A range of Z-Wave enabled water sensor alarms exist on today’s market. Some water sensors come with an alarm built in; others are sold separately. What you purchase depends entirely on the size of your home, your family, and what your family’s needs and values are. That being said, a few models stand out in consumer reviews – the Everspring Z-Wave Water/Flood Sensor, for example, can alert the Z-Wave hub or controller to flooding and potential water damage, and the alert will be sent immediately to your smart phone. An optional alarm is sold separately. The Samsung SmartThings Water Leak Sensor is priced affordably and features a siren/light combination that can be programmed to activate when water damage is detected.
In a smart home, devices “talk” with each other via a centralized controller or hub, which delivers alerts and updates – like water damage detected, for example – straight to the homeowner’s smart phone or tablet. All devices and systems in a smart home – including heating and cooling, motion sensors, sprinklers, and even the stereo system – self-monitor and adjust, without the homeowner’s constant attention. Smart switches, for example, can be connected to a range of devices, from lighting to burglar alarms, to turn on and off automatically in order to save energy, discourage intruders, and enhance the home’s comfort.
Though installing a smart home can be daunting, remember that the Z-Wave system, and all Z-Wave enabled devices, are designed with affordability, durability, and ease of use in mind. This means that whatever smart devices you choose to invest in will likely reward you by functioning for years, protecting your home and alerting you to any potential problems – even tiny ones. Though making the choice to “smarten” your home does require an investment, it might be worthwhile to consider the potential damage an unexpected flood could cause – to your home’s structure and to your family’s health and comfort. Plus, Z-Wave devices are characteristically durable yet intuitive, easy to install and even easier to maintain.
It might also be worth considering the fact that Z-Wave water sensors usually enable homeowners to qualify for insurance premium discounts. Investing in your home’s safety for the long-term represents your commitment to energy efficiency, disaster prevention, and long-term quality and safety.
You’re wise to balk at this common concern – that your new technology will quickly grow obsolete, requiring replacement. This isn’t the case, however, with Z-Wave-endorsed water sensor alarms. All Z-Wave devices undergo a rigorous qualification process that’s been designed with a committment to product longevity and compatibility. Thus, Z-Wave products are designed to last for years and to function well with a range of other devices, smart or not.
To set up a Z-Wave enabled home, you must first install the Z-Wave wireless network. Though the prospect of installing your own wireless network might seem daunting, remember that Z-Wave’s technology is designed with usability in mind, and there are numerous resources to ease your installation woes.
Once the Z-Wave network is up and running, you’ll need to select a controller, or “hub,” which will function as the brain of your smart home, circulating messages and responding to alerts. Once the “hub” is connected to the network, you’ll be able to easily add smart devices one by one – a smart door sensor here, a smart light switch there, and a Z-Wave water sensor alarm in the basement. Your devices will immediately begin to do their work, learning your family’s behavior and preferences and alerting you to any potential problems.
It’s useful to remember that the more Z-Wave-enabled devices you have, the stronger your Z-Wave network will be, because Z-Wave operates on a mesh network. This means that devices need only send their signals to the next device down the line – not all the way to the hub, whose range tends to be between fifty and a hundred feet.
Z-Wave water sensor alarms do more than just prevent your home from flooding. Z-Wave water sensor alarms often allow users to adjust the water pressure throughout the home, cutting down on hundreds of thousands of gallons over the course of just a few years. In other words, your Z-Wave water sensor alarm can enable you to implement small changes that will have a big impact in the long term. Z-Wave water sensor alarms enable you to take control of your sprinkler system, for example, shutting it off in the event of rain – even if you’re on vacation across the country.