5 Ways to “Smarten Up” Your Home

August 18 20:55 2017 Print This Article

The smartphone revolution already seems like something that happened in the distant past, but the smart home revolution is just getting into full swing. In the past, it was only the rich and famous who could afford to connect their home electronic devices to the “Internet of Things,” but now, prices are coming down and the technology is becoming far more practical.

And one of the leading affordable, practical ways to make your home smart, connected, and conveniently manageable is via Z wave devices. Z wave can make virtually any electronic device Wi-Fi connected and controllable from your smartphone, laptop, or desktop. The benefits in enhanced security, greater convenience, and diminished carbon footprint is staggering.

Here are 5 key devices that can upgrade your home to “smart” status (though there are, of course, hundreds of others available):

1. Smart Water Control / Flood Prevention

New Z-wave technology can identify leaks quickly and help prevent flooding even when you are away from home. E-water valves alert you early about leaks in your water lines and automatically shut off the water before it causes extensive damage. These smart valves are like e-plumbers without a service fee. They also monitor your water usage to help you cut down on your water bill and avoid needless waste that can hurt the environment.

2. Smart Door Locks

You’ll never have to worry about forgetting to lock the door before leaving home again with Wi-Fi connected door locks. You can check on the lock’s status anytime from your smartphone and lock it if you forgot. Or, you can unlock it to let in a visiting family member or friend who arrived while you were at work; while those regularly using the lock will simply enter a memorized entry code and get in.

3. Wi-Fi Video Doorbells

Installing an up to date smart doorbell offers a number of important benefits. These include: the ability to see who is at your door from your phone while safely in another room, control who enters after face-recognition from any location and get notified of package deliveries automatically as soon as they occur. It’s far more than the mystique: these devices add extra security to your home.

4. Distance-controllable Thermostats

Given the high price of energy in many localities and the concern to reduce energy consumption for environmental reasons, smart thermostats are a virtual necessity. The enhanced programming abilities allow you to automate temperature switches or on/off based on your regular schedule. And the distance-control means you can adjust to unexpectedly hot/cold days from work to create a welcome environment when you arrive home. Plus, with vacation homes, you can turn on the AC/heat while driving, timing it for your arrival.

5. Smarter, More Efficient Light Bulbs

Changing a light bulb can be much more different than most people would imagine. Z-wave LED light bulbs to give off less heat, can last for over 10 years, and use much less energy than ordinary incandescents. They also offer dimming, color-change, voice control, auto-timing, and smartphone monitoring/adjustment as their key features.


Finally, note that you can manage all of your e-connected home devices from a central control hub. And you can program devices based on factors like your work schedule, sunrise and sunset times, or current energy consumption. The end-result is a home that is largely run from your smartphone, remotely when necessary. A home that is safer and far more convenient.

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Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson

Jessica is the founder and editor-in-chief of TrustedNerd.com. Covering major tech shows such as CES, Jessica is always there for the latest tech news. Want your gadget to be reviewed or have a release you'd like to be considered for publishing? Send Jessica an email, jessica [at] trustednerd.com

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