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Z-Wave Home Automation Systems

In the smart home of today, smart devices “talk” to each other by sending messages through a wireless network to what’s called a hub, or controller. A range of automated home options are available to today’s homeowner, but the majority of home automation systems run on a lightweight wireless network that won’t interfere with your WIFI signal.

So, the first thing to do is set up a wireless network, which, with today’s technology, you may be able to do yourself. With Z-Wave’s smart technology, for example, an extremely lightweight wireless signal serves to connect the entire home – and is simple enough for most users to self-install. However, you can always reach out to the Internet for installation advice and troubleshooting, and most home service providers, like Verizon, can also assist with installation.

Once the wireless network is installed, you’ll hook up the controller or hub, which will work as the heart of your smart home, delivering messages from devices to you via your smart phone or tablet. When the controller is up and running, be able to add devices one by one, from dimmers and switches to motion sensors, smart cameras, water valves, and more. Your devices will be able to detect when you’re home or not, and will be able to act accordingly, turning on lights and raising the temperature, say, when you enter the front door. With a smart home, you’ll never need to run home from work to turn down the heat.

With a home automation system, you’ll never have to rush home from work to turn off the lights, connect the water, or turn off the heat. You’ll never have to wonder if you left devices turned on, and you won’t have to fret about intruders while you’re away on vacation. With a home automation system, you’ll have your finger on your home’s pulse, wherever you are. Whether you’re across the world or just across town, smart home technology makes it easy – even intuitive – to keep an eye on the comings and goings of your home.

Imagine, for example, that you’ve implemented smart sensors, cameras, lights, and door locks to work in tandem, delivering pertinent information to your smart device. You’ll be the first to know if an intruder attempts to break in – and you’ll have documentation of the breach. But you’ll also be informed about the activities of elderly relatives, for example, or children and pets.

Home automation systems can also mitigate costly damage to the home, from flood and water damage to storms, cold snaps, and heat spells. Smart homes are built to adjust automatically to changes in temperature and climate, and are programmed to alert you to any problems – before they become catastrophes. In a smart home system, a water pump and valve, for example, will mitigate expensive water damage and can even prevent slower-reaching threats, like mold, which grows as a response to slow leaks.

Big-box stores in your area, like Lowe’s, Best Buy, and Target, may be able to steer you towards a home automation system that will work for you. You’ll be able to ask questions, interact with the technology, and make sure it’s right for you before you buy. Or, consider Amazon, another great place to comparison shop home automation systems. Detailed product descriptions and photos, as well as a wealth of consumer reviews, will make it easy for you to select a home automation system that works for you and your family or staff. And Z-Wave’s extensive website, featuring Z-Wave enhanced home automation systems, can provide easy access to consumer and industry reviews, clear specs, and easy comparison-shopping.

With a range of home automation systems on today’s market, it can be nearly impossible to navigate the marketplace. But some comparison-shopping and a little research can make it easy to select a home automation system that will enhance your life – and your home’s security and comfort – for years to come.

When browsing smart home systems, consider what you’ll need – and what you won’t. If you’re simply looking for a smart lighting system or a few smart switches, for example, consider Insteon Home Remote Control Starter Kits, which make installing a hub and wireless network simple. Starting at prices that even the most budget-strapped homeowner can afford, Insteon’s Starter Kits enable easy, customizable programming, simple synchronization with your smart phone or tablet, and power controls that connect to a range of pre-existing devices, from lights, fans, and AC units to surveillance cameras, stereos, and even baby monitors.

Home automation systems by Vera, Aeon Labs, and Honeywell all feature robust interoperability alongside highly customizable, intuitive design. The bottom line? Take your time, do your resea

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