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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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
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.
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For many, home safety and security are intertwined. Seeking peace of mind, homeowners often look for smart home solutions that protect not only their most cherished valuables, but also the home itself and everyone in it.
Z-Wave alarm sirens are incredibly versatile – the sky is the limit for what you can do with them. Standard alarms have one sound setting: loud and annoying. So what can you do with your siren in the meantime? Try hooking it up with Z-Wave sensors!
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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?
Spring is here, and that has all of us feeling a lot greener. After all, it's hard not to think at least a little bit about the environment when you've just watched nature call forth all of her bud-tipped bounty! Green devices offer plenty of ways to celebrate the springtime renewal from the safety of the porch—while cutting the Earth a break at the same time.
This is a connected home experience. This (Amazon Echo) is a product that gives you the smart home experience you didn't know you wanted.
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.
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.
So if you have a Z-Wave bridging smart hub, and want to monitor water levels in your sump pump, then the Aeotec Sensor is a great option.
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.
By adding a few pieces of technology to your home, you can ensure that your children, your house, and your belongings are safe, everyone gets out the door on time, and that after-school chores are handled promptly.
I've decided to turn that boo into another woo-hoo by seizing the opportunity my new, falling-down, three bedroom house affords me. I want to make my home smart. As smart, efficient and as seamless as possible. And I'll be detailing that process in this weekly smart home diary.
And while home security systems were once complicated and a bit vexing, newer technologies have made them simple and even smarter.