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!
Smart home tech isn't just for homeowners - thanks to the wireless capabilities of Z-Wave, you can secure an apartment or condo quickly, easily, and portably thanks to products like Piper NV. On its own, Piper NV is an all-in-one security system with a built-in surveillance camera, motion sensing, remote monitoring, and a security siren, all in package that's small enough to fit in your hand.
Add it to Z-Wave's simple 3-Step Home Security and you can extend Piper's security capabilities form a single room to an entire home. Or you can create your own bundle and add smart home tech like wireless lighting, smart plugs, and more. Setup is quick and easy, and best of all—no monthly monitoring fees!
We all have that one family member who's constantly on the road, whether for work or leisure. Giving the gift of smart home is perfect for them. First, it's a great way to keep tabs on their home from literally anywhere in the world. For another thing, smart home technology can actually prevent potential disasters like leaking pipes or a busted hot water heater while they're on the road.
Start them off with a basic home protection bundle that includes a smart hub and water sensor, and they'll be alerted the instant water starts to flow where it ought not be flowing. If you're feeling extra generous, you could also add an automated water shutoff valve for a completely hands-off, flood-free smart home.
If you have someone on your Holiday shopping list who regularly hosts parties or get-togethers, one great way to make his or her life a lot easier is with smart lighting. After all, there's no easier way to set the mood for an evening or afternoon—dim accents for a quiet dinner party; bright lighting in the den and on the patio for a Super Bowl bash; gentle bathroom illumination for sleepovers. But who has time to keep tabs on every light switch and dimmer when the house is full of guests?
With a good smart lighting system, though, there's no need to worry about every outlet or switch. You can easily dial your lights to the perfect level to fit any mood, and recall those settings at the touch of a button. And all you need to get started is something like the One Touch Living starter kit, which includes your choice of a smart hub, lighting controls and/or smart bulbs, and even motion sensors.
What if you're stuck shopping for someone who already has a fully decked-out Z-Wave smart home? Don't fret; there's no need to resort to your fallback plan of socks and gift cards just yet. Do they already have voice control in their smart home? If not, an Amazon Echo (or even an Echo Dot, if you just need a stocking stuffer) is a great smart home add-on.
Or how about a Button? It's simple. It's stylish. It's certainly a conversation starter. What does it to, you ask? Pretty much anything, actually. The Fibaro Button can be programmed to trigger up to six smart home activities via a single-click, double-click, triple-click, etc., from activating lighting scenes to locking doors, arming the alarm, or whatever your imagination can dream up. It's also the perfect gift if you're worried about giving something the recipient already has. After all, the Button is so versatile and so utterly simple that you could have one in every room and it still wouldn't be too many.
And don't forget – you can give these gifts with a note about Z-Wave.com's stellar customer support (free!) online or on the phone, so they won't struggle when they set everything up.
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Like most smart home systems, Nexia's backbone is a central hub that not only communicates with and coordinates all of your smart devices, but also serves as a gateway between your connected home and the outside world.
Anyone who's ever lived with a pet knows that they're creatures of habit. And really, smart home technology is really just way of teaching your own house a few good habits of its own.
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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!
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.
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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.
These days, having a voice-activated digital assistant in your pocket is pretty much taken for granted. Instead of typing on tiny touchscreens, we've all become accustomed to simply whipping out our phones and saying, "Hey Cortana, call Dad," or "OK Google, dial 911," or "Hey Siri, what is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?"
The homes come standard with home automation that includes locks, lights and a wireless alarm system. Among the products are: Schlage Z-Wave lock, Trane Z-Wave digital thermostat, and Nortek Z-Wave lighting control
Z-Wave and ZigBee are both radio protocols that require a hub of some sort to translate the language of the device to a language your phone can understand. These plugs are often more affordable if you already use a platform like SmartThings or Wink.
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.
If you're still manually turning your lights on and off, 2016 should be the year you finally dare to embrace home automation. Smart home solutions can help you streamline your life to be more efficient and productive. Plus, with fewer home tasks to worry about, you'll end up with more time, energy, and money for the things that really matter.
But you could also do Z-Wave. I recommend you steer clear of ZigBee for this because I haven't yet found a ZigBee switch I love. Aeontec and Fibaro offer these $40 modules that fit inside your electrical box that will allow you to keep your switch, if you happen to like your switches.
Thankfully, smart home technologies can help with the turning off of lights, as well as other habits that can drive up your energy bills.
One of the best reasons for upgrading your home with smart devices is to conserve energy (and money spent on energy bills). And there's no better time than now
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.