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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.


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