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.
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.
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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If you're not one of the 3 million homes with an Amazon Echo in it, there's a good chance you're coveting one. I mean, who doesn't want to be able to tell a lovely woman named Alexa to add things to their shopping list, play a favorite song, tell you the weather forecast AND turn on the lights in the living room?
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