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5 Every Day Problems Your Smart Home Can Solve

5 Every Day Problems Your Smart Home Can Solve

Life gets busy. We get that. Between chauffeuring the kids around, late meetings, and a seemingly endless list of to-dos, it's easy to lose track of what you have and haven't done. Those lingering thoughts creep their way into your head constantly. You know the kind – “did I forget to pay that bill?” or “did I water the flowers before we left for vacation?” 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.

  1. Did I lock the front door?

You're rushing around in the morning, trying to get the kids organized and fed. You run out the door with just moments to spare. Driving to work the thought hits you – “did I lock the front door?” Don't let these nagging thoughts ruin you day. Simply use a smart lock that allows you to lock your door remotely with a swipe on your smartphone.

  1. Is my stove still turned on?

The front door likely isn't the only thing in your home you worry about leaving. Kitchen appliances like the iron or the stove also have a tendency to be forgotten as you rush around, running errands. With a Z-Wave smart home appliance module or a smart plug, controlling your kitchen is as easy as the press of a button.

  1. The forecast is calling for 30 degrees tonight – is my heat set?

As temperatures continue to drop every week and winter weather right around the corner, it's increasingly important to make sure your home's heating is set correctly. Use a Z-Wave smart thermostat to control climate in your home, no matter where you are and come home to a perfectly heated home.

  1. Will my house be safe while I'm away this weekend?

If you're headed on vacation, forget about spending money on a house sitter or installing a pre-programmed lighting timer that lacks customization. There are a number of ways to keep your home safe with Z-Wave technology but a security system is a great starting point. Install a security camera that can be monitored from your mobile phone like the Piper nv smart home security system. The Piper is an all-in-one security system that packs a motion sensor, 180-degree surveillance camera, 105 dB siren, and a two-way intercom system. This small, versatile system directly alerts you of any emergencies and motion sensors automatically record video from its camera.

  1. Is Fido digging in the trash again?

Pets can easily get into trouble at home while you're away, and a smart home is a great way to help deter bad behavior. If Fido has a habit of digging in the kitchen trash, for example, simply install a smart sensor on the door frame that activates as soon as they walk through it. This same sensor can also be set to activate a pre-recorded warning – “Fido, stop!” – via a wireless speaker system.

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Eco-friendly Smart Home Gadgets to Green Your Spring

Eco-friendly Smart Home Gadgets to Green Your Spring

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.

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!

FIBARO Motion Sensor

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Weekend DIY Projects for a Smart(er) Home with Z-Wave

Weekend DIY Projects for a Smart(er) Home with Z-Wave

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.

School vacation? Let Z-Wave babysit the kids.

School vacation? Let Z-Wave babysit the kids.

Gearing up for school or summer vacation for the kids can be a source of stress for some parents. You may be worried about leaving the kids home alone during the workday – but did you know that a smart home system powered by Z-Wave is just the answer to put your mind at ease?

Linear - Z-Wave Wall Mount Dimmer Switch

FIBARO Home Automation System




Tips for Staying Safe by Getting Smart for Hurricane Season

Tips for Staying Safe by Getting Smart for Hurricane Season

Though the North Atlantic hurricane season officially kicks off on June 1 every year, the threat of tropical weather really starts to kick into high gear in August and September. So if you live anywhere near the coastal regions likely to be struck by a severe weather, it pays to be extra prepared this time of year.

Setting scenes: the magic of smart homes

Setting scenes: the magic of smart homes

The concept of home lighting is pretty simple: you hit a switch, the room is illuminated. The light switch functionality hasn't changed much since its invention. But what if you could power them all of your lights down instantly at the touch of a single button? With Z-Wave smart home technology, you can. Quite easily. And that's just scratching the surface of the intelligence you can add to your home with automation called "scenes."

The Best Smart Home Automation Hubs of 2017

Voltimum

Icontrol Networks Piper Nv - this multifaceted device also controls and interacts with various Z-Wave home automation devices, including smart switches and dimmers, door and window sensors, and range extenders.

Three Smart Security Features for Your Front Porch

Alarm.com

The traditional American front porch isn't just a timeless scene. It's also a functional part of your home, where safety, security and convenience are paramount. A few subtle 21st century additions can really enhance your porch, making it an even more enjoyable area to use.

Build first, automate later: how to approach a smart home retrofit

Connected Lifestyle

A home automation system that runs across a whole house will benefit from a central processing unit that can act as a gateway for – and converse with – each of the sensors, devices and interfaces in the property.

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.

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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.

Best Smart Locks of 2016

Tom's Guide

Of all the different types of smart home products — lights, thermostats and cameras, to name a few — smart door locks are among the most popular. Going beyond the simple key, these locks can be operated using your smartphone, and can be connected to a larger smart home system to make your life easier.

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.

4 Smart Home Technologies That Can Reduce Your Electricity Bills

Electronic House

Thankfully, smart home technologies can help with the turning off of lights, as well as other habits that can drive up your energy bills.