Whether you're a techie or not you've likely heard of CES, the largest consumer electronics show in the world. CES is the place where companies come to launch their newest gadgets and gear and it gives shoppers a chance to see what's coming in the next few years.
A constantly evolving trend spotted at this mega-show? Smart home technology of course, and Z-Wave was present in full-force. If you follow us on social media you may have seen photos or video of the Z-Wave Experience Home – a live demo with mock rooms fully decked out in Z-Wave gear or the Z-Wave Alliance Pavilion exhibiting over 50 members and their Z-Wave compatible products.
Want everything you need for water damage prevention management in your home pieced together in one cohesive package? The Guardian from Dome by Elexa offers just that with a system that not only notifies about water leaks and potential flooding, but actively works to stop them.
The Fibaro Button is a Z-Wave scene controller that allows you to quickly activate or deactivate any device or scene within the home by simply pressing down on it. This fun device is available in 8 different colors to fit any décor (we love this one in blue!) and can be mounted to virtually anywhere in your home.
New to smart home technology? Smart lighting like the Jasco Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus LED Bulb is a great way to get started. Couple these bulbs with the new Z-Wave GE Smart Multi Sensors and Motion Sensors, and you have an energy efficient smart home with functions like wirelessly triggered scenes that automatically turn lights on when you enter a room and shut off once you've left.
A smart home offers not only convenience but also the promise of a more secure and manageable home. The Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock Z-Wave model operates exclusively via the touchscreen or through your phone. That's right, no more keys! Simply type in a personal code to unlock the door and gain access.
Looking for even more ways to manage home security? This doorbell sensor from Nexia sends an alert directly to your smartphone when your doorbell has been rung, and can even sync with a Nexia outdoor camera so that you can monitor and view anyone who may be on your front porch or doorstep while you're away.
Smart home technology doesn't have to mean just smart bulbs or locks – it can be a great fit for home décor as well. Use Z-Wave technology to sync LED lighting via these easy to install strips with your smart home scenes and accent your home with over 16 million color combinations.
These are just a few of the many smart home products that work with Z-Wave (over 1,700 certified products worldwide!) so be sure to take a look around the Z-Wave site for even more smart home gear. Our solutions page makes it easy to find everything you need for the way you and your family lives.
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Working from home can be both challenging and rewarding, depending on your working style. Distractions around the home or loud outside noises can all stand as hurdles when you're trying to buckle down and churn out work.
Have questions about getting started with smart home technology and feeling a little overwhelmed? You came to the right place, because we have answers.
GE Z-Wave - On/Off Switch
Complete Home Automation Package - Vivint
With renting comes a lot of different considerations – you're generally restricted to what you can install or add to walls, and switching out installed items like a thermostat is usually frowned upon. So how do renters install a Z-Wave smart home with tech that they can bring with them after they move? We have a few solutions.
A smart home can protect you from an unwanted intrusion, but how else can it protect your home? According to the most recent full-year statistics from the National Fire Protection Association, 365,000 home fires caused 12,875 injuries and 2,380 casualties in 2012, leading to $5.7 billion in damages.
Home Security Bear - Vivint
Notifications & Alerts - AT&T Digital Life
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.
Sometimes the smart home can feel pretty futuristic, but often new tech comes along that is aimed at making every day task much simpler. Can you imagine walking into your house, and quickly gesturing at your wall to turn your lights and music on?
Smart homes filled with connected products are loaded with possibilities to make our lives easier, more convenient, and more comfortable.
Of all the different types of smart home products — lights, thermostats and cameras, to name a few — smart door locks are among the most popular. Going beyond the simple key, these locks can be operated using your smartphone, and can be connected to a larger smart home system to make your life easier.
You should look for accessories that not only work with your chosen DIY home automation system, but also with other types of systems. This is a good way to keep you options open in case you choose a different system in the future. Buying Z-Wave accessories, like the ones we highlight below, is a good way to accomplish this
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.
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.
Smart homes come with options for a home automation controller that allows the user to control things like door locks, light switches, thermostats, cameras, security systems and energy monitoring solutions from their smartphone or tablet.
So how can a smart home improve your everyday life? For starters, they are surprisingly easy to use, make life more efficient and add a comforting layer of security to your family's home.
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