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.
Smart Shades, Smart Lighting, Jasco/GE, Fortrezz, Outdoor Living, Smart Home, Z-Wave
How can home automation actually make life better for you and your family? It's a question we hear all the time. There's no denying the enhanced convenience of being able to turn on a light from the palm of your hand, or adjusting the thermostat from the comfort of your favorite spot on the sofa.
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?
Linear - Z-Wave 3-Way Wall Mount Dimmer
Z-Wave Smart Home Monitoring Your Kids
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
If you're new to the world of smart home, you may have heard the term hub used frequently and wondered what it is. A hub is considered the brain of your smart home
Home Security Bear - Vivint
Remote Home Security - ADT Pulse
Z-Wave alarm sirens are incredibly versatile – the sky is the limit for what you can do with them. Standard alarms have one sound setting: loud and annoying. So what can you do with your siren in the meantime? Try hooking it up with Z-Wave sensors!
Vacation properties can provide a holiday oasis for families and friends while being used. But what happens during the rest of the year? Homes often sit unoccupied for long periods of time and until recently, it was hard to maintain and monitor without hiring someone local or spending money on an expensive security system.
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.
What will really set you apart from your neighbors is installing a system that comes complete with an accompanying mobile app. The GE Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control Outdoor Module does exactly that. When guests are leaving, you can wow them with a simple tap on your smart device.
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.
A home automation system that runs across a whole house will benefit from a central processing unit that can act as a gateway for – and converse with – each of the sensors, devices and interfaces in the property.
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...
So if you have a Z-Wave bridging smart hub, and want to monitor water levels in your sump pump, then the Aeotec Sensor is a great option.
Yale Real Living Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt With Z-Wave ($165) - We put the Yale's touchscreen lock at the top of this list because it checks all the basic requirements for a good smart lock. It's easy to install, works with smart home systems such as SmartThings and Honeywell, and the backlit digital keypad eliminates the need to carry around house keys.
When my son was five, I overheard him plotting with the girl next door to sneak out and meet up for a play date—after my husband and I were asleep. That was the day I decided to get a smart home security system.