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Summer's here! Throw a party with ease with Z-Wave

Summer's here! Throw a party with ease with Z-Wave

Smart home gear is all about convenience. It saves you time and money and keeps you safe – but it's summer! Time to kick back and relax. So let smart home tech help you do that for all your outdoor entertaining.

If you've ever hosted an outdoor party, you know that one of the biggest hassles is simply wrangling guests from the street to the backyard as they arrive, two or three at a time, whenever they happen to show up. With smart home tech, you can actually keep an eye on the front door without leaving the party already in progress.

Installing a front door viewer, gives you a peephole for the connected age, allowing you to view whoever's at the front door via your connected smartphone. Better yet, if you combine a front door viewer with Z-Wave smart locks, you can just as easily use your app to let your guests in the front door as they arrive, and lock the door behind them once they're in.

And I hear what you're saying: "So, what, I'll be glue to my phone for the entire party instead of haunting the front door? That doesn't sound like a big improvement!" Remember, though: the real strength of Z-Wave smart home technology comes from the ability to connect ALL of your things and create true home automation. What if your outdoor sound system could tell you when someone knocked?

If you have a Sonos wireless music system, you already know it's a great way to distribute your favorite tunes in and around the home, and its speakers are perfectly portable enough to carry outside to enhance the party atmosphere during get-togethers. But did you know that a Sonos system can also be an extension of your smart home? Combine Sonos with a Z-Wave enabled SmartThings hub, for example, and you could easily have your speakers pause the music and play a little alert tone whenever someone rings the doorbell. Or, if you don't want to interrupt the music, you could easily (and temporarily) program an outdoor lamp to flash on and off when guests arrive.

Put it all together, and you'll wonder how you ever hosted a get-together without smart home products. And best of all, your guests will feel like they're partying in the future.

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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 you need the heat in the morning, AC at lunch, and heat again by bedtime.

3 Smart Home Projects to Work on This Spring

3 Smart Home Projects to Work on This Spring

Whether it's the inside or outside of your home that could use some fine tuning, we have a smart home project using Z-Wave tech for you. Check out these 3 projects that you can do over the weekend without spending a ton of time or money.

GoControl Z Wave AD NSC

CES 2016 LG – Smart Home




How Smart Home Tech Has Changed Home Security

How Smart Home Tech Has Changed Home Security

In recent years, smart home technology has radically transformed the home security landscape, with numerous changes and developments over the years. To understand the impact of smart home on the security space, it helps to take a closer look at what security systems looked like before and after the onset of smart home tech.

The Renter's Guide to a Z-Wave Smart Home

The Renter's Guide to a Z-Wave Smart Home

With renting comes a lot of different considerations – you're generally restricted to what you can install or add to walls, and switching out installed items like a thermostat is usually frowned upon. So how do renters install a Z-Wave smart home with tech that they can bring with them after they move? We have a few solutions.

GE Z-Wave Products Overview by Jasco

Complete Home Automation Package - Vivint




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.

Top Tips to Getting Started with a Z-Wave Smart Home

Top Tips to Getting Started with a Z-Wave Smart Home

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.

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.

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.

Lennar Community Goes Standard with Z-Wave-based Controls

CEPro

The homes come standard with home automation that includes locks, lights and a wireless alarm system. Among the products are: Schlage Z-Wave lock, Trane Z-Wave digital thermostat, and Nortek Z-Wave lighting control

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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15 Gadgets To Make Your Home Smarter

CrookedBrains

The Fibaro Smart Z-Wave detects temperature, light, and more. It alerts you on your smart device when it detects activity.

7 Ways to Save Energy (and Money)

Techlicious

One of the best reasons for upgrading your home with smart devices is to conserve energy (and money spent on energy bills). And there's no better time than now

Smarthome 101: How to make your home smarter

TechnoBuffalo

We hear an awful lot about smart homes these days. We know about smartphones, smart watches, smart appliances, smart cars, and more. As these separate devices converge around the places we're in the most, the internet of things rises up around us.

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.