When many people think of smart home tech, they envision large black boxes, tangled wires and complex interfaces but the connected home has come a long way since its beginnings. Smart home technology is now more décor-friendly than ever with products in every size, shape, color or finish imaginable. If you’re interested in adding smart functionality to your home, try these Z-Wave compatible options that won’t get in the way of existing décor.
Want to add voice control to your smart home? The Amazon Echo is equal parts stylish and functional. A hands-free speaker that can also control your home, the Amazon Echo works with a large range of Z-Wave compatible hubs to add voice command functionality. Simply ask Alexa to turn on living room lights or to set the temperature – the possibilities are endless and the streamlined Echo looks right at home with any décor.
You can’t have a smart home without a hub, so why not choose one that can easily slip behind a TV or look equally great on a bookshelf? At just over 7” tall and 1” wide, the Wink Hub 2 is a slim but powerful choice for managing your smart home with style. Features like auto-discovery of smart home devices and a simple setup process ensures that you can easily get your system setup and continue to add to it quickly and efficiently.
This new door/window sensor from Dome fits in perfectly with any homes décor and budget. Its slick, modern design and two-color options help it blend in with in your homes environment. It also comes matte finished allowing you to paint it any color. Temperature sensor, long range, and 10 year battery life make this sensor both functional and great to look at.
There are a lot of Z-Wave compatible smart door lock options out there, so choosing one that perfectly suits your home style is easy. This deadbolt from Kwikset looks perfect on the front door of a home with modern architecture with its industrial look-and-feel. Its motor-driven deadbolt latch allows for remote locking and unlocking, and requires no hardwiring so it can be installed quickly.
Fibaro is known for their range of color choices and unique product design. The Fibaro Z-Wave Door/Window sensors can be mounted to doors or windows in your home so you can monitor potential unwanted activity in your home. They can also be used in conjunction with smart scenes to activate lighting throughout the home. These sensors come in six finishes to blend in with a variety of door and window panes, offering sensor functionality that is also design-friendly.
Spring is here, and that has all of us feeling a lot greener. After all, it's hard not to think at least a little bit about the environment when you've just watched nature call forth all of her bud-tipped bounty! Green devices offer plenty of ways to celebrate the springtime renewal from the safety of the porch—while cutting the Earth a break at the same time.
For most parents, the prospect of leaving their children at home alone can inspire fears ranging from minor mishaps to major disaster. There is always concern about what the kids are up to and who may be invited in when mom and dad are not home to supervise, or even the possibility of an accident occurring when the child is alone.
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By now, you're probably familiar with the basics of what a smart home can do: unlock and lock your doors remotely, control devices like lights and thermostats from your smart app and allow these gadgets to talk to one another and create automated scenes to make life easier and comfortable.
Garages, along with the cars inside them, used to be a status symbol, but these days, if all you've got are 3 walls, a door and a place to house your car, it's not that impressive. To make it more than merely an Airbnb for your Prius—it needs to be smart! Of course, adding smart home control to your garage can be as simple or as sophisticated as you want it to be.
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Whether you've dabbled in home automation or consider yourself a "DIY weekend warrior" when it comes to home technology, some smart home projects may seem like an intimidating task at first.
Z-Wave alarm sirens are incredibly versatile – the sky is the limit for what you can do with them. Standard alarms have one sound setting: loud and annoying. So what can you do with your siren in the meantime? Try hooking it up with Z-Wave sensors!
It is good to realize that a smart home is not just mere product of a person whims and caprices. Like your smart phones and watches, a smart home may also serve you beyond convenience. And here below are some of the benefits of turning your home into a smart home.
And while home security systems were once complicated and a bit vexing, newer technologies have made them simple and even smarter.
The homes come standard with home automation that includes locks, lights and a wireless alarm system. Among the products are: Schlage Z-Wave lock, Trane Z-Wave digital thermostat, and Nortek Z-Wave lighting control
The five tips shared here are solid lighting control suggestions that can boost the effectiveness a home security system, or even be used on their own for your own peace of mind, whether the emergency is finding a snack without stubbing your toe or scaring away an intruder in the middle of the night.
What will really set you apart from your neighbors is installing a system that comes complete with an accompanying mobile app. The GE Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control Outdoor Module does exactly that. When guests are leaving, you can wow them with a simple tap on your smart device.
Of the key drivers of smart homes is its ability to offer money and energy saving options. This is individually rewarding, but it is also good for the planet. As more and more benefits are offered to home and business owners that find ways to reserve the limited resources of Earth, smart home technology stands out as a green solution.
The most popular area for new smart systems or devices to appear is home security or safety upgrades, the study found. One-fourth of renovating homeowners install smart products for this area.
With the help of Z-Wave Automatic Blinds technology, you'll be able to make your home even smarter. The best part is you'll be able to achieve that on a budget!