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Stay Warm, Keep Cool and Save Energy with Z-Wave

Stay Warm, Keep Cool and Save Energy with Z-Wave

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 good that you'll find yourself needing the heater in the morning, AC at lunch, and heat again by bedtime.

That's no reason for you to overheat or come home to a cold house, though. With a Z-Wave thermostat connected to a larger smart home control system, you'll be able to keep your home dialed into the perfect temperature, whether you're home or away, coming or going. What sets Z-Wave thermostats apart from the hard-to-program thermostats you may have tried (and possibly failed) to set up in the past is that they don't operate in isolation. The same intuitive software that you use to set up lighting scenes and mobile notifications can be used to dial in a daily heating and cooling schedule that's easy to see and easy to understand. And better yet, easy to modify, even if you're away from home.

That's especially handy if you have an irregular schedule or if your kids have after-school activities that vary from day to day. But it's just the start of what you can do with a Z-Wave smart home system and a compatible thermostat. If you have a SmartThings hub, for example, you can add geo-fencing to your system for the ultimate in hands-off climate control. What could be easier than simply leaving home to set your thermostat to your preferred away setting? And unlike thermostats that rely on motion and noise sensing to determine whether you're home or away, a Z-Wave control system with geo-fencing won't be fooled if you simply spend a lot of time in the back of the house. If your phone is home, the system knows you're home too.

Having a thermostat as part of your comprehensive Z-Wave home control system also allows you to keep a lid on energy usage in other intelligent ways. You can easily set temperature limits, for example, so no one can override your schedule with settings that are too hot or too cold. But your thermostat doesn't have to do all the work. You can also use window and door sensors to let you know if someone in the house is trying to heat or cool the entire neighborhood.

The bottom line is that the more intelligent your home is, the more adaptable it is to the changing seasons. With Z-Wave, you'll always be able to keep your home perfectly comfy when you're there and conserve energy—without sacrificing convenience—when you're not.


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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.

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?

Linear - Z-Wave Wall Mount Dimmer Switch

Dawn Of The Smart Home - Vivint

The Ultimate in Garage Tech

The Ultimate in Garage Tech

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.

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. How can a smart home help?

GE Z-Wave - On/Off Switch

Enroll A Z-Wave Device Using The Nexia App

3 Ways Home Automation Can Help Your Family

3 Ways Home Automation Can Help Your Family

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.

Cool Ways to Use Motion Sensors in Your Smart Home

Cool Ways to Use Motion Sensors in Your Smart Home

We often talk about smart home in terms of devices: how flood sensors can save you from soggy disaster; what makes one Z-Wave hub different from another. But when you get right down to it, it's the programming that makes a smart home smart, not to mention uniquely yours.

What Are 'ZigBee' and 'Z-Wave' Smarthome Products?


ZigBee and Z-Wave are the two wireless protocols that pretty much all hub-based smarthome products use. There are a small handful of smarthome accessory makers that use their own standard (like Insteon, for instance), but ZigBee and Z-Wave are the two biggest open protocols out there.

Get smart with a hi-tech home by connecting to the 'internet of things'

Irish Examiner

The smart home revolution is only just beginning, and technology companies are still working out how it is all going to work together — but if you want to, you can make your home 'smart' today

Smart home features that families want in their next home


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.

Week 2: Paul's Smart Home Diary


For while this diary is going to be all about the latest and greatest smart home tech – an area I consider myself at least mildly authoritative on – getting that tech connected and playing nicely is a different beast entirely.

What's New

Security for Smart Homes: Important Things to Consider


And while home security systems were once complicated and a bit vexing, newer technologies have made them simple and even smarter.

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.

Week 1: Paul's Smart Home Diary


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.

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.