Though the North Atlantic hurricane season officially kicks off on June 1 every year, the threat of tropical weather really starts to kick into high gear in August and September. So if you live anywhere near the coastal regions likely to be struck by a severe weather, it pays to be extra prepared this time of year. That includes having a good evacuation plan, and a supply kit including flashlights, batteries, cash, and drinking water, of course, but it also includes prepping your home. And one way to do that is with smart home technology.
Flood sensors are a great way of adding an extra level of protection against water damage in around the home. Even if you're faced with a tropical storm weak enough to ride out safely at home, you can't keep an eye on every corner of the house at once. Smart flood sensors distributed around the home mean you won't need to - the instant that water starts piling up somewhere it shouldn't, you'll get an immediate notification on your smartphone. And when it comes to water damage, early detection can make mean the difference between headache and heartbreak.
Flooding also brings with it the risk of electrical fires, and although you can't entirely eliminate that risk, combining flood sensors with smart plugs and outlets in and around the home could reduce it. That's the beauty of connected smart home technology—devices can work together even without your input. A flood in the basement could automatically cut power to any electrical devices on the floor.
And even if you don't get hit with a hurricane, you're likely still dealing with other weather headaches - heat and humidity, for example. The heat you can beat with a good programmable Z-Wave thermostat, but what about the mugginess? If you have a standalone portable dehumidifier, you probably already know that when their reservoirs fill up with water, they stop sucking moisture out of the air. And it isn't always easy to predict when that will happen. With a Z-wave connected water sensor placed strategically inside your dehumidifier, though, you'll be alerted when it's time to dump the water, ensuring that the air in your home stays as dry (and breathable!) as possible all season long.
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Some of the most popular and sought after items for homeowners are things that protect and keep a home safe. Whether it's preventing burglaries and unwanted intruders or making sure your home is protected from the elements, these purchases are among the most important you can make for your family. But what about protecting your home from the elements?
One of the easiest ways of explaining an unfamiliar technology is to compare it with something people already understand. That's why you might hear things like: "It's like Wi-Fi, but…" or "It's similar to Bluetooth, but…" when talking about Z-Wave
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If you've been searching for an affordable do-it-yourself home security solution that's simple to install, simple to operate, fee-free, and can even be used in a condo or apartment, you may be starting to think that no such thing exists. It does. It's called Piper, and you'd be amazed just how much this one little device can do.
Spring is here, and that has all of us feeling a lot greener. After all, it's hard not to think at least a little bit about the environment when you've just watched nature call forth all of her bud-tipped bounty! Green devices offer plenty of ways to celebrate the springtime renewal from the safety of the porch—while cutting the Earth a break at the same time.
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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 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.
I have Somfy motorized blinds, and I ended up buying a Z-wave controller that translates Somfy's proprietary protocol to Z-wave so I could control it with the Echo, $179.99 at Amazon using a hub like SmartThings or Wink, $60.28 at Amazon for voice control.
Home technology is always moving, always improving, always promising to provide ease and convenience to our lives. So what sort of innovations stand to make a big impact? Here are 10 developments you'll want to keep an eye on.
Smart homes come with options for a home automation controller that allows the user to control things like door locks, light switches, thermostats, cameras, security systems and energy monitoring solutions from their smartphone or tablet.
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.
One benefit of a connected home is that it should (asuming the system is working) let you know when there's a problem, even if you're not there. It's one reason those with vacation homes are installing smart leak detectors, Wi-Fi-enabled cameras, and so on. And just because your second home is on wheels, it doesn't mean having devices that keep an eye on things is any less helpful.
Z-Wave and ZigBee are both radio protocols that require a hub of some sort to translate the language of the device to a language your phone can understand. These plugs are often more affordable if you already use a platform like SmartThings or Wink.
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.
By adding a few pieces of technology to your home, you can ensure that your children, your house, and your belongings are safe, everyone gets out the door on time, and that after-school chores are handled promptly.