One of my favorite things about working in this industry is the constant evolution of technology. The cycle repeats constantly; technology is introduced, then improved upon to near perfection. When it’s first introduced, it’s usually more expensive. I bought my first microwave for $400 and it was the size of a Mini Cooper. Okay, not really. But you get it. Since then, technology has improved drastically and the price has decreased.
This exact thing is happening right now in the home automation industry. When the technology was first introduced, it was costly. Having a “smart home” was a status symbol. nowadays, it’s an affordable option for virtually all homeowners.
So, homeowners, meet Z-Wave.
Z-Wave is “a wireless communications protocol designed for home automation, specifically to remotely control applications in residential and light commercial environments. The technology uses a low-power RF radio embedded or retrofitted into home electronics devices and systems, such as lighting, residential access control, entertainment systems and household appliances.”
What does this mean for you in your home? Essentially, control of lights, locks, windows, fans, shades, drapes, thermostats, electrical outlets, small appliances, security systems, and irrigation systems (and this isn’t an exhaustive list) from keyfobs, wall-mounted keypads, or any Internet connect device.
More importantly, Z-Wave devices are available at a fraction of the price of higher-end automation systems while offering the exact same capabilities.
What are the benefits of using Z-Wave?
Let’s let the folks at Z-Wave answer this one.
Z-Wave is the leading choice for home security systems
When you power your home with Z-Wave you are able to tap into a whole ecosystem of products. Currently there are nearly 1000 Z-Wave products to choose from.
This means you can build and expand your home security system as you choose and when you choose to do so. With Z-Wave powering your security system you can link different products together and set up customizable actions.
Here’s an example, when a motion detector is tripped, it can turn on a light. The light turns on a security camera. The security camera tells your security system to send a text to your smartphone. You can see for yourself what’s going on, and decide for yourself what needs to happen.
Z-Wave is making homes more secure everywhere.
There are hundreds of simple ways to start saving energy and money using Z-Wave
From lighting, climate, irrigation and shading controls to intelligent outlets and power strips, there are hundreds of simple, interoperable Z-Wave products that let you monitor, control and manage your home energy usage.
For example, intelligent dimming (whether you’re home or not) already saves your lighting energy by 25-40%. Truly regulating your home’s thermostat with Z-Wave will save you money right away.
You can even set up a “shut down” mode for your house so when you leave the house you can instantly turn off all those chargers, computers, A/V equipment and more.
Z-Wave makes a difference both you and your wallet will feel good about!
Z-Wave will give you that “how did I live without it” feeling
Have you ever had to run back home to close the back door because you forgot?
Or maybe were late to an appointment because you had to run around the house turning off lights, computers, air conditioner and all the other things that are part of your “leaving the house” routine?
Well Z-Wave can be your new best friend by giving you a new convenience you’ll never want to do without.
Setting up scenes on your smart phone will let you, with one touch of a button, automatically lock all the doors, turn off the lights, fans, air conditioners, televisions, computers and just about anything else you may want to switch off before you go.
You can also do the reverse by letting your house know that you’re coming home and it will warm up for you, light up the rooms and have your favorite music playing. It means you can get the kids to school on time or get where ever you need to go, more easily.
Z-Wave is a powerful tool for helping you help your loved ones age in place safely
Whether you or someone close to you is looking after an elderly family member or friend, Z-Wave can help.
By putting just a few simple Z-Wave products in place you and your loved ones can stay connected even when you aren’t there.
Z-Wave can help allow loved ones to stay in their home longer and still be looked after. Z-Wave can monitor activity (and wellness) with sensors on doors, medicine chests, washrooms and more.
Using your phone, tablet or pc, you can automatically light up hallways and stairwells to reduce the possibility of a fall. You’ll also be able to get text or email notifications if an activity pattern is abnormal. You can even remotely open the door for health aides and other visitors, or set timers to be sure that doors are locked and everyone’s safe.
Of course, you don’t need every device listed above to start realizing the benefits of home automation. Start with a couple devices and pretty soon, you’ll wonder how you ever did without. One of the most beautiful things about Z-Wave is its compatibility with Ener-Tel security systems. These devices are built to work with the systems we install, so affordably automating your home is totally doable.