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

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3 Smart Home Projects to Work on This Spring

3 Smart Home Projects to Work on This Spring

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How Smart Home Tech Has Changed Home Security

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In recent years, smart home technology has radically transformed the home security landscape, with numerous changes and developments over the years. To understand the impact of smart home on the security space, it helps to take a closer look at what security systems looked like before and after the onset of smart home tech.

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

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

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Eco-friendly Smart Home Gadgets to Green Your Spring

Eco-friendly Smart Home Gadgets to Green Your Spring

Spring is here, and that has all of us feeling a lot greener. After all, it's hard not to think at least a little bit about the environment when you've just watched nature call forth all of her bud-tipped bounty! Green devices offer plenty of ways to celebrate the springtime renewal from the safety of the porch—while cutting the Earth a break at the same time.

Top Tips to Getting Started with a Z-Wave Smart Home

Top Tips to Getting Started with a Z-Wave Smart Home

This month we're going back to basics with Josh from ZWaveZone.com, an awesome resource for everything Z-Wave home automation related. If you're new to the world of smart home, you may be wondering where to start and how using Z-Wave can benefit you and your home. Josh offers his top tips and tricks to getting started with a Z-Wave home and products he loves.

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