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.
motion detection, temperature sensors, vent humidity, flood sensors, Z-Wave, Home Control, Smart Home
By now, you're probably familiar with the basics of what a smart home can do: unlock and lock your doors remotely, control devices like lights and thermostats from your smart app and allow these gadgets to talk to one another and create automated scenes to make life easier and comfortable.
One of the easiest ways of explaining an unfamiliar technology is to compare it with something people already understand. That's why you might hear things like: "It's like Wi-Fi, but…" or "It's similar to Bluetooth, but…" when talking about Z-Wave
Piece of Cake - AT&T Digital Life
FIBARO Smoke Sensor
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.
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.
Dawn Of The Smart Home - Vivint
Linear - Z-Wave 3-Way Wall Mount Dimmer
For most parents, the prospect of leaving their children at home alone can inspire fears ranging from minor mishaps to major disaster. There is always concern about what the kids are up to and who may be invited in when mom and dad are not home to supervise, or even the possibility of an accident occurring when the child is alone.
Have questions about getting started with smart home technology and feeling a little overwhelmed? You came to the right place, because we have answers.
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 wireless sensor: This gadget is perfect for maintaining safety; it monitors the doors and windows and sends out an alarm via text message and e-mail if any suspicious and intrusive activities are detected.
With the help of Z-Wave Automatic Blinds technology, you'll be able to make your home even smarter. The best part is you'll be able to achieve that on a budget!
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.
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.
Fox News KDVR takes a tour of the Z-Wave Experience Home with George from Nexia and discusses how Z-Wave allows for complete synchronization, control, and ease of use in a smart home.
One benefit of a connected home is that it should (asuming the system is working) let you know when there's a problem, even if you're not there. It's one reason those with vacation homes are installing smart leak detectors, Wi-Fi-enabled cameras, and so on. And just because your second home is on wheels, it doesn't mean having devices that keep an eye on things is any less helpful.
For example, if someone needs to be let into my house when I’m not there, I can let someone in, and can even join with a thermostat or some Z-Wave lights. Z-Wave is a wireless technology that lets smart devices communicate with one another. Household products are made "smart" when Z-Wave connectivity is added inside the product’s design.