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5 ways Z-Wave works with Amazon Echo

5 ways Z-Wave works with Amazon Echo

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.

  1. “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.

  2. “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.

  3. “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.

  4. “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.

  5. “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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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.

How my Z-Wave Smart Home Saved the Day

How my Z-Wave Smart Home Saved the Day

Ellen Farrow is a Z-Wave customer whose experience serves as a reminder for just how powerful a smart home can be. Ellen explains in her own words how on one day in February this year, her Z-Wave system helped save her home.

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5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do with Z-Wave

5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do with Z-Wave

By now, you're probably familiar with the basics of what a smart home can do: unlock and lock your doors remotely, control devices like lights and thermostats from your smart app and allow these gadgets to talk to one another and create automated scenes to make life easier and comfortable.

Z-Wave to the Rescue: Prevent Water Damage

Z-Wave to the Rescue: Prevent Water Damage

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.

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Z-Wave Smart Homes Help Keep Kids Safe

Z-Wave Smart Homes Help Keep Kids Safe

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.

Grow your ADT Pulse Smart Home

Grow your ADT Pulse Smart Home

ADT Pulse is a professionally monitored security system with smart home capabilities baked in. But did you know that once your system is setup, it's easy to add smart locks, dimmers and light switches, thermostats, and garage door controllers

The Smart Home Guide: A DIY Project for Z-Wave Automatic Blinds

Build Your Smart Home

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!

Unleash Your Front Door's Potential with these 7 smart locks

C|NET

From industry staples like Kwikset, Schlage and Yale to startups like August and Poly-Control, the smart lock market is quickly gaining ground. What separates these brainiacs from your standard front door lock is an added layer of tech, typically Bluetooth, Z-Wave or Wi-Fi -- or some combination of the three.

How IoT & Smart Home Automation Will Change the Way We Live

Business Insider

Smart homes filled with connected products are loaded with possibilities to make our lives easier, more convenient, and more comfortable.

'Smart home' gear the star of the Consumer Electronics Show

KDVR

Fox News KDVR takes a tour of the Z-Wave Experience Home with George from Nexia and discusses how Z-Wave allows for complete synchronization, control, and ease of use in a smart home.

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Expert: Apps, video doorbells improve safety

Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

For example, if someone needs to be let into my house when I’m not there, I can let someone in, and can even join with a thermostat or some Z-Wave lights. Z-Wave is a wireless technology that lets smart devices communicate with one another. Household products are made "smart" when Z-Wave connectivity is added inside the product’s design.

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...

Smart childproofing: How I created a safer home with smart home tech

BabyCenter.com Blog

When my son was five, I overheard him plotting with the girl next door to sneak out and meet up for a play date—after my husband and I were asleep. That was the day I decided to get a smart home security system.

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.