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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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Eco-friendly Smart Home Gadgets to Green Your Spring

Eco-friendly Smart Home Gadgets to Green Your Spring

Spring is here, and that has all of us feeling a lot greener. After all, it's hard not to think at least a little bit about the environment when you've just watched nature call forth all of her bud-tipped bounty! Green devices offer plenty of ways to celebrate the springtime renewal from the safety of the porch—while cutting the Earth a break at the same time.

You have smart home questions, we have... well, smart answers

You have smart home questions, we have... well, smart answers

Have questions about getting started with smart home technology and feeling a little overwhelmed? You came to the right place, because we have answers.

GE Z-Wave Plug-in Outdoor Smart Switch

Linear - Z-Wave 3-Way Wall Mount Dimmer




A Smarter Kitchen

A Smarter Kitchen

Of all the rooms in your home, your kitchen is probably one of the most important to you. The kitchen is a gathering place where your family comes together to discuss the day, work on homework and of course, eat! Smart kitchens are gaining a lot of attention in the world of smart home with new appliances and gadgets being released

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!

Linear - Z-Wave Wall Mount Dimmer Switch

Z-Wave Smart Home Lighting & Security




Smart Home Gifts for Every Kind of Dad

Smart Home Gifts for Every Kind of Dad

Chances are the dad in your life has had his share of standard, run of the mill Father’s Day presents like ties, power tools and shaving kits. A poll from Ebates found that electronics are the most wished-for purchase by fathers

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!

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.

Expert: Apps, video doorbells improve safety

Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

For example, if someone needs to be let into my house when I’m not there, I can let someone in, and can even join with a thermostat or some Z-Wave lights. Z-Wave is a wireless technology that lets smart devices communicate with one another. Household products are made "smart" when Z-Wave connectivity is added inside the product’s design.

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.

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."

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