Holiday decorating – whether you have a small set up or a full blown light show in your front yard – is part of getting in the holiday spirit. But it doesn't have to be hard – some quick smart home gear can be you started! In fact, holiday decorations and smart home tech go together like cookies and Santa Claus. With just a little bit of hardware and a little bit of programming, you can make even the most modest decorations more convenient, safer, and more interactive.
Consider the difference a single smart plug could make when paired with a good Z-Wave hub. Plug your holiday lights in, and suddenly you have the power to set schedules that keep things lit when you're there to enjoy them and conserve energy when you're not. It makes lighting up the house simple and hassle free.
And it doesn't just have to be holiday lights that get in on the automated magic, either. If you have a gas fireplace, you could also add a Z-Wave control module to it and make it part of your holiday decorations. Imagine coming home and lighting your lights, starting a fire, and even cueing up your favorite holiday playlist all with the touch of a button. Or the sound of your voice, if you have Amazon Echo or Google Home.
Better yet, some smart home hubs, like SmartThings, allow you to trigger automated events via geo-fencing, so as soon as you walk in the front door the celebration begins, and as soon as the last person leaves home, the holiday lights turn off along with the rest of your lighting.
You could also spruce things up by whipping up a quick automated event that ties your Z-Wave doorbell and wireless sound system so that visitors aren't met with the same old boring ding-dong, but a happy "Ho Ho Ho!" or holiday jingle instead.
There's really no limit to the things you can do with smart home technology to make your holidays merrier and brighter. If you need some additional inspiration, check out the Resource Center here on Z-Wave.com.
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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.
If you're planning on putting your home on the market anytime soon, it's probably a good idea to smarten it up a bit before your realtor starts showing it.
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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.
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The traditional American front porch isn't just a timeless scene. It's also a functional part of your home, where safety, security and convenience are paramount. A few subtle 21st century additions can really enhance your porch, making it an even more enjoyable area to use.
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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.