Of all the rooms in your home, your kitchen is probably one of the most important to you. The kitchen is a gathering place where your family comes together to discuss the day, work on homework and of course, eat! Smart kitchens are gaining a lot of attention in the world of smart home with new appliances and gadgets being released from many of the major kitchen retailers. Smart appliances are great but they can be pricey and require a lot of additional help to get up and running. Here are a few ideas that you can quickly install and start using right away – no costly investment or complicated setup required. The best part? It's all available right from the Z-Wave website.
Smart lighting in your kitchen can help make Monday mornings more tolerable and after work dinner prep simpler. Install a few smart lightbulbs, dimmers, switches or strips in your kitchen, then set them to turn on and off to best suit your mood. Set lighting to gradually become brighter for your AM routine and targeted over your cooking prep area in the evening. With LED strips you can even add color to your room (hint: yellow and red are known to be an appetite stimulant). And don't forget a hub! With a monthly subscription, the Nexia Home app will control your entire home from one place on your smartphone.
Here at Z-Wave, we're big fans of using Amazon Echo voice control to easily access smart home devices. With Alexa, even the most mundane of chores – making your grocery list – become easier. Picture this: you're digging around your kitchen trying to plan out meals for the week. Instead of stopping to jot down milk and eggs, simply say "Alexa, add milk to my shopping list," and your requests will be entered immediately onto your Android or iOS device. In addition to making planning easy, Alexa can help you with hands off cooking – just ask her to turn on the kitchen lights or activate a "cooking" scene that turns down your thermostat, brightens your lights, and turns on your Crockpot. Learn more about smart home scenes with Amazon Echo here.
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Besides making your cooking and prep routines simpler, smart home gear can also protect your home and family. Slow roasting a turkey in the oven while you run errands? Ensure that no dangerous mishaps occur with a Z-Wave smart home appliance module or a smart plug, coupled with a Z-Wave enabled smart smoke alarm that sends out immediate alerts whenever smoke or excess heat is detected.
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First things first, you'll want to check and see if you already have any Z-Wave devices in your home. Chances are that you might without even knowing it. If, for example, you have a home security system by ADT Pulse, AT&T Digital Life, Vivint, Alarm.com, ASG Security, Honeywell security, or Protection 1, you may have the foundation for a Z-Wave smart home.
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.
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With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer, you're no doubt starting to look at your house with a mind toward some basic repairs or home improvement. Which makes it the perfect time to start adding some smart home enhancements to your abode, as well. Not to worry – upgrading your home with some smart Z-Wave technology is easy.
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.
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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.
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?"
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.
A smart, or connected, home is defined as one where the lights, heating/ventilation/air-conditioning (HVAC), security alarm and other household devices can be automated and remotely controlled by a smartphone, tablet or computer. The key drivers in smart home adoption are home security, energy efficiency, entertainment, convenience/productivity, connectivity and health monitoring.
The most popular area for new smart systems or devices to appear is home security or safety upgrades, the study found. One-fourth of renovating homeowners install smart products for this area.
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.
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.
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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.
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.