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A common misconception about “smart homes” is that you have to invest tens of thousands of dollars to turn your home into something that resembles the Jetsons. While you certainly can do that, there’s nothing that says that you have to go that route to enjoy the benefits of smart home automation. Below, we outline eight z-wave products that, when connected to a smart home hub, can make your life easier on a daily basis.
1. Door Sensor
There are tons of useful things you can do with door sensors. Attach them to entryways, garage doors, attic doors, baby gates, etc., and you’ll be able to monitor what happens inside and outside your home. Easily set up your smart home to send an alert when the medicine cabinet is opened, trigger lights to turn on when you open a door, or set off an alarm if an exterior door is opened while you’re on vacation. Choose a door sensor with an unobtrusive design and multiple mounting options. You’ll be set regardless of how you want to use them throughout your home!
2. Window Sensor
Doors aren’t the only way to get into your house. Windows are a common access point for burglars, so adding sensors to your windows is a great way to ensure that your home is protected even if you forget to lock the window at the end of the day. Of course, window sensors are useful for more than just smart home security. Use the sensors to track energy usage by connecting your smart hub and HVAC system. The sensor can identify if windows are open while the A/C is running, saving you from a massive energy bill at the end of the month.
3. Smart Plug
Want to turn on your lamps or electronics without having to walk over to them? Insert a Z-Wave plug into the outlet. Using your phone, you’ll be able to control the device connected to the outlet, turning it on and off whenever you’d like. The other great thing about smart plugs is that they monitor energy usage so that you can easily stay on top of energy management in your home. You might think twice about leaving the lamp on when you leave the room once you know how much energy it’s using.
4. Leak Sensor
Nobody likes dealing with a water leak. Whether the dishwasher malfunctions or the bathtub overflows, the result is often the same: water all over your floors, causing irreparable damage. You can set up leak sensors in the areas where water leaks most often occur, such as near your water heater, behind toilets, around sump pumps, and under sinks. Then, if something does start to leak or overflow, you get an immediate notification straight to your smartphone informing you that there’s a problem.
5. Water Main Shut-Off Valve
Okay, so you’ve received a notification that you have a leak in your house. Unfortunately, you’re out of the country on vacation. By the time you get in contact with a friend or family member and they drive over to your house, there could be several inches of water. Ouch. Or…you could install a smart water main shut-off valve. Using just a screwdriver (no visit from a plumber needed), this smart device latches on to your water main valve. Once your smart home detects a water leak, the shut-off valve immediately turns off the water to stop the damage from spreading.
6. Smart Alarm
Sometimes a text message or email isn’t the best way to be notified about what’s going on in your home. That’s where Z-wave sirens come in. You can place them pretty much anywhere and set them up to chime for the events that matter to you. Have a loud alarm sound whenever a window opens in the middle of the night or have it send out a simple chirp whenever the garage door opens to signal that someone is home from work. You can also connect the smart siren to your television so that you get a visual alert—that way, even with the loud TV audio, you’ll still be able to stay aware of alerts.
7. Motion Sensor
Imagine having your rooms come to life as you enter them. When you walk through the doorway, the lights turn on, the music starts, and the drapes open to bring in sunlight. That’s just one of the many things you can do with a smart motion sensor. Use your smart home hub to connect the motion sensor to appliances, lights, alarms, etc., then place the sensor wherever you want your smart home to react to movement. When the sensor picks up on movement, it will initiate the electronics you set up. Whether you want to upgrade your home security system or have your home effortlessly improve your comfort, motion sensors can help.
8. Electric Mousetrap
You won’t find mousetraps on many other lists of smart home devices. The reason for this? They didn’t exist until recently. The Mouser is the only smart electric mousetrap that lets you know when pesky rodents have been caught. With the Mouser, you never have to worry about Stewart Little stinking into your attic for days—instead, you know exactly the right time to go empty the trap. It’s a much smarter setup than your average trap.
Start with just one product or add them all—these DIY smart home automation devices are super easy to install, so you can begin enjoying your new smart home right away.
Are you ready to make your home smarter? You can order all of the devices listed above here. To learn more about setting up your own smart home, give us a call at (855) 249-1754 today!