Z-Wave Smart Home Blog

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

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

There is a lot of information out there (including on our blog and website) about how to start implementing smart home technology from the homeowner's perspective. But what about those who rent a home or apartment? 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.

The first part of any Z-Wave smart home installation is making sure you have a hub. Hubs act as the brain of a smart home, connecting all of your various devices together. You can bring your hubs with you as you move and there are LOTS of great Z-Wave compatible options out there.

Chances are that if you're a renter, you'll move from your home or apartment at some point. Make sure that your smart home investments are portable so you can easily set them up in your next abode. Devices that don't require a complicated installation are a nice compromise. For example, if you're not allowed to tamper with your thermostat, try installing a plug-in smart switch or smart light bulbs instead. Plug-in switches like the Dome Z-Wave Plus On/Off Switch can be easily added into an existing outlet and as a bonus will monitor your home energy usage. Smart light bulbs like the Enbrighten Dimmable Smart LED Bulb allow you to simply plug-and-play into any compatible existing light fixtures and lamps so you can easily switch them out as you move. A bonus? Many smart light bulbs are also incredibly energy efficient – the aforementioned Enbrighten bulb consumes only 9 watts of power for up to 25,000 hours. That's approximately 22 years at 3 hours a day!

Security is another great place to start for renters looking to add smart home devices. Installing a full security system can be intrusive and pricey. Try a DIY smart home solution instead! The Piper NV Smart Home Security System Hub is one part hub, one part security system with a day/night HD camera that alerts you via email, text, or phone notifications when it detects activities that you choose are most important to you. No pricey contracts required!

Accessible smart home tech doesn't have to be just bulbs and security devices. Grab an accessory like the Amazon Echo that allows you to control your Z-Wave smart home with your voice when set up with other Z-Wave devices in your home with a voice command like, "Alexa, turn the living room on." Or, add fun colored lighting under furniture like an entertainment center that can be controlled with other smart home scenes with the Aeotec Z-Wave LED Strip.

Whether you rent or own your home, there are plenty of options to browse through on Z-Wave.com. Check out the Resource Center for tips, tricks and product videos that walk you through everything you need to know to get started.

Tags

apartments, renting, z-wave smart home, Dome, Enbrighten, Piper NV, Amazon Echo, Aeotec, smart hubs, how-to, z-wave products





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.

Fighting Fires with Z-Wave

Fighting Fires with Z-Wave

A smart home can protect you from an unwanted intrusion, but how else can it protect your home? According to the most recent full-year statistics from the National Fire Protection Association, 365,000 home fires caused 12,875 injuries and 2,380 casualties in 2012, leading to $5.7 billion in damages.

Jasco Z-Wave In-Wall Smart Switch

Linear - Z-Wave Wall Mount Dimmer Switch




A Neat Way To Do More With Your Z-Wave Alarm Siren

A Neat Way To Do More With Your Z-Wave Alarm Siren

Z-Wave alarm sirens are incredibly versatile – the sky is the limit for what you can do with them. Standard alarms have one sound setting: loud and annoying. So what can you do with your siren in the meantime? Try hooking it up with Z-Wave sensors!

The Who, What and Why of Z-Wave

The Who, What and Why of Z-Wave

If you're one of the roughly 50% of homeowners looking to add smart home technology to your home in the coming year, chances are good that you've either put a lot of thought and planning into your purchases, or you're absolutely daunted by the staggering number of options. It isn't always easy to know unless you look for the Z-Wave logo.

Remote Home Security - ADT Pulse

FIBARO Home Automation System




Control your home with the Apple Watch? Z-Wave's got it covered.

Control your home with the Apple Watch? Z-Wave's got it covered.

The Apple Watch is already great at a lot of things. It's perfect for keeping tabs on your personal fitness goals, for quickly checking (and even replying to) text messages and phone calls, for glancing at the weather forecast, and even for paying for purchases with Apple Pay. But what about controlling your home?

Smart home control that feels like magic

Smart home control that feels like magic

Sometimes the smart home can feel pretty futuristic, but often new tech comes along that is aimed at making every day task much simpler. Can you imagine walking into your house, and quickly gesturing at your wall to turn your lights and music on?

The Almond 3 Router Wants To Be Your Smart Home Hub and Range Extender

ChipChick

Smart home devices can be connected using the Wi-Fi network, but Almond 3 also works with ZigBee and with Z-Wave and Bluetooth through the use of Bluetooth dongles. As a result, Almond 3 works directly with most major smart home products on the market — including Amazon Echo.

Week 2: Paul's Smart Home Diary

Wareable

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.

Smart childproofing: How I created a safer home with smart home tech

BabyCenter.com Blog

When my son was five, I overheard him plotting with the girl next door to sneak out and meet up for a play date—after my husband and I were asleep. That was the day I decided to get a smart home security system.

7 Inexpensive Gadgets to Make Your Home Feel Futuristic

MakeUseOf

What will really set you apart from your neighbors is installing a system that comes complete with an accompanying mobile app. The GE Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control Outdoor Module does exactly that. When guests are leaving, you can wow them with a simple tap on your smart device.

What's New

Basic Smart Home Technology Terms and Definitions

House-o-Matic

Home automation itself is the process of setting up your home appliances, entertainment, surveillance, and more so that you can control these with functions and features on a computer, smartphone, or tablet. A smart home is a home that has installed products that can be controlled with home automation.

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

C|NET

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.

Optimizing The Smart Home For The IoT

Internet of Things Today

As the IoT continues its explosive growth, the role of the home will become increasingly critical. It is time to ensure the security, efficiency and compatibility of the devices that will fuel this growth...

The Best Smart Home Automation Hubs of 2017

Voltimum

Icontrol Networks Piper Nv - this multifaceted device also controls and interacts with various Z-Wave home automation devices, including smart switches and dimmers, door and window sensors, and range extenders.