Working from home can be both challenging and rewarding, depending on your working style. Distractions around the home or loud outside noises can all stand as hurdles when you're trying to buckle down and churn out work. Finding solutions that help your home work for you is imperative to ensuring that you're able to stay focused while working from a home office. Adding some easy smart home tech can limit the amount of time you spend tinkering around the home, which can help keep your level of production high.
So, how can a smart home help when you're working remotely? Let's take a look!
One way to make sure that you're staying productive while working remotely is to fine-tune your home office. Use Z-Wave smart bulbs like the GoControl Smart LED light bulb in your home office to turn on lights to your preferred level of brightness and to turn off when you're done for the day. The sun is at its highest point in the afternoon, so avoid glaring sunlight hitting your eyes or computer screen with motorized shades scheduled to adjust during the day.
Hands-free home automation with your Amazon Echo is another great way to use your Z-Wave products. With a SmartThings hub and a paired Z-Wave thermostat, controlling your home climate is as easy as saying “Alexa, turn the heat to 72 degrees.”
Scenes are another way to easily automate your home office to fit your preferred setting. With a Z-Wave standard one-touch living starter kit for example, you can customize lighting or appliance control. Set scenes like “wake up” to turn on lights, your computer and open your shades – all while your coffee is brewing downstairs.
One issue that many home office workers run into is dealing with home distractions like deliveries or the kids making noise. Control your front door using a Z-Wave smart lock to wirelessly unlock the door 5 minutes before the kids are expected home, or to lock it after they leave. Sensors are another great way to stay on top of outside distractions. If you're constantly stuck on a conference calls, a sensor set on the front door will send an alert to your phone to notify you of their presence before they can hit the doorbell. Similarly, a smart security system can stream a video feed directly to your phone so you know if you need to get to the front door or not.
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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
If you're new to the world of smart home, you may have heard the term hub used frequently and wondered what it is. A hub is considered the brain of your smart home
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Smart home gear is all about convenience. It saves you time and money and keeps you safe – but it's summer! Time to kick back and relax. So let smart home tech help you do that for all your outdoor entertaining.
Ellen Farrow is a Z-Wave customer whose experience serves as a reminder for just how powerful a smart home can be. Ellen explains in her own words how on one day in February this year, her Z-Wave system helped save her home.
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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.
The concept of home lighting is pretty simple: you hit a switch, the room is illuminated. The light switch functionality hasn't changed much since its invention. But what if you could power them all of your lights down instantly at the touch of a single button? With Z-Wave smart home technology, you can. Quite easily. And that's just scratching the surface of the intelligence you can add to your home with automation called "scenes."
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.
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.
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.
From industry staples like Kwikset, Schlage and Yale to startups like August and Poly-Control, the smart lock market is quickly gaining ground. What separates these brainiacs from your standard front door lock is an added layer of tech, typically Bluetooth, Z-Wave or Wi-Fi -- or some combination of the three.
Fox News KDVR takes a tour of the Z-Wave Experience Home with George from Nexia and discusses how Z-Wave allows for complete synchronization, control, and ease of use in a smart home.
The homes come standard with home automation that includes locks, lights and a wireless alarm system. Among the products are: Schlage Z-Wave lock, Trane Z-Wave digital thermostat, and Nortek Z-Wave lighting control
For while this diary is going to be all about the latest and greatest smart home tech – an area I consider myself at least mildly authoritative on – getting that tech connected and playing nicely is a different beast entirely.
"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.