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3 Smart Home Projects to Work on This Spring

3 Smart Home Projects to Work on This Spring

Ah, Spring. The weather is finally warm enough to open the windows, soak in some backyard sun and most importantly – get projects done around the house! Whether it's the inside or outside of your home that could use some fine tuning, we have a smart home project using Z-Wave tech for you. Check out these 3 projects that you can do over the weekend without spending a ton of time or money.

Install smart home tech in your garage

What you need: Smart Hub, Z-Wave door controller

You may already have smart home tech inside of your home, but what about inside of your garage? With a Z-Wave powered garage door controller, you can easily control your garage doors from anywhere using an app on your smart phone. This reduces the need for old-school remotes that you have to fumble with in your car as you pull into the driveway.

You can even sync your garage door controller to other compatible smart home devices in your home to create a "Welcome Home" scene that opens your garage door and turns on exterior and interior lighting.

Secure your home inside and out

What you need: Smart Hub , Door and window sensor, Smart Alarm or Siren, Smart Locks

Speaking of adding smart tech outside of the home, making sure your doors and windows are securely monitored is one way to use Z-Wave products. Add a door sensor to your garage door and your front door, as well as any other doors around the home that you want to monitor. You'll receive an alert to your phone when the door or window is tampered with and either open or closed. In addition to door or window sensors, you could go a more traditional route and install an indoor wireless siren or a smart door lock.

An indoor wireless siren like the Everspring Z-Wave Indoor Siren will give a loud, adjustable flashing alert when other Z-Wave devices like a window or flood sensor are triggered. Add a smart lock like one of the many options from Schlage and ditch your house keys by setting up custom passcodes for every member of the family. This option also comes with a built-in alarm that alerts you to activity at the door.

Smarten up your indoor or outdoor fans

What you need: Smart Hub, Smart Fan Control

One of the best parts of spring weather is being able to sit outside on a front porch or inside with the windows cracked open. Using a ceiling fan is a great way to keep home temperatures stable but did you know you can actually smarten those up too? If you have a ceiling fan inside or outside, set it up with an in-wall fan control that replaces standard in-wall switches to remotely control your fans. Options like the GE Z-Wave In-Wall Smart Fan Control come in colors to match standard faceplates and can be synced with other Z-Wave control devices like a light switch so that when you turn off a living room smart light via your smartphone app, your ceiling fan will turn off as well.

Feeling inspired? Visit our Solutions page to get more ideas on ways to build out your Z-Wave smart home.

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z-wave products, smart hubs, z-wave door controller, z-wave window sensor, smart locks, smart alarm, Everspring Z-Wave Indoor Siren, Schlage





3 Ways Home Automation Can Help Your Family

3 Ways Home Automation Can Help Your Family

How can home automation actually make life better for you and your family? It's a question we hear all the time. There's no denying the enhanced convenience of being able to turn on a light from the palm of your hand, or adjusting the thermostat from the comfort of your favorite spot on the sofa.

Smart Home Basic Starter Kit

Smart Home Basic Starter Kit

With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer, you're no doubt starting to look at your house with a mind toward some basic repairs or home improvement. Which makes it the perfect time to start adding some smart home enhancements to your abode, as well. Not to worry – upgrading your home with some smart Z-Wave technology is easy.

GE Z-Wave Plug-in Outdoor Smart Switch

Z-Wave Smart Home Monitoring Your Kids




Z-Wave Smart Home Holiday Gift Guide

Z-Wave Smart Home Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect Holiday gifts for your family? The experts at Z-Wave.com are here to make your shopping experience easier with starter bundles that can be customized to fit the exact needs and skill level of everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Gifts for Grads

Gifts for Grads

With June right around the corner, college graduation season is finally here. College students dedicate four (or more!) years to all-night studying sessions, test taking, and staying organized so they can walk across that stage and snag their diploma. Sure, you could give students a gift card or some cash but what about a smart home gift that’s as unique as it is practical? As students move onto bigger and better, that often means moving out of shared dorms or apartments and into their own place. Help the student in your life start post-grad living with a breeze with the convenience of Z-Wave smart home gear.

Jasco Z-Wave In-Wall Smart Switch

Piece of Cake - AT&T Digital Life




Getting started with Echo + smart home

Getting started with Echo + smart home

If you're reading this blog, my bet is that you have both an Amazon Echo product – either an Echo or it's smaller sister, the Echo Dot – and some smart home gear you'd like to connect and control via Alexa. We'll go through the setup

Top Tips to Getting Started with a Z-Wave Smart Home

Top Tips to Getting Started with a Z-Wave Smart Home

This month we're going back to basics with Josh from ZWaveZone.com, an awesome resource for everything Z-Wave home automation related. If you're new to the world of smart home, you may be wondering where to start and how using Z-Wave can benefit you and your home. Josh offers his top tips and tricks to getting started with a Z-Wave home and products he loves.

Basic Smart Home Technology Terms and Definitions

House-o-Matic

Home automation itself is the process of setting up your home appliances, entertainment, surveillance, and more so that you can control these with functions and features on a computer, smartphone, or tablet. A smart home is a home that has installed products that can be controlled with home automation.

6 Back to School Basics for your Smart Home

ElectronicHouse

By adding a few pieces of technology to your home, you can ensure that your children, your house, and your belongings are safe, everyone gets out the door on time, and that after-school chores are handled promptly.

Open Sesame: Smart Locks to Keep Your Home Secure

Digital Trends

Yale Real Living Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt With Z-Wave ($165) - We put the Yale's touchscreen lock at the top of this list because it checks all the basic requirements for a good smart lock. It's easy to install, works with smart home systems such as SmartThings and Honeywell, and the backlit digital keypad eliminates the need to carry around house keys.

Amazon Echo: So Much More Than a Smart Speaker

C|Net

This is a connected home experience. This (Amazon Echo) is a product that gives you the smart home experience you didn't know you wanted.

What's New

15 Gadgets To Make Your Home Smarter

CrookedBrains

The Fibaro Smart Z-Wave detects temperature, light, and more. It alerts you on your smart device when it detects activity.

The Connected Home: How to Get Started

ABC News

The connected home is no longer the sci-fi dream it once was -- it's now becoming a reality in many homes.

5 Steps to Better Home Security with Smart Lighting

Electronic House

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.

TWICE VIP Award Nominations: Wireless Door Locks

TWICE

The new motorized deadbolts utilize the Z-Wave wireless protocol to enable true remote locking and unlocking. This allows homeowners to remotely access and control the lock from anywhere in the world, using a smartphone, tablet or Internet connected device.