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Smarten Up Your Home for Home Safety Month

Smarten Up Your Home for Home Safety Month

For many, home safety and security are intertwined. Seeking peace of mind, homeowners often look for smart home solutions that protect not only their most cherished valuables, but also the home itself and everyone in it. June is Home Safety Month, so let's look at some of the ways you can keep your home safe with Z-Wave smart home tech.

It's easy to think smart home technology as a mere convenience—something to save you a few steps walking between the couch and the nearest light switch, the thermostat, or the front door. But having a connected home also means that you're able to keep tabs on your house and keep the things and people in it safe, even when you're far away. Smart hubs, combined with sensors in and around the home, can take the worry out of being away from home by alerting you when something goes wrong.

One of the main reasons someone might invest in home security tech is almost certainly burglary. But intruders aren't the only thing you have to worry about entering your home. Water damage is actually the second most common cause of property loss and accounts for a quarter or more of homeowner's insurance claims. A good early detection device, like a Z-Wave flood sensor, could be the difference between a damp inconvenience and a soaking wet catastrophe in your home, especially when combined with a smart shutoff valve.

Other sensors, Z-Wave door/window sensors, for example, are a great way to keep you alerted to potential dangers, especially on days when the kids get home earlier than you do. A few placed judiciously around the house—on liquor or medicine cabinets, for example, or even the knife drawer, are a great way of keeping your mind at ease. And those same sensors placed on entry points could alert you in the event of an invasion.

When it comes down to it, though, the best way to deal with home invasion is to deter intruders altogether. When you're out of town for a business trip or vacation, it's important to make sure your home still looks lived in, and rigid pre-programmed lighting timers aren't fooling anyone. Using smart scenes and smart bulbs with motion sensors, you can coordinate your lighting schedule with your normal living patterns, and sunrise and sunset as well as ensure your house is well lit if someone approaches a door or window outside.

This just scratches the surface of what's possible with smart home technology - but you don't have to break the bank or get complicated to keep your home and family safe.

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Safety, security, Z-Wave, smart hubs, thermostats, door sensors, window sensors, light switch, home safety month, Home Control, Smart Home





How Smart Home Tech Has Changed Home Security

How Smart Home Tech Has Changed Home Security

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.

Lower your homeowner's insurance with an investment in Z-Wave smart home gear

Lower your homeowner's insurance with an investment in Z-Wave smart home gear

You might already know ways that a Z-Wave smart home system can save you money: smart thermostats that only heat and cool your home when it needs it; smart dimmers that reduce the energy consumption of your lights

Digital Life Virtual Smart Home - AT&T

Linear - Z-Wave Wall Mount Dimmer Switch




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.

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.

Samsung's 2016 smart TVs control your gear

FIBARO Motion Sensor




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.

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?

Will Smart Homes Become as Common as Smartphones by 2025?

Techlicious

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.

5 Quick Smart Home Updates to Revamp Your House

Tech.Co

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.

Half of Homeowners Incorporate Smart Home Tech in Renovations, Houzz Survey Finds

ElectronicHouse

The most popular area for new smart systems or devices to appear is home security or safety upgrades, the study found. One-fourth of renovating homeowners install smart products for this area.

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.

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Become an Awesome Neighbor with Smart Home Technology

House-o-Matic

Instead, just use smart locks to give them a virtual key, and to give a virtual key to baby sitters, dog walkers, and temporary guests. You don't need to ask your neighbor to water your lawn while you're out of town, or to check to see if you closed the garage door and turned off the lights. You can monitor your lawn watering, and the status of your doors and lights, with your smartphone or tablet.

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 A Smart Home Can Help Your Back-to-School Routine

Mountain Grove News Journal

So how can a smart home improve your everyday life? For starters, they are surprisingly easy to use, make life more efficient and add a comforting layer of security to your family's home.

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.