent faults and to keep electrical current from flowing outside of the switch. The same sort of wiring is used in appliances to keep them from becoming damaged or starting a fire if the device does not work like it should.

To make sure that your automation system works correctly, three wire connections will be made. Also, the wiring for the system will typically be isolated from the rest of the wiring in the home. Specifically, the new wiring will be directed to a separate breaker or a series of breakers in your main panel. Not only does this isolate the system for easy installations, changes, and reset, but it keeps electrical current steady and consistent. Slight variations in electricity are common when a large appliance is wired to the same circuit as the automation system. A professional will keep this from being an issue. 

House Surge Protectors

Hardwired automation systems can cost as much as $15,000 to install. They come with complex and sophisticated technologies that can allow you to change and set your thermostats from anywhere in the house and to also control your entertainment system without leaving your bed. The system requires transmitters, receivers, and possibly a dedicated Bluetooth or WiFi system. 

Since hardwired systems require the actual wiring of the technology to your home electrical system, a surge of electricity can easily destroy the installed components. The best way to protect them is to have a whole-house surge protector installed. A complete surge protection system is wise and involves separate components.

The main component is the surge protector that is installed right at the breaker box. This device stops electrical current that is over voltage from running through the electrical lines and through your home. It also diverts electricity away to the ground so it cannot affect your house in a negative manner. While the main breaker connected to your house does protect your home from excessive electrical currents, the breaker trips after the surge of electricity is able to move through the electrical lines and components are already damaged. Surge protectors prevent damage from occurring in the first place.

Along with the main surge protector device, plug-in surge protectors or devices placed right within the junction boxes may also be used. These devices offer a second tier of protection to your home. They are often utilized where the main transmitters are wired into the system. 

If you want to have an automation system installed in your house to make it easier to control lighting, entertainment systems, and security systems, then the wiring must be implemented and installed correctly. Make sure to speak with an electrician who can help implement installations properly.  


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