Is it Better to Hire a CEDIA-certified Integrator for Your Home Technology Project?
Automation Design + Entertainment has 4 points to consider…
Home technology systems have quickly grown in scale and complexity. Whether remodelling an existing space or constructing a new Michigan home (and maybe home theater), you’re going to want to work with a personal technology professional who is adept at collaborating with interior designers, architects, electricians and more. Why? AD+E has a few reasons why it’s important to you to hire, as well as why it’s enormously important to us to BE, a CEDIA-certified electronics firm…
1 – Gain Convenience & Peace of Mind
CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) membership requires companies to show proof of insurance and proper licensing. They provide training and certification specific to the electronic systems industry. No matter who you choose to work with, ask them whether they employ CEDIA Certified Professionals and if they take advantage of continuing education and training.
You’ll want to find a company that handles all facets of home integration so they can they connect the lighting controls (from any manufacturer), as well as the security, phone/intercom, video networking, multi-room music, HVAC controls, home theater controls and everything else you want interconnected within your home (or office). You’ll also want a custom integrator that can provide simple controls that allow you to tie them all together, and CEDIA certification ensures your integrator is qualified.
2 - Design Capabilities
In the same manner that you and your architect designed the house as a whole concept rather than designing each room in a vacuum and then hoping the overall look is consistent & fluent, you’ll want to hire a CEDIA-certified integrator that designs, specifies, installs, and interfaces all the low voltage systems. And they should all work as one!
3 - Easy Future Upgrades
Extensive electronic systems are complicated. Use a CEDIA-certified company that will maintain CAD drawings to document all the system design work in coordination with the electrical and mechanical designs. This provides you with an as-built record of all the technologies in the home which will become invaluable if you decide to make upgrades. It is also a tremendous benefit to the future homeowner if you ever sell your home.
4 (and most importantly) - Save time and money!
When you consult early with a CEDIA-certified integrator, the planning can prevent a variety mistakes from ever happening. AD+E helps coordinate the proper system selections, much like an architect works to understand your needs in order to design your perfect home.
In essence, your decision to hire a CEDIA-certified home technology integrator will save everyone on the job considerable time and money. Questions? Don’t hesitate to call us at Automation Design + Entertainment! We can walk you through every aspect of your future project, whether in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Jackson or wherever you need us to be.