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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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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?

Most versatile Z-Wave device goes to... Piper!

Most versatile Z-Wave device goes to... Piper!

If you've been searching for an affordable do-it-yourself home security solution that's simple to install, simple to operate, fee-free, and can even be used in a condo or apartment, you may be starting to think that no such thing exists. It does. It's called Piper, and you'd be amazed just how much this one little device can do.

FIBARO Motion Sensor

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Smart Home Basic Starter Kit

Smart Home Basic Starter Kit

With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer, you're no doubt starting to look at your house with a mind toward some basic repairs or home improvement. Which makes it the perfect time to start adding some smart home enhancements to your abode, as well. Not to worry – upgrading your home with some smart Z-Wave technology is easy.

Setting scenes: the magic of smart homes

Setting scenes: the magic of smart homes

The concept of home lighting is pretty simple: you hit a switch, the room is illuminated. The light switch functionality hasn't changed much since its invention. But what if you could power them all of your lights down instantly at the touch of a single button? With Z-Wave smart home technology, you can. Quite easily. And that's just scratching the surface of the intelligence you can add to your home with automation called "scenes."

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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

5 Every Day Problems Your Smart Home Can Solve

5 Every Day Problems Your Smart Home Can Solve

A smart home can help ease your worries and provide you the peace of mind you need to keep yourself on track with the rest of your day. Here are a few problems that keeping your home connected can solve.

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.

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.

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The Piper NV ticks a lot of boxes and goes beyond a lot of the other offerings out there. The app also works with Z-Wave devices. That means if you have any other Z-Wave smart home devices, like plug sockets or smart lights, you can control them all through your Piper app too.

Unleash Your Front Door's Potential with these 7 smart locks


From industry staples like Kwikset, Schlage and Yale to startups like August and Poly-Control, the smart lock market is quickly gaining ground. What separates these brainiacs from your standard front door lock is an added layer of tech, typically Bluetooth, Z-Wave or Wi-Fi -- or some combination of the three.

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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.

Simple Home Automation Solutions With Design in Mind

Huffington Post

If you're still manually turning your lights on and off, 2016 should be the year you finally dare to embrace home automation. Smart home solutions can help you streamline your life to be more efficient and productive. Plus, with fewer home tasks to worry about, you'll end up with more time, energy, and money for the things that really matter.

Smart Homes Keep Getting Smarter

Miami Herald

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.

Get Smart With Stacey: How Do I Set Up Automatic Blinds?

PC Mag

I have Somfy motorized blinds, and I ended up buying a Z-wave controller that translates Somfy's proprietary protocol to Z-wave so I could control it with the Echo, $179.99 at Amazon using a hub like SmartThings or Wink, $60.28 at Amazon for voice control.