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.
Many times people hear the words "smart home" and imagine something super cool, but also extremely expensive! Fortunately, only the former is true.
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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.
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.
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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.
Vacation properties can provide a holiday oasis for families and friends while being used. But what happens during the rest of the year? Homes often sit unoccupied for long periods of time and until recently, it was hard to maintain and monitor without hiring someone local or spending money on an expensive security system.
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The new motorized deadbolts utilize the Z-Wave wireless protocol to enable true remote locking and unlocking. This allows homeowners to remotely access and control the lock from anywhere in the world, using a smartphone, tablet or Internet connected device.
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The most popular area for new smart systems or devices to appear is home security or safety upgrades, the study found. One-fourth of renovating homeowners install smart products for this area.