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Work from Home? Make Your Home Office Work for You with Connected Tech

Work from Home? Make Your Home Office Work for You with Connected Tech

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!

Make your home office more appealing

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.

Defer distractions

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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Weekend DIY Projects for a Smart(er) Home with Z-Wave

Weekend DIY Projects for a Smart(er) Home with Z-Wave

Whether you've dabbled in home automation or consider yourself a "DIY weekend warrior" when it comes to home technology, some smart home projects may seem like an intimidating task at first.

The Renter's Guide to a Z-Wave Smart Home

The Renter's Guide to a Z-Wave Smart Home

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.

Nexia Home Intelligence Overview

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5 Benefits of Being an Early Adopter

5 Benefits of Being an Early Adopter

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

Tips for Staying Safe by Getting Smart for Hurricane Season

Tips for Staying Safe by Getting Smart for Hurricane Season

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.

Before Driving to Cabin AT&T Digital Life

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Smart Home Basic Starter Kit

Smart Home Basic Starter Kit

With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer, you're no doubt starting to look at your house with a mind toward some basic repairs or home improvement. Which makes it the perfect time to start adding some smart home enhancements to your abode, as well. Not to worry – upgrading your home with some smart Z-Wave technology is easy.

Smart Home Technology That Emphasizes The Home

Smart Home Technology That Emphasizes The Home

I'm an engineer who loves to tinker – but if you told me I'd have to swap out all my smart home products every couple of years the way I do my smartphone, I’d say that's not very smart at all.

Why Smart Homes Will Be a Million Times Better Than 'The Jetsons'

Forbes

A smart, or connected, home is defined as one where the lights, heating/ventilation/air-conditioning (HVAC), security alarm and other household devices can be automated and remotely controlled by a smartphone, tablet or computer. The key drivers in smart home adoption are home security, energy efficiency, entertainment, convenience/productivity, connectivity and health monitoring.

Smart home features that families want in their next home

InMan

Smart technology is about learning and customization, and that's what smart thermostats are beginning to offer. Smart lighting features provide homeowners with elegance, ambience and energy efficiency.

Smart Homes Keep Getting Smarter

Miami Herald

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.

15 Gadgets To Make Your Home Smarter

CrookedBrains

The Fibaro Smart Z-Wave detects temperature, light, and more. It alerts you on your smart device when it detects activity.

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Americans expect homes will have at least one piece of smart home tech in them within 10 years, with smart homes being as commonplace as smartphones by 2025, according to a recent study underwritten by Intel. And that prevalence of smart tech is expected to come with some big benefits.

Amazon Echo: So Much More Than a Smart Speaker

C|Net

This is a connected home experience. This (Amazon Echo) is a product that gives you the smart home experience you didn't know you wanted.

Decorate Your Home With These 7 Stylish Security Cameras

MakeUseOf

With live and recorded video, instant mobile alerts, Z-Wave home automation and an extensive list of environmental sensors, Piper nv is an excellent choice for a home or office.

Week 1: Paul's Smart Home Diary

Wareable

I've decided to turn that boo into another woo-hoo by seizing the opportunity my new, falling-down, three bedroom house affords me. I want to make my home smart. As smart, efficient and as seamless as possible. And I'll be detailing that process in this weekly smart home diary.