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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Whether your winters are frozen over or soggy and gloomy, the end of winter means one thing for most of us: a greater risk of water damage. Whether it's frozen pipes that have burst, or spring rains that bring flooding, or drainage systems that are clogged, water in the home is a real issue in the spring. Either way, early detection can make all the difference.
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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.
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Instead, just use smart locks to give them a virtual key, and to give a virtual key to baby sitters, dog walkers, and temporary guests. You don't need to ask your neighbor to water your lawn while you're out of town, or to check to see if you closed the garage door and turned off the lights. You can monitor your lawn watering, and the status of your doors and lights, with your smartphone or tablet.
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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.
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Smart homes filled with connected products are loaded with possibilities to make our lives easier, more convenient, and more comfortable.