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Let Your Smart Home Whip You Into Shape

Let Your Smart Home Whip You Into Shape

If you're at all familiar with smart home technology, you're probably aware of some of the benefits: the enhanced comfort and energy savings, the increased security, the undeniable convenience. But did you know that a smart home can also improve your health and help you get in shape?

It seems a little out there, but it's totally true. While no amount of technology can replace the benefits of portion control and regular exercise, the right combination of smart devices and clever programming can help you eat less, move more, and maybe even burn a few extra calories in your sleep.

Eat less

It's hard sometimes to resist the temptation of snacking, and it's doubly hard late at night, when everyone is in bed and there's no one around to judge you for raiding the fridge. And let's face it: that's the worst possible time to snack. With a smart application of contact sensors (or motion sensors) on the snack drawer or refrigerator, combined with a little bit of button poking. Simply set those sensors to flash a light (or better yet, sound an alarm) after bedtime and you'll have all the more motivation to avoid them.

Move more

Need a little extra motivation to wake up and exercise in the morning? Smart home automation can help there, too. The best home automation controllers allow you to turn your home itself into an alarm clock, by activating a wakeup lighting scene and even cueing up your favorite motivational music playlists on a compatible wireless music system. What's more, if you have a SmartThings hub you can download an IFTTT recipe that won't let you turn on your TV until you've hit your Fitbit steps goal for the day. How's that for motivation?

Sleep better

One of the most overlooked ways of improving your health—both mental and physical—is getting a good night's sleep. But can your smart home really help with that? Yes! - by keeping your home a little cooler during the night.

No, seriously. Science seems to be pretty clear on the fact that sleeping in a cooler room can stave off insomnia (and maybe even give your metabolism a bit of a kick start, although that's slightly more controversial). So if you want to sleep better, try setting your programmable thermostat down a few degrees just before bedtime. Even in warmer climates, your HVAC system won't have to work too hard to keep things chilly during the overnight hours, and as an added benefit you'll save money on heating during the winter. And that's certainly not bad for your mental well-being.

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School vacation? Let Z-Wave babysit the kids.

School vacation? Let Z-Wave babysit the kids.

Gearing up for school or summer vacation for the kids can be a source of stress for some parents. You may be worried about leaving the kids home alone during the workday – but did you know that a smart home system powered by Z-Wave is just the answer to put your mind at ease?

Gifts for Grads

Gifts for Grads

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.

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The Renter's Guide to a Z-Wave Smart Home

The Renter's Guide to a Z-Wave Smart Home

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.

Lower your homeowner's insurance with an investment in Z-Wave smart home gear

Lower your homeowner's insurance with an investment in Z-Wave smart home gear

You might already know ways that a Z-Wave smart home system can save you money: smart thermostats that only heat and cool your home when it needs it; smart dimmers that reduce the energy consumption of your lights

Complete Home Energy Efficiency - Vivint

Digital Life Virtual Smart Home - AT&T




Building Your Smart Home on a Small, Medium & Large Budget

Building Your Smart Home on a Small, Medium & Large Budget

How much does smart home technology cost? It's not an easy question to answer. It's not as if you can walk into your local big box store and ask for a medium-sized lighting system with a side order of climate control.

Getting started with Echo + smart home

Getting started with Echo + smart home

If you're reading this blog, my bet is that you have both an Amazon Echo product – either an Echo or it's smaller sister, the Echo Dot – and some smart home gear you'd like to connect and control via Alexa. We'll go through the setup

Amazon Echo: So Much More Than a Smart Speaker

C|Net

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.

How IoT & Smart Home Automation Will Change the Way We Live

Business Insider

Smart homes filled with connected products are loaded with possibilities to make our lives easier, more convenient, and more comfortable.

Three Smart Security Features for Your Front Porch

Alarm.com

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.

Smart homes ease homeowners' minds

ABQ Journal

Smart homes come with options for a home automation controller that allows the user to control things like door locks, light switches, thermostats, cameras, security systems and energy monitoring solutions from their smartphone or tablet.

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