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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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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?

Stay Warm, Keep Cool and Save Energy with Z-Wave

Stay Warm, Keep Cool and Save Energy with Z-Wave

There's an old saying that goes something like this: "If you want to experience all four seasons in one day, come to Alabama." Mind you, that's true of many other places beside the Yellowhammer State, especially this time of year. With the seasons changing, chances are you need the heat in the morning, AC at lunch, and heat again by bedtime.

Dawn Of The Smart Home - Vivint

Z-Wave Smart Home Lighting & Security




5 Every Day Problems Your Smart Home Can Solve

5 Every Day Problems Your Smart Home Can Solve

A smart home can help ease your worries and provide you the peace of mind you need to keep yourself on track with the rest of your day. Here are a few problems that keeping your home connected can solve.

Fighting Fires with Z-Wave

Fighting Fires with Z-Wave

A smart home can protect you from an unwanted intrusion, but how else can it protect your home? According to the most recent full-year statistics from the National Fire Protection Association, 365,000 home fires caused 12,875 injuries and 2,380 casualties in 2012, leading to $5.7 billion in damages.

Back-to-School Bliss - ADT Pulse

FIBARO Smoke Sensor




Four Quick Ways Smart Home Tech Can Help Sell Your House Faster

Four Quick Ways Smart Home Tech Can Help Sell Your House Faster

If you're planning on putting your home on the market anytime soon, it's probably a good idea to smarten it up a bit before your realtor starts showing it.

A Neat Way To Do More With Your Z-Wave Alarm Siren

A Neat Way To Do More With Your Z-Wave Alarm Siren

Z-Wave alarm sirens are incredibly versatile – the sky is the limit for what you can do with them. Standard alarms have one sound setting: loud and annoying. So what can you do with your siren in the meantime? Try hooking it up with Z-Wave sensors!

Lennar Community Goes Standard with Z-Wave-based Controls

CEPro

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

Unleash Your Front Door's Potential with these 7 smart locks

C|NET

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.

What's hot in new homes for 2017: Brighter, cleaner, smarter, greener

WRAL

"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.

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

ElectronicHouse

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.

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How A Smart Home Can Help Your Back-to-School Routine

Mountain Grove News Journal

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.

What Are 'ZigBee' and 'Z-Wave' Smarthome Products?

How-to-Geek

ZigBee and Z-Wave are the two wireless protocols that pretty much all hub-based smarthome products use. There are a small handful of smarthome accessory makers that use their own standard (like Insteon, for instance), but ZigBee and Z-Wave are the two biggest open protocols out there.

Aeon Labs Aeotec Water Sensor review

CNET

So if you have a Z-Wave bridging smart hub, and want to monitor water levels in your sump pump, then the Aeotec Sensor is a great option.

How to Have the Smartest Door on the Block

DIY Network

Yale Real Living Assure Locks – "Unlike other models, the products feature Z-Wave and ZigBee connectivity, not Bluetooth or Wi-Fi."