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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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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.

5 Reasons Why Your AirBnB Should Be Connected

5 Reasons Why Your AirBnB Should Be Connected

Vacation properties can provide a holiday oasis for families and friends while being used. But what happens during the rest of the year? Homes often sit unoccupied for long periods of time and until recently, it was hard to maintain and monitor without hiring someone local or spending money on an expensive security system.

Nexia Trailer

CNN features Schlage & Nexia




The Ultimate in Garage Tech

The Ultimate in Garage Tech

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.

Deck the Halls with a Z-Wave Smart Home!

Deck the Halls with a Z-Wave Smart Home!

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!

Samsung's 2016 smart TVs control your gear

FIBARO Smoke Sensor




Let Your Smart Home Whip You Into Shape

Let Your Smart Home Whip You Into Shape

If you're at all familiar with smart home technology, you're probably aware of some of the benefits: the enhanced comfort and energy savings, the increased security, the undeniable convenience. But did you know that a smart home can also improve your health and help you get in shape?

Work from Home? Make Your Home Office Work for You with Connected Tech

Work from Home? Make Your Home Office Work for You with Connected Tech

Working from home can be both challenging and rewarding, depending on your working style. Distractions around the home or loud outside noises can all stand as hurdles when you're trying to buckle down and churn out work.

A Functional Smart Home Relies on the Little Things

TopTenReviews

You should look for accessories that not only work with your chosen DIY home automation system, but also with other types of systems. This is a good way to keep you options open in case you choose a different system in the future. Buying Z-Wave accessories, like the ones we highlight below, is a good way to accomplish this

4 Smart Products To Use When Winterizing Your Vacation Home

Electronic House

Z-Wave powered smart home gear can make it easier for homeowners to prepare for frigid temps and monitor their property to mitigate any potential damage that could occur.

Optimizing The Smart Home For The IoT

Internet of Things Today

As the IoT continues its explosive growth, the role of the home will become increasingly critical. It is time to ensure the security, efficiency and compatibility of the devices that will fuel this growth...

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.

What's New

What's hot in new homes for 2017: Brighter, cleaner, smarter, greener

WRAL

"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.

Smart Homes Keep Getting Smarter

Miami Herald

As this high-tech world we live in continues to bring new advancements to the market, more and more home buyers are also searching for a home that is smart.

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.

Top 10 gadgets for your smart home: Bediator, dish cleaner, robotic vacuum cleaner, wireless sensor, others

International Business Times

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.