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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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.
If you've been thinking about adding some smarts to your home, you may have already researched light and dimmers, door locks and thermostats—all of the various bits and pieces that go into creating a connected home experience. But how do you get all of this stuff to talk to each other and create a completely integrated smart home system? Do you need a hub, gateway, or controller?
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Smart homes are slowly making their way into the mainstream, with more and more people wanting to raise the IQ of their house. But what about those already in the know? Are there any benefits to being an early adopter beyond those bragging rights? We break down 5 reasons why you should be amongst those getting a head start on their smart homes
ADT Pulse is a professionally monitored security system with smart home capabilities baked in. But did you know that once your system is setup, it's easy to add smart locks, dimmers and light switches, thermostats, and garage door controllers
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Whether it's the inside or outside of your home that could use some fine tuning, we have a smart home project using Z-Wave tech for you. Check out these 3 projects that you can do over the weekend without spending a ton of time or money.
Have questions about getting started with smart home technology and feeling a little overwhelmed? You came to the right place, because we have answers.
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.
So how can a smart home improve your everyday life? For starters, they are surprisingly easy to use, make life more efficient and add a comforting layer of security to your family's home.
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.
Instead, just use smart locks to give them a virtual key, and to give a virtual key to baby sitters, dog walkers, and temporary guests. You don't need to ask your neighbor to water your lawn while you're out of town, or to check to see if you closed the garage door and turned off the lights. You can monitor your lawn watering, and the status of your doors and lights, with your smartphone or tablet.
One of the best reasons for upgrading your home with smart devices is to conserve energy (and money spent on energy bills). And there's no better time than now
As this high-tech world we live in continues to bring new advancements to the market, more and more home buyers are also searching for a home that is smart.
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.
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.