We often talk about smart home in terms of devices: how flood sensors can save you from soggy disaster; what makes one Z-Wave hub different from another. But when you get right down to it, it's the programming that makes a smart home smart, not to mention uniquely yours.
Take motion sensors for example. Most of them are pretty similar in both form and function, from straightforward offerings that just detect motion to more advanced models that add temperature sensing and even humidity, light, ultraviolet, and vibration readings to the mix. Installing any of these sensors, along with a Z-Wave compatible hub, is like giving your home eyes and ears, and the input that they detect can be used to give you real home automation.
But rather than dealing purely in hypotheticals, I thought I might dig into some of the very specific ways I've used motion sensors in my own smart home system to enhance comfort and safety for my family, save energy, and avoid a few broken toes.
One of the big advantages of Z-Wave motion sensors is that most are battery powered, which allows you to place them literally anywhere. For example, I have a motion sensor under my bed, aiming outward, that only works between midnight and sunrise. That way when it senses my feet as I'm crawling out of bed, my bathroom light turns on at 10 percent brightness—just enough to keep me from kicking the furniture on the way to the powder room and back. Even my dog has his own motion sensor in the hallway that works on the same schedule and gently illuminates a path to the kitchen so he can get a drink of water in the middle of the night.
None of the automated events described here took me more than a few seconds each to program, and depending on which Z-Wave hub you use, putting your own motion sensors to work in this way may require no more than a few button clicks. But if you get stuck and need assistance, the experts at Z-Wave.com are there to chat with you, seven days a week, or you can call 866.951.9812.
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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.
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Smart homes are slowly making their way into the mainstream, with more and more people wanting to raise the IQ of their house. But what about those already in the know? Are there any benefits to being an early adopter beyond those bragging rights? We break down 5 reasons why you should be amongst those getting a head start on their smart homes
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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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?
With June right around the corner, college graduation season is finally here. College students dedicate four (or more!) years to all-night studying sessions, test taking, and staying organized so they can walk across that stage and snag their diploma. Sure, you could give students a gift card or some cash but what about a smart home gift that’s as unique as it is practical? As students move onto bigger and better, that often means moving out of shared dorms or apartments and into their own place. Help the student in your life start post-grad living with a breeze with the convenience of Z-Wave smart home gear.
The five tips shared here are solid lighting control suggestions that can boost the effectiveness a home security system, or even be used on their own for your own peace of mind, whether the emergency is finding a snack without stubbing your toe or scaring away an intruder in the middle of the night.
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Americans expect homes will have at least one piece of smart home tech in them within 10 years, with smart homes being as commonplace as smartphones by 2025, according to a recent study underwritten by Intel. And that prevalence of smart tech is expected to come with some big benefits.
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
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What will really set you apart from your neighbors is installing a system that comes complete with an accompanying mobile app. The GE Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control Outdoor Module does exactly that. When guests are leaving, you can wow them with a simple tap on your smart device.
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.
For while this diary is going to be all about the latest and greatest smart home tech – an area I consider myself at least mildly authoritative on – getting that tech connected and playing nicely is a different beast entirely.