Smart Home Installation for Great Falls, VA Homes

Most people don’t think about calling on their local electrician when it comes to performing a smart home installation in Great Falls, VA. They usually think about calling on an electrician when they need services like:

  • Adding a few outlets to one or more rooms in their homes
  • Wiring a newly built home extension for power
  • Or wiring an outbuilding for power so it can be converted to a viable workshop or man-cave

We also frequently get called upon to address and sort out the crazy wiring issues that older homes seem saddled with all too frequently.

If you own an older home, you may be living through something like this right now. You know the story. You’re up and getting ready for work. You just put breakfast in the microwave and turned it on. Then, someone in the bathroom turns on a curling iron or hairdryer and poof! All of a sudden the lights go out in the whole house.

Those kinds of issues tend to happen because the wiring in your home changes over time. Maybe that bathroom was a later addition to the house and out of convenience, the person who wired it for power just put it on the same circuit as your kitchen.

If you face a situation similar to the one we outlined above, there’s a simple fix for that, and we can take care of it for you, but we do a lot more than handle issues like those. We’ve worked hard to stay on the bleeding edge of technology, which is why we got involved in smart home installation in Great Falls, VA, so if that’s something you’re interested in exploring, we can help with that too!

Technology experts and futurists have been promising us all a lifestyle of convenience where our homes are highly automated, giving us fine-grained control over just about everything that happens in them. Unfortunately, it took a lot longer than the experts envisioned for the technology to reach the point where that kind of thing was possible.

We’re happy to report that the day has finally arrived. You’ve probably seen commercials touting the advantages of everything from smart refrigerators to smart TVs, washing machines, dishwashers, and more.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could bundle all the capabilities of those smart appliances under a single umbrella, controlling just about everything in your home from a centralized console, right from your smartphone?

You can do that, and more! That’s the essence of what a smart home installation in Great Falls, VA gives you. All by itself, that’s enough to excite some people to want a smart home. If you’re not convinced, let us give you some practical examples of how such a setup can help make your day to day life better, easier, and more convenient:

  1. When you left for work in the morning, you put dinner in the oven. You want it ready by the time you get home. Just before leaving work, you open your app, tell the oven to turn on, and dinner is ready and waiting when you walk through the door.
  2. Unfortunately, you have to work late. You don’t want to come home to a darkened house, so just before you leave the office, you turn the porch light on, and maybe the living room light too.
  3. You and your family went away on vacation, and when you arrive at your destination, you experience a moment of panic when you realize that you forgot to turn the thermostat down. Now you’re going to be heating your empty house and running up your electric bill needlessly. Not to worry. Just open your app and lower the temperature on your thermostat to where you want it, then get back to enjoying your vacation.
  4. In a similar vein, what if you went on vacation and forgot to lock the front door? With a smart home installation in Great Falls, VA, solving that problem is a simple matter if your design includes smart locks. Just pull up the app and lock the door. Nothing to worry about!
  5. You’re coming home from your vacation and don’t want to spend 2-3 miserable hours waiting for the house to warm back up. You don’t have to. Just log onto your app and turn the thermostat back up.

These aren’t science fiction examples, by the way. All of these things and dozens of similar scenarios are entirely possible with a smart home installation in Great Falls, VA. At this point, most people are pretty excited about the idea, but then, the question of cost arises. It must be pretty expensive to set up something like that, right?

The answer might surprise you. Not only are the components that make such a system surprisingly modestly priced, many of our customers say that their smart home actually saves them money. Here’s how:

In tandem with converting your house into a smart home, we recommend performing a home energy audit. That’s something you can do on your own if you like, but if you’d prefer to delegate that job, it is one of the many services we provide.

Don’t let its fancy-sounding name intimidate you, at the end of the day, it’s simply a walkthrough of your home and a careful accounting of every electrical appliance in it, and how much power each appliance uses.

This gives you a snapshot of your home energy usage and allows you to identify the biggest contributors to your monthly energy bill. There is tremendous power in having that information at your fingertips. For one thing, it allows you to begin making medium to long-term strategic plans to retire your most energy-hungry appliances and replace them with much more energy-efficient models. In the long run, this will dramatically reduce your monthly power bills.

One common place many people start with is replacing their old incandescent lightbulbs with energy-sipping LED bulbs. LED bulbs are a little more expensive on the front end, but they last for years and use only a fraction of the power of conventional bulbs, while providing the same level of illumination. Making that one change can save you a ton of money, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Even better, if you’ve conducted a home energy audit and you have a smart home, you have the information you need to make smart decisions. That, combined with the fact that your smart home console allows you to monitor your energy usage in real-time, gives you the ability to control your monthly power bills that would be impossible otherwise.

Best of all, once you’ve got all the pieces in place, you can use the details gained from your audit to right size a backup generator for your home. That’s something else we can help with as we carry a full line of world-class Generac generators. Not only can we help you select the best one for your home, we can install it, teach you how to use it, and even put it on our preventive maintenance program so you’ll never have to wonder if it will work when you need it to.

Remember, it’s not a question of if the grid goes down, it’s a matter of when. Something as simple as a winter storm could knock power out in the region for days or even weeks at a time. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that when that inevitably happens, you’ll only be minimally impacted by it, and using the power of your smart home, you’ll be able to ensure you’re keeping your power usage to a level that won’t overwhelm your generator.

Taken together, these things; the smart home installation, the home energy audit and a suitably sized backup generator create a comprehensive system that not only makes your life easier and more convenient, it provides insurance against disasters that would otherwise leave you and your family scampering for a nearby hotel to stay warm and have lights.

If all of that sounds good to you, just give our office a call and let’s talk about the possibilities.