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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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Keep Your Holiday Dinners Running Smoothly with Smart Home Tech

Keep Your Holiday Dinners Running Smoothly with Smart Home Tech

With smart home technology, you can take the stress out of hosting your first (or fifteenth!) family holiday dinner, or at least remove some of the most common frustrations.

Smart Home Technology That Emphasizes The Home

Smart Home Technology That Emphasizes The Home

I'm an engineer who loves to tinker – but if you told me I'd have to swap out all my smart home products every couple of years the way I do my smartphone, I’d say that's not very smart at all.

Home Security Bear - Vivint

FIBARO Smoke Sensor

A Z-Wave hub, a gateway, a controller - what's the difference?

A Z-Wave hub, a gateway, a controller - what's the difference?

If you've been thinking about adding some smarts to your home, you may have already researched light and dimmers, door locks and thermostats—all of the various bits and pieces that go into creating a connected home experience. But how do you get all of this stuff to talk to each other and create a completely integrated smart home system? Do you need a hub, gateway, or controller?

A Smarter Kitchen

A Smarter Kitchen

Of all the rooms in your home, your kitchen is probably one of the most important to you. The kitchen is a gathering place where your family comes together to discuss the day, work on homework and of course, eat! Smart kitchens are gaining a lot of attention in the world of smart home with new appliances and gadgets being released

Z-Wave Smart Home Monitoring Your Kids

Jasco Z-Wave In-Wall Smart Switch

How the Integration of Smart Home Devices can Save Homeowners Money

How the Integration of Smart Home Devices can Save Homeowners Money

Looking to save money? Before you think about cutting back on dinners out or skimping on your next family vacation, you may want to look right inside your own home to discover where you may be wasting resources—and consequently, money. For instance, electricity powers dozens of machines in our homes

3 Ways Your Smart Home Helps You Meet Your Goals

3 Ways Your Smart Home Helps You Meet Your Goals

Chances are good that by the time you read this, you've broken most if not all of your New Year's resolutions. Nobody's blaming you, of course. Our brains to follow through on hard promises. But what if you could program your home to help you keep those promises?

Basic Smart Home Technology Terms and Definitions


Home automation itself is the process of setting up your home appliances, entertainment, surveillance, and more so that you can control these with functions and features on a computer, smartphone, or tablet. A smart home is a home that has installed products that can be controlled with home automation.

5 Steps to Better Home Security with Smart Lighting

Electronic House

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.

TWICE VIP Award Nominations: Wireless Door Locks


The new motorized deadbolts utilize the Z-Wave wireless protocol to enable true remote locking and unlocking. This allows homeowners to remotely access and control the lock from anywhere in the world, using a smartphone, tablet or Internet connected device.

7 Ways to Prepare Your Smart Home for the Winter Months

Electronic House

Here are 7 things homeowners should consider as they prepare for seasonal adjustments to optimize home performance.

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5 Quick Smart Home Updates to Revamp Your House


Smart homes may seem intimidating but here are a few quick summer projects you can do to reinvent your dumb home and bring it to life as a smart one.

Best Smart Locks of 2016

Tom's Guide

Of all the different types of smart home products — lights, thermostats and cameras, to name a few — smart door locks are among the most popular. Going beyond the simple key, these locks can be operated using your smartphone, and can be connected to a larger smart home system to make your life easier.

3 Practical Benefits of Turning Your Ordinary Home into a Smart Home

Realty Today

It is good to realize that a smart home is not just mere product of a person whims and caprices. Like your smart phones and watches, a smart home may also serve you beyond convenience. And here below are some of the benefits of turning your home into a smart home.

What's hot in new homes for 2017: Brighter, cleaner, smarter, greener


"The Z-Wave protocol lets you turn on lights from your phone before you get home or open and close a garage door to take a delivery," says Stephanie Miller, Sales Manager for Drees Homes.