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.
In recent years, smart home technology has radically transformed the home security landscape, with numerous changes and developments over the years. To understand the impact of smart home on the security space, it helps to take a closer look at what security systems looked like before and after the onset of smart home tech.
Looking to save money? Before you think about cutting back on dinners out or skimping on your next family vacation, you may want to look right inside your own home to discover where you may be wasting resources—and consequently, money. For instance, electricity powers dozens of machines in our homes
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A smart home can help ease your worries and provide you the peace of mind you need to keep yourself on track with the rest of your day. Here are a few problems that keeping your home connected can solve.
Are you ready for summer travel season? With Memorial Day on the horizon, and school almost finished for the year, many people already have vacation plans for the summer planned out. But have you thought about accommodations for your home while you’re away? Don’t let the threat of intruders take away from enjoying your time off. Utilize some smart home gear from Z-Wave and make your home look lived in – even if it’s not.
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Holiday decorating – whether you have a small set up or a full blown light show in your front yard – is part of getting in the holiday spirit. But it doesn't have to be hard – some quick smart home gear can be you started!
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.
The connected home is no longer the sci-fi dream it once was -- it's now becoming a reality in many homes.
And while home security systems were once complicated and a bit vexing, newer technologies have made them simple and even smarter.
Z-Wave wireless sensor: This gadget is perfect for maintaining safety; it monitors the doors and windows and sends out an alarm via text message and e-mail if any suspicious and intrusive activities are detected.
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 Z-Wave protocol lets you turn on lights from your phone before you get home or open and close a garage door to take a delivery," says Stephanie Miller, Sales Manager for Drees Homes.
So if you have a Z-Wave bridging smart hub, and want to monitor water levels in your sump pump, then the Aeotec Sensor is a great option.
Smart technology is about learning and customization, and that's what smart thermostats are beginning to offer. Smart lighting features provide homeowners with elegance, ambience and energy efficiency.
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.