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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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.
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.
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Chances are good that by the time you read this, you've broken most if not all of your New Year's resolutions. Nobody's blaming you, of course. Our brains to follow through on hard promises. But what if you could program your home to help you keep those promises?
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."
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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.
A defining feature of the new technology is the way Z-Wave devices actually communicate better with one another as more devices are added to the network.
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.
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.
The Fibaro Smart Z-Wave detects temperature, light, and more. It alerts you on your smart device when it detects activity.
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.
"The Z-Wave protocol lets you turn on lights from your phone before you get home or open and close a garage door to take a delivery," says Stephanie Miller, Sales Manager for Drees Homes.
Smart homes filled with connected products are loaded with possibilities to make our lives easier, more convenient, and more comfortable.
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.