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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. But how does smart home technology actually improve the lives of you and those you love? Let's count just a few of the ways.

1. Smart locks reduce stress

Let's face it: kids lose things like house keys. It's what they do. And if your children happen to get home from school before you get off work, this can be a major concern. But with smart locks—and personalized entry codes—your children can let themselves in even without a key. And you'll receive a notification on your smartphone the instant they're safely inside.

What's more, you'll never find yourself five miles down the road after a rushed morning of getting ready and find yourself panicking over whether or not you remembered to lock the front door. A simple glance at your phone will put your mind instantly at ease (or let you lock the door on those rare occasions when you actually do forget).

2. Smart lighting keeps the peace

"Who left this light on?!" If your home is anything like ours used to be, this is probably the most-often uttered sentence on any given day. Smart lighting will give your family one less thing to argue about by making your lights more manageable. You might, for example, set lighting schedules, or put countdown timers on rooms that are only used briefly—bathrooms, laundry rooms, etc.—so that the light automatically turns off five, ten, or however many minutes after being turned on. And with the addition of motion sensors tied to timers, your forgetful family members won't even have to remember to turn the lights on, much less off. Putting lights on a schedule, particularly exterior lights, can save a family member from coming home to a dark entryway as well – program your smart lights to go on at sunset and you're good to go.

3. Automation makes homes more accessible

If you live with elderly family members or those with physical disabilities, you know that even the most everyday tasks can sometimes be a challenge for them. But home automation can help give them a new level of independence. How so? With a smart, connected home, devices can be programmed to work together in such a way as to reduce numerous physical actions into the simple press of a button. Or even simpler if you add voice control by pairing the Amazon Echo with a smart hub like SmartThings, Wink, Nexia, or HomeSeer. Motion can turn lights on, temp on the smart thermostat up or down, even open garage doors for easy entry and exist. By connecting devices and creating scenes, life becomes a little easier for everyone.

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Gifts for Grads

Gifts for Grads

With June right around the corner, college graduation season is finally here. College students dedicate four (or more!) years to all-night studying sessions, test taking, and staying organized so they can walk across that stage and snag their diploma. Sure, you could give students a gift card or some cash but what about a smart home gift that’s as unique as it is practical? As students move onto bigger and better, that often means moving out of shared dorms or apartments and into their own place. Help the student in your life start post-grad living with a breeze with the convenience of Z-Wave smart home gear.

These 3 Devices Are All You Need to Start a Smart Home

These 3 Devices Are All You Need to Start a Smart Home

Many times people hear the words "smart home" and imagine something super cool, but also extremely expensive! Fortunately, only the former is true.

Complete Home Energy Efficiency - Vivint

Notifications & Alerts - AT&T Digital Life




Top Tips to Getting Started with a Z-Wave Smart Home

Top Tips to Getting Started with a Z-Wave Smart Home

This month we're going back to basics with Josh from ZWaveZone.com, an awesome resource for everything Z-Wave home automation related. If you're new to the world of smart home, you may be wondering where to start and how using Z-Wave can benefit you and your home. Josh offers his top tips and tricks to getting started with a Z-Wave home and products he loves.

Smart Home Basic Starter Kit

Smart Home Basic Starter Kit

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.

Back-to-School Bliss - ADT Pulse

Home Security Bear - Vivint




Adding Smarts to Your Garden

Adding Smarts to Your Garden

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Grow your Nexia System

Grow your Nexia System

Like most smart home systems, Nexia's backbone is a central hub that not only communicates with and coordinates all of your smart devices, but also serves as a gateway between your connected home and the outside world.

Security for Smart Homes: Important Things to Consider

Tech.Co

And while home security systems were once complicated and a bit vexing, newer technologies have made them simple and even smarter.

Three Smart Security Features for Your Front Porch

Alarm.com

The traditional American front porch isn't just a timeless scene. It's also a functional part of your home, where safety, security and convenience are paramount. A few subtle 21st century additions can really enhance your porch, making it an even more enjoyable area to use.

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

ChipChick

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What's hot in new homes for 2017: Brighter, cleaner, smarter, greener

WRAL

"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.

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How to Build Your Smart Home: A Beginner's Guide

PC Magazine

Home automation is what it sounds like: automating the ability to control items around the house—from window shades to pet feeders—with a simple push of a button (or a voice command). Some activities, like setting up a lamp to turn on and off at your whim, are simple and relatively inexpensive.