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Spring Forward Simply with Smart Home Tech

Spring Forward Simply with Smart Home Tech

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.

Adjust your AM wakeup

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.

Sync your lights to fit your schedule

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.

Keep your landscaping looking great

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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Smart Shades, Smart Lighting, Jasco/GE, Fortrezz, Outdoor Living, Smart Home, Z-Wave





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.

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

Piece of Cake - AT&T Digital Life

Linear - Z-Wave Wall Mount Dimmer Switch




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.

Adding Smarts to Your Garden

Adding Smarts to Your Garden

Smart home tech doesn't have to be limited to the four walls of your house - there are quite a bit of ways to enhance your outdoor experience with some connected tech.

Samsung's 2016 smart TVs control your gear

Dawn Of The Smart Home - Vivint




Smart home control that feels like magic

Smart home control that feels like magic

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?

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.

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.

4 Smart Products To Use When Winterizing Your Vacation Home

Electronic House

Z-Wave powered smart home gear can make it easier for homeowners to prepare for frigid temps and monitor their property to mitigate any potential damage that could occur.

Open Sesame: Smart Locks to Keep Your Home Secure

Digital Trends

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.

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

What's hot in new homes for 2017: Brighter, cleaner, smarter, greener

WRAL

"The Z-Wave protocol lets you turn on lights from your phone before you get home or open and close a garage door to take a delivery," says Stephanie Miller, Sales Manager for Drees Homes.

3 Practical Benefits of Turning Your Ordinary Home into a Smart Home

Realty Today

It is good to realize that a smart home is not just mere product of a person whims and caprices. Like your smart phones and watches, a smart home may also serve you beyond convenience. And here below are some of the benefits of turning your home into a smart home.

Build first, automate later: how to approach a smart home retrofit

Connected Lifestyle

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.

How IoT & Smart Home Automation Will Change the Way We Live

Business Insider

Smart homes filled with connected products are loaded with possibilities to make our lives easier, more convenient, and more comfortable.