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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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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?

Smart Home Gifts for Every Kind of Dad

Smart Home Gifts for Every Kind of Dad

Chances are the dad in your life has had his share of standard, run of the mill Father’s Day presents like ties, power tools and shaving kits. A poll from Ebates found that electronics are the most wished-for purchase by fathers

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How my Z-Wave Smart Home Saved the Day

How my Z-Wave Smart Home Saved the Day

Ellen Farrow is a Z-Wave customer whose experience serves as a reminder for just how powerful a smart home can be. Ellen explains in her own words how on one day in February this year, her Z-Wave system helped save her home.

Z-Wave to the Rescue: Prevent Water Damage

Z-Wave to the Rescue: Prevent Water Damage

Whether your winters are frozen over or soggy and gloomy, the end of winter means one thing for most of us: a greater risk of water damage. Whether it's frozen pipes that have burst, or spring rains that bring flooding, or drainage systems that are clogged, water in the home is a real issue in the spring. Either way, early detection can make all the difference.

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5 ways Z-Wave works with Amazon Echo

5 ways Z-Wave works with Amazon Echo

If you're not one of the 3 million homes with an Amazon Echo in it, there's a good chance you're coveting one. I mean, who doesn't want to be able to tell a lovely woman named Alexa to add things to their shopping list, play a favorite song, tell you the weather forecast AND turn on the lights in the living room?

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?

15 Gadgets To Make Your Home Smarter


The Fibaro Smart Z-Wave detects temperature, light, and more. It alerts you on your smart device when it detects activity.

4 Smart Home Technologies That Can Reduce Your Electricity Bills

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Thankfully, smart home technologies can help with the turning off of lights, as well as other habits that can drive up your energy bills.

Optimizing The Smart Home For The IoT

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As the IoT continues its explosive growth, the role of the home will become increasingly critical. It is time to ensure the security, efficiency and compatibility of the devices that will fuel this growth...

Smart Homes Keep Getting Smarter

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As this high-tech world we live in continues to bring new advancements to the market, more and more home buyers are also searching for a home that is smart.

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Decorate Your Home With These 7 Stylish Security Cameras


With live and recorded video, instant mobile alerts, Z-Wave home automation and an extensive list of environmental sensors, Piper nv is an excellent choice for a home or office.

4 Smart Products To Use When Winterizing Your Vacation Home

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Z-Wave powered smart home gear can make it easier for homeowners to prepare for frigid temps and monitor their property to mitigate any potential damage that could occur.

Why Smart Homes Will Be a Million Times Better Than 'The Jetsons'


A smart, or connected, home is defined as one where the lights, heating/ventilation/air-conditioning (HVAC), security alarm and other household devices can be automated and remotely controlled by a smartphone, tablet or computer. The key drivers in smart home adoption are home security, energy efficiency, entertainment, convenience/productivity, connectivity and health monitoring.

Will Smart Homes Become as Common as Smartphones by 2025?


Americans expect homes will have at least one piece of smart home tech in them within 10 years, with smart homes being as commonplace as smartphones by 2025, according to a recent study underwritten by Intel. And that prevalence of smart tech is expected to come with some big benefits.