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Master the Elements with Your Z-Wave Smart Home

Master the Elements with Your Z-Wave Smart Home

Some of the most popular and sought after items for homeowners are things that protect and keep a home safe. Whether it's preventing burglaries and unwanted intruders or making sure your home is protected from the elements, these purchases are among the most important you can make for your family. But what about protecting your home from the elements? The weather is as unpredictable as ever, with record high temperatures, wind speeds and natural forest fires, how can you protect your home and your family? Z-Wave can help.


What is a smart thermostat really if not a means of altering the atmosphere around us? Smart climate control systems give us the ability to keep our homes dialed into the perfect temperature when we're at home, and conserve energy when we're not. Add to that the ability for your home to sense carbon monoxide and send alerts to your phone—through the air!—and you can be sure the air in your home is comfortable and livable at any moment of the day.


And the same goes for the most destructive of elements. Smart home technology can't put out fires—at least not yet—but a home automation system equipped with a Z-Wave smoke detector and alarm system could alert you to a smoldering spark before it becomes a full-blown blaze. Combine these detectors with a smart lighting system, and your home could also automatically light a path to safety for your family. You could also program exterior lights to flash in the event of a fire, drawing the attention of first responders.


A smart home system could also save your home from equally destructive water damage with a few well-placed flood sensors. But lest you think we're all about the doom and gloom here, you could also put your smart home system to work distributing water to your lawn more intelligently. With a home automation controller, a few Z-Wave relays, a bit of hose, and some sprinkler heads, you could quickly whip up a smart irrigation system that keeps track of rain showers and heat waves to ensure that your lawn never gets too much or too little of the wet stuff.


As far as we know, no one has cooked up a smart home device that lets you control the ground beneath your feet, but the best home automation controllers can keep track of where your feet are in relation to it. With SmartThings, for example, you can set up geofences that track your comings and goings and trigger automatic events in the home based on that. When the last person leaves home, for example, the front door automatically locks if it isn't locked already. Or when you arrive home after dark, the foyer light automatically turns on.

I don't know about you, but to me that sounds like elemental magic even in 2016.


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Work from Home? Make Your Home Office Work for You with Connected Tech

Work from Home? Make Your Home Office Work for You with Connected Tech

Working from home can be both challenging and rewarding, depending on your working style. Distractions around the home or loud outside noises can all stand as hurdles when you're trying to buckle down and churn out work.

You have smart home questions, we have... well, smart answers

You have smart home questions, we have... well, smart answers

Have questions about getting started with smart home technology and feeling a little overwhelmed? You came to the right place, because we have answers.

IFA 2015 LG - Smart Home

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Z-Wave Smart Home Holiday Gift Guide

Z-Wave Smart Home Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect Holiday gifts for your family? The experts at Z-Wave.com are here to make your shopping experience easier with starter bundles that can be customized to fit the exact needs and skill level of everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Summer's here! Throw a party with ease with Z-Wave

Summer's here! Throw a party with ease with Z-Wave

Smart home gear is all about convenience. It saves you time and money and keeps you safe – but it's summer! Time to kick back and relax. So let smart home tech help you do that for all your outdoor entertaining.

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Smart Home and Home Automation: What's The Difference?

Smart Home and Home Automation: What's The Difference?

Oftentimes you'll see the terms "smart home" and "home automation" used interchangeably, which may lead you to wonder why there are so many terms for the same concept

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.

6 Back to School Basics for your Smart Home


By adding a few pieces of technology to your home, you can ensure that your children, your house, and your belongings are safe, everyone gets out the door on time, and that after-school chores are handled promptly.

7 Things You Can Link Together on Z-Wave in Your Home


A defining feature of the new technology is the way Z-Wave devices actually communicate better with one another as more devices are added to the network.

Get Smart With Stacey: When Gadgets, Voice Commands Don't Play Nice

PC Mag

But you could also do Z-Wave. I recommend you steer clear of ZigBee for this because I haven't yet found a ZigBee switch I love. Aeontec and Fibaro offer these $40 modules that fit inside your electrical box that will allow you to keep your switch, if you happen to like your switches.

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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5 Steps to Better Home Security with Smart Lighting

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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.

The Frictionless Home: The Next Wave of Home Technology

Realty Biz News

Exploring not only how a connected home can add convenience and safety to your life, but how it might add value to your home in the future.

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Of the key drivers of smart homes is its ability to offer money and energy saving options. This is individually rewarding, but it is also good for the planet. As more and more benefits are offered to home and business owners that find ways to reserve the limited resources of Earth, smart home technology stands out as a green solution.

How to Build Your Smart Home: A Beginner's Guide

PC Magazine

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.