The evenings are getting brighter and the days are warmer. It can only mean one thing - spring is almost here! With spring comes the reminder to turn our clocks forward an hour for Daylight Savings Time. Are you prepared to spring forward? How can a smart home help ensure that this transition doesn't totally throw off your daily routine?
Here are a few suggestions that can be easily changed as the time difference does.
Sure, for many of us our smartphones serve as our alarm clocks but power outages and unexpected malfunctions can increase the risk of your phone dying and making you late to work. With smart home scenes, there's no need to worry. A morning wake up scene that opens your shades, adjusts the thermostat, and turns on your Keurig – all at a preset time – ensuring that even if your alarm doesn't wake you up, your home will.
One of the best parts of pushing the hour hand forward is that our days seem longer and we have the sun for just a little bit longer. With a smart home, it's easy to make sure your lighting schedules match your personal ones. Since winter has shorter, darker days, you don't want to end up with your porch or interior lights running unnecessarily. Many devices can be set to go on and off in accordance with the sunrise and sunset, making it “smarter" than your average programmable device.
For many homeowners, spring means one thing – resurrecting your landscaping all over again. Lush, green grass requires irrigation systems that are customizable to fit your lawn's unique needs. Put together a few solenoid valves, some hose, and a few Z-Wave relays like the Fortrezz MIMOlite to create a programmable irrigation system that's easy to program and can be operated remotely. You can also use weatherproof smart plugs like the GE Z-Wave Plug-in Outdoor Smart Switch in coordination with pre-programmed outdoor scenes to control outdoor lighting or other landscaping features.
If you have existing smart home products, spring may be a good time to take stock of what's working for your lifestyle and what isn't. If you've recently added on to your home or started a new job that requires late hours, switching over to spring is the perfect opportunity to made changes to schedules or scenes and find new products. Browse our selection of hundreds of Z-Wave smart home products and visit our solutions page for inspiration.
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If you're one of the roughly 50% of homeowners looking to add smart home technology to your home in the coming year, chances are good that you've either put a lot of thought and planning into your purchases, or you're absolutely daunted by the staggering number of options. It isn't always easy to know unless you look for the Z-Wave logo.
Garages, along with the cars inside them, used to be a status symbol, but these days, if all you've got are 3 walls, a door and a place to house your car, it's not that impressive. To make it more than merely an Airbnb for your Prius—it needs to be smart! Of course, adding smart home control to your garage can be as simple or as sophisticated as you want it to be.
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If you're reading this blog, my bet is that you have both an Amazon Echo product – either an Echo or it's smaller sister, the Echo Dot – and some smart home gear you'd like to connect and control via Alexa. We'll go through the setup
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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Sometimes the smart home can feel pretty futuristic, but often new tech comes along that is aimed at making every day task much simpler. Can you imagine walking into your house, and quickly gesturing at your wall to turn your lights and music on?
There's an old saying that goes something like this: "If you want to experience all four seasons in one day, come to Alabama." Mind you, that's true of many other places beside the Yellowhammer State, especially this time of year. With the seasons changing, chances are you need the heat in the morning, AC at lunch, and heat again by bedtime.
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.
Smart technology is about learning and customization, and that's what smart thermostats are beginning to offer. Smart lighting features provide homeowners with elegance, ambience and energy efficiency.
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.
The Fibaro Smart Z-Wave detects temperature, light, and more. It alerts you on your smart device when it detects activity.
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.
This is a connected home experience. This (Amazon Echo) is a product that gives you the smart home experience you didn't know you wanted.
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.
I've decided to turn that boo into another woo-hoo by seizing the opportunity my new, falling-down, three bedroom house affords me. I want to make my home smart. As smart, efficient and as seamless as possible. And I'll be detailing that process in this weekly smart home diary.