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Smart Home Basic Starter Kit

Smart Home Basic Starter Kit

Start small, start smart

With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer, you're no doubt starting to look at your house with a mind toward some basic repairs or home improvement. Which makes it the perfect time to start adding some smart home enhancements to your abode, as well. Not to worry – upgrading your home with some smart Z-Wave technology is easier than cleaning out the gutters or patching up a leaky faucet. And deciding which smart devices to start with is just as easy thanks to the variety of smart home products available at Z-Wave.com.

A great place to start—especially this spring—would be the new basic smart home kit, which could include hub, a smart lock, lights, and sensors for your doors or windows. Why that kit in particular? For one thing, you're probably exiting and entering your house a lot more frequently this time of year that you did in the dark of winter. Smart locks not only give you the extra convenience of easy access (after all, who among us hasn't dashed out the door and forgotten our house key?) but they also allow you to keep tabs on who's coming and going, even when you're not home. With a smart lock and paired hub, get a notification when the kids get home from school or give the babysitter a personalized access code that only works during specific times of day. Peace of mind for your home and family.

Chances are good that you'll be opening windows more frequently to let in that sweet spring breeze now that you're running the heater less frequently and don't quite need air conditioning just yet. With Z-Wave door/window sensors, you can see at a glance whether any of them have been left open when they shouldn't. You can also just as easily get a notification on your smart phone if a window is opened when no one is supposed to be home.

Smart lighting, especially on the front porch, is another fantastic way to enhance your home any time of the year. With daylight saving time kicking in this time of year, it's easy to forget exactly when dawn and dusk are. That's another benefit of Z-Wave technology: you simply don't have to remember. And since the entire process is automated, your porch light will only shine when needed. So you're cutting down on headaches and saving energy at the same time. Bonus points!

With a little bit of effort, you can easily upgrade your home and improve your day-to-day life, and all of these smart home upgrades are easy enough for even the most timid do-it-yourselfer. If you do happen to get stuck, though, no worries. Just click the Get Help button on the Z-Wave homepage and you'll find a wealth of DIY support videos and articles, as well as links to chat with a smart home expert online, or a customer support hotline that's open seven days a week.

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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!

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.

Linear - Z-Wave Wall Mount Switch

Linear - Z-Wave 3-Way Wall Mount Dimmer




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?

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?

Back-to-School Bliss - ADT Pulse

GE Z-Wave Plug-in Outdoor Smart Switch




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

5 Benefits of Being an Early Adopter

5 Benefits of Being an Early Adopter

Smart homes are slowly making their way into the mainstream, with more and more people wanting to raise the IQ of their house. But what about those already in the know? Are there any benefits to being an early adopter beyond those bragging rights? We break down 5 reasons why you should be amongst those getting a head start on their smart homes

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.

The best smart home hub of 2016

BGR

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.

The Smart Home Guide: A DIY Project for Z-Wave Automatic Blinds

Build Your Smart Home

With the help of Z-Wave Automatic Blinds technology, you'll be able to make your home even smarter. The best part is you'll be able to achieve that on a budget!

A Functional Smart Home Relies on the Little Things

TopTenReviews

You should look for accessories that not only work with your chosen DIY home automation system, but also with other types of systems. This is a good way to keep you options open in case you choose a different system in the future. Buying Z-Wave accessories, like the ones we highlight below, is a good way to accomplish this

What's New

TWICE VIP Award Nominations: Wireless Door Locks

TWICE

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.

Three of the Best Uses for Smart Home Technology

House O Matic

Smart home technology is still shiny and new, and people are adapting to it more and more every day.

How to Have the Smartest Door on the Block

DIY Network

Yale Real Living Assure Locks – "Unlike other models, the products feature Z-Wave and ZigBee connectivity, not Bluetooth or Wi-Fi."

Top 10 gadgets for your smart home: Bediator, dish cleaner, robotic vacuum cleaner, wireless sensor, others

International Business Times

Z-Wave wireless sensor: This gadget is perfect for maintaining safety; it monitors the doors and windows and sends out an alarm via text message and e-mail if any suspicious and intrusive activities are detected.