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The Who, What and Why of Z-Wave

The Who, What and Why of Z-Wave

If you're one of the roughly 50 percent of homeowners looking to add smart home technology to your home in the coming year, chances are good that you've either put a lot of thought and planning into your purchases, or you're absolutely daunted by the staggering number of options. It isn't always easy to know, after all, if the smart locks you buy today are compatible with the smart thermostat you're thinking of buying tomorrow, or the light switches and dimmers already installed in your home. There is one simple way to avoid this conundrum, though: look for the Z-Wave logo.

What is Z-Wave for smart homes?

Z-Wave is actually two things. Firstly, it's a wireless technology designed for the home that allows devices in and around your home to talk to one another. Secondly, it's an alliance made up of hundreds of companies—names you know, like ADT, LG, Honeywell, Kwikset, Verizon, Yale, Panasonic, and many more—all dedicated to creating useful connected products. So even if your doors locks, thermostat, lighting controls, and security system are all made by different manufacturers, if they have Z-Wave inside, they're compatible with one another. It's as simple as that.

Why should I chose Z-Wave?

In addition to giving you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that all of your connected devices will work together, Z-Wave is all about convenience and ease of use. Z-Wave devices are super simple to install—requiring no new wires—and it's easy to add new devices as your needs and budget grow.

Of course, you may be wondering why you should care if the smart devices in your home work together at all. What's the benefit, for example, of having a garage door opener that can hold a conversation with your lights, for example? Or a thermostat that knows when your front door is unlocked? Simply put, allowing your smart devices to communicate with one another allows you to create useful shortcuts that make your life easier and safer. Shutting down the house for the night can be just as simple with the creation of a "Good Night" macro that turns off all of your interior lights, makes sure that all of the doors are locked, and dials your thermostat to a more energy-conscious temperature while you're sleeping—all with the simple touch of a single button.

Z-Wave devices not only communicate with each other, but they can also communicate with you. For example, you can receive an alert if your garage door is still open when it's time to go to bed or be reminded that the thermostat is set to "heat" on a weekday when you may be out of the house. Better yet, you can shut your garage door right from your phone using your smart home app, or adjust the heat only to turn on when you are on you way home.


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Z-Wave Smart Homes Help Keep Kids Safe

Z-Wave Smart Homes Help Keep Kids Safe

For most parents, the prospect of leaving their children at home alone can inspire fears ranging from minor mishaps to major disaster. There is always concern about what the kids are up to and who may be invited in when mom and dad are not home to supervise, or even the possibility of an accident occurring when the child is alone.

5 Reasons Why Your AirBnB Should Be Connected

5 Reasons Why Your AirBnB Should Be Connected

Vacation properties can provide a holiday oasis for families and friends while being used. But what happens during the rest of the year? Homes often sit unoccupied for long periods of time and until recently, it was hard to maintain and monitor without hiring someone local or spending money on an expensive security system.

Z-Wave Smart Home Monitoring Your Kids

FIBARO Motion Sensor

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.

Z-Wave Smart Home Holiday Gift Guide

Z-Wave Smart Home Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect Holiday gifts for your family? The experts at Z-Wave.com are here to make your shopping experience easier with starter bundles that can be customized to fit the exact needs and skill level of everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Enroll A Z-Wave Device Using The Nexia App

FIBARO Home Automation System

A Z-Wave hub, a gateway, a controller - what's the difference?

A Z-Wave hub, a gateway, a controller - what's the difference?

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?

Grow your ADT Pulse Smart Home

Grow your ADT Pulse Smart Home

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

The Best Smart Home Automation Hubs of 2017


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.

Optimizing The Smart Home For The IoT

Internet of Things Today

As the IoT continues its explosive growth, the role of the home will become increasingly critical. It is time to ensure the security, efficiency and compatibility of the devices that will fuel this growth...

Three Smart Security Features for Your Front Porch


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 Smart Home Guide: A DIY Project for Z-Wave Automatic Blinds

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With the help of Z-Wave Automatic Blinds technology, you'll be able to make your home even smarter. The best part is you'll be able to achieve that on a budget!

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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.

Smart homes ease homeowners' minds

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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.

Half of Homeowners Incorporate Smart Home Tech in Renovations, Houzz Survey Finds


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.

Security for Smart Homes: Important Things to Consider


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