If you're not one of the 3 million homes with an Amazon Echo in it, there's a good chance you're coveting one. I mean, who doesn't want to be able to tell a lovely woman named Alexa to add things to their shopping list, play a favorite song, tell you the weather forecast AND turn on the lights in the living room? Alexa is most useful when you've connected your Echo to your smart home hub, allowing you to control devices in your home without lifting a finger.
Did you know that many Z-Wave devices work with Amazon Echo? It's true – we'll prove it.
“Alexa, lower the thermostat by 5 degrees” – about to head upstairs and realizing that you might have forgotten to turn the heat down? With a SmartThings hub and a paired Z-Wave thermostat, a quick ask to your little assistant and it's done before you reach the stop of the staircase.
“Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights” – maybe it was sunny when you started cooking, but the sun's gone down and it's getting dark and your hands are covering in flour and oil from tonight's meal prep. If you've got a Wink hub and some Z-Wave GE smart bulbs, those lights will come on and your light switch stays clean. Win-win.
“Alexa, ask Vivint to arm my security system” – home security systems are great, they give you peace of mind and protect your home and loved ones no matter where you are. But who hasn't gone to leave, hands full with bags and this morning's half-drunk coffee and had to put everything down to arm the system? Don't bother – Alexa will do it for you with a Vivint smart home security hub with Z-Wave inside.
“Alexa, tell HomeSeer to close the garage door” – what is this magic and how do I get it? It's true, with a Z-Wave garage door controller and a HomeSeer hub, Alexa will allow you to close the garage door. From inside your house. Without you moving a muscle. You know the kids left it open again.
“Alexa, turn the living room lamp to 50” – yep, we've established you can control your lighting with simple commands – but did you know you can do it even if you don't have a traditional smart home hub? And if you have dimmable smart bulbs, you can set it to a certain percentage for softer lighting? From an Alarm.com home security panel – with Z-Wave inside – you've got both safety AND the ultimate convenience packaged in one. Is there anything Z-Wave can't do?
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Whether your winters are frozen over or soggy and gloomy, the end of winter means one thing for most of us: a greater risk of water damage. Whether it's frozen pipes that have burst, or spring rains that bring flooding, or drainage systems that are clogged, water in the home is a real issue in the spring. Either way, early detection can make all the difference.
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.
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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.
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For many, home safety and security are intertwined. Seeking peace of mind, homeowners often look for smart home solutions that protect not only their most cherished valuables, but also the home itself and everyone in it.
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
And while home security systems were once complicated and a bit vexing, newer technologies have made them simple and even smarter.
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!
With live and recorded video, instant mobile alerts, Z-Wave home automation and an extensive list of environmental sensors, Piper nv is an excellent choice for a home or office.
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.
The Piper NV ticks a lot of boxes and goes beyond a lot of the other offerings out there. The app also works with Z-Wave devices. That means if you have any other Z-Wave smart home devices, like plug sockets or smart lights, you can control them all through your Piper app too.
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.
Instead, just use smart locks to give them a virtual key, and to give a virtual key to baby sitters, dog walkers, and temporary guests. You don't need to ask your neighbor to water your lawn while you're out of town, or to check to see if you closed the garage door and turned off the lights. You can monitor your lawn watering, and the status of your doors and lights, with your smartphone or tablet.
Home automation is what it sounds like: automating the ability to control items around the house—from window shades to pet feeders—with a simple push of a button (or a voice command). Some activities, like setting up a lamp to turn on and off at your whim, are simple and relatively inexpensive.