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Frequently Asked Questions - Z-Wave Thermostat

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Z-Wave Thermostat

All Z-Wave devices run on a wireless network that’s separate from any other in the home. This powerful yet extremely lightweight network has the ability to connect to a range of devices, from lights and fans to thermostats, kitchen appliances, and even locks. After setting up the Z-Wave network (a straightforward project, thanks to streamlined design and a wealth of online resources), the user installs a controller or “hub,” which serves as the brain of the smart home. Once connected to the Z-Wave network, each smart device reports to the hub, which, in turn, directs information, alerts, and updates to the homeowner’s smart phone or tablet.

The same applies when it comes to the Z-Wave thermostat, which will regulate and adjust your heating and cooling automatically. You’ll inform the device of your preferences – which temperatures are most comfortable for you, for example – and then you’ll set a schedule, too. Your Z-Wave thermostat will know when you’re home and when you’re out, and will act accordingly. If anything comes up – you’re delayed at work, or you’ve got guests coming over and you need the house ready – you can simply access your smart thermostat from your smart phone or tablet. An easy-to-install app ensures that communication between you and your Z-Wave thermostat remains minimal, effective, and efficient.

The difference between a manual thermostat and a “smart” Z-Wave thermostat is significant – especially if you look at the bigger picture. Over time, manual thermostats bleed money and energy, because they can’t self-adjust. If the weather is irregular where you are, this could mean that your manual thermostat won’t correct for the cold snap that hits while you’re out of town – and then your pipes freeze. In the high desert, smart thermometers pay off because they automatically regulate for chilly nights and sweltering days. Wherever you are, a Z-Wave thermostat can likely make your life easier – in more ways than one.

Consider this: The ability to control heating and cooling from a smart phone means you never have to get up – or run home from work – to turn down the heat or open the windows. Today’s Z-Wave thermostats are sleek, easy to read, and simple to program, update, and reset. Z-Wave thermostats easily sync with your preferred smart device and come paired with companion apps for optimal functioning.

With such a range of options on today’s smart thermostat market, it pays to do your research. Before you buy – in person or online – read product reviews. Be wary of thermostats without reviews, or those priced “too low” – these might be too new to rely on, or might lack features you’ll wish for later. Luckily, Z-Wave-certified thermostats have undergone rigorous qualifications processes, and have been optimized to function seamlessly in your smart home.

The Z-Wave thermostats available to today’s homeowner are affordable, intuitive, and logically designed. Trane’s Z-Wave HVAC Thermostat, for example, offers a large screen and a minimum of buttons for easy reading. At $99, this Z-Wave thermostat is a workhorse, with easily enabled energy-saving settings and a helpful alert system. At $125, Honeywell’s Z-Wave Enabled Programmable Thermostat offers comparable features – an easy-to-view screen, diverse scheduling settings – with some noticeable upgrades, including a programmable fan and Smart Response Technology, in which the thermostat “learns” your patterns and preferences, and adjusts accordingly.

If you’re in the market for your first Z-Wave thermostat, consider visiting a big-box electronics store, like Target, Home Depot, or Wal-Mart. You’ll get a sense of what’s available and what might work best in your smart home – and you’ll be able to ask questions and handle various models.

When it comes to making the purchase, know that you’ve got options. If your local store isn’t offering exactly what you want, look elsewhere. You can always compare models and purchase thermostats and other devices through the Z-Wave website, or shop Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and Lowe’s offer Z-Wave products and reviews online.

For diverse reviews, head to Amazon first, or read up on the latest Z-Wave thermostats at While you’re browsing, remember: you’re making an investment that goes beyond just money. Smart homes help you control what goes on in your home – even when you’re far from it. Smart technology will save energy in the long and short term, and best of all, a Z-Wave thermostat in a Z-Wave enabled home will save you time. You’ll worry less about your home, and eventually, you’ll get so used to your Z-Wave thermostat that you’ll forget it’s even there at all.

It’s been proven that automated, or “smart,” homeowners pay less in heating, cooling, and electrical costs. The owner is the first to know when a battery dies, a bulb goes out, or a cold front moves through. Z-Wave thermostats automatically adjust to time changes, for example, and will aggregate local weather data to control the temperature of your home.

With a Z-Wave thermostat, you can adjust the temperature of every room in your house – without ever getting up off the couch. Many smart thermostats provide usage reports to their users, and all smart thermostat settings are easy to both override and restore.

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