Garages, along with the cars inside them, used to be a status symbol, but these days, if all you've got are 3 walls, a door and a place to house your car, it's not that impressive. To make it more than merely an Airbnb for your Prius—it needs to be smart! Of course, adding smart home control to your garage can be as simple or as sophisticated as you want it to be.
Let's start with the garage door. Replacing your old garage door opener with a Z-Wave garage door remote controller opens up a world of possibilities and turns that old car stall into an intelligent entry point to the rest of your home. How so? The garage door controller can be connected to the same automation system that controls your lights, your HVAC system, indeed even your home security.
Having your garage door controlled by the same system that manages the rest of your smart home means that the simple act coming home could trigger all manner of automated events. Raising the garage door after sunset might cue a lighting scene that illuminates the path from your door to the kitchen. Or, dial your Z-Wave thermostat to your preferred temperature settings.
The best smart home controllers even allow you to take things one step further by changing the way you interact with the garage door itself. With a Z-Wave door controller, you won't have to worry about clip-on visor remotes whose batteries always seem to die at the worst times; your mobile device itself—indeed, the same app that controls your lights and doors and climate control—becomes your remote. You'll never again get five miles down the road and find yourself trying to remember if you closed the garage door.
In fact, with the best home automation controllers, you won't have to remember to close it at all. Add a smart presence sensor to your car, and you could easily program your garage door to close itself as soon as you drive away. Or, with home automation hubs like SmartThings, you could set up geo-fencing and have your garage door (and HVAC system, and security system) respond to the very presence or absence of your mobile device.
As with the smart home, having a smart garage isn't just about bragging rights. With the right application of smart technology, you can make your garage and your home more convenient, comfortable, and secure.
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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.
A smart home can help ease your worries and provide you the peace of mind you need to keep yourself on track with the rest of your day. Here are a few problems that keeping your home connected can solve.
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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.
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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?
Gearing up for school or summer vacation for the kids can be a source of stress for some parents. You may be worried about leaving the kids home alone during the workday – but did you know that a smart home system powered by Z-Wave is just the answer to put your mind at ease?
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.
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.
The smart home revolution is only just beginning, and technology companies are still working out how it is all going to work together — but if you want to, you can make your home 'smart' today
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.
Of the key drivers of smart homes is its ability to offer money and energy saving options. This is individually rewarding, but it is also good for the planet. As more and more benefits are offered to home and business owners that find ways to reserve the limited resources of Earth, smart home technology stands out as a green solution.
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"The Z-Wave protocol lets you turn on lights from your phone before you get home or open and close a garage door to take a delivery," says Stephanie Miller, Sales Manager for Drees Homes.
If you're still manually turning your lights on and off, 2016 should be the year you finally dare to embrace home automation. Smart home solutions can help you streamline your life to be more efficient and productive. Plus, with fewer home tasks to worry about, you'll end up with more time, energy, and money for the things that really matter.