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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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.
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.
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There's an old saying that goes something like this: "If you want to experience all four seasons in one day, come to Alabama." Mind you, that's true of many other places beside the Yellowhammer State, especially this time of year. With the seasons changing, chances are you need the heat in the morning, AC at lunch, and heat again by bedtime.
Smart home tech doesn't have to be limited to the four walls of your house - there are quite a bit of ways to enhance your outdoor experience with some connected tech.
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Whether it's the inside or outside of your home that could use some fine tuning, we have a smart home project using Z-Wave tech for you. Check out these 3 projects that you can do over the weekend without spending a ton of time or money.
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.
The Fibaro Smart Z-Wave detects temperature, light, and more. It alerts you on your smart device when it detects activity.
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.
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.
ZigBee and Z-Wave are the two wireless protocols that pretty much all hub-based smarthome products use. There are a small handful of smarthome accessory makers that use their own standard (like Insteon, for instance), but ZigBee and Z-Wave are the two biggest open protocols out there.
Connection to all of your smart devices shouldn't be an issue whatsoever, given that the SmartThings hub offers many of the well-known wireless protocols, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, and ZigBee.
And while home security systems were once complicated and a bit vexing, newer technologies have made them simple and even smarter.
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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