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If you’ve ever worried about your pets, family members, or visitors while you’re far from home, Z-Wave technology is for you. If you’ve ever wished you could monitor water and electricity usage in and around your home, Z-Wave technology is for you. If you’ve ever wished you could come home to a fully-lit home – without leaving the lights on all day – Z-Wave technology is for you. From saving money and energy to ensuring peace of mind, Z-Wave is a great solution for families large and small, as well as corporations around the globe. And Z-Wave works hard to ensure that its products and services are “future-proof,” which means that even as technology changes, your devices (old and new) will continue to sync with the Z-Wave network, year after year.

The great thing about Z-Wave technology is that it's personally tailored to each individual user. Every homeowner has different needs – your specific needs will depend on where you live, the size of your home, and what type of family you have. If, for example, you live in an arid region – or one that’s prone to flooding – you may wish to invest in Z-Wave technology in order to monitor and adjust for temperature and climate changes. Z-Wave thermometers, sensors, and sprinkler systems make great choices for those looking to best adapt to environmental issues.

If, on the other hand, you have a large house full of young children, pets, visitors, delivery persons, and contractors, you may do well to invest first in a set of Z-Wave sensors, which will enable you to keep track of all the goings on – even when you're miles away from home.

The point is, your investment should center around your priorities and values. If protecting the environment is important to you, smart Z-Wave lighting and water regulation will immediately decrease your energy costs. You’ll notice a change as soon as you install your first smart light bulb – and from there, most Z-Wave users say, you’ll be hooked.

Z-Wave technology is designed with efficiency and usability in mind. Available at a fraction of the cost of wired home automation systems, Z-Wave is simple, reliable, and highly compatible with a range of devices – smart and “non-smart.” You can set up a Z-Wave network at home by purchasing a hub, or controller, which will serve as the brain of your automated home, connecting your devices and appliances to you via an app on your smart phone or tablet. Once you’ve chosen the hub, it's easy to connect devices one by one – and just as easy to remove them from the network should you decide they aren't necessary.

If, however, the prospect of installing Z-Wave technology seems daunting, most home security providers (9 out of 10) use Z-Wave technology themselves, and can assist with installation in person or over the phone. And major telecommunications providers, like Verizon and AT&T, can also help you to set up your Z-Wave technology.

Z-Wave and ZigBee have a lot in common. First of all, both run on a mesh network, which means that each device, or “node,” in the system acts as both a data source and a messenger, which enables signals to “hop” from one device to another without having to travel all the way to the hub. This means that the more devices you have, the better they’ll connect with each other.

So, what makes Z-Wave different? Well, Z-Wave boasts a higher level of interoperability than ZigBee due to the radio frequency employed. Far more devices will operate with Z-Wave than with ZigBee, and this means that your Z-Wave network will be superior, because the more devices you have, the stronger your network. Plus, consumers consistently rate Z-Wave as more user-friendly and easier to install.

To begin turning your home into a smart home, you will first need to purchase a Z-Wave certified hub or controller, which typically costs several hundred dollars – far less than installing a wired home automation system. From there, the cost of your smart home will depend on the number of devices you choose to install, but remember: you only need purchase the hub or controller and devices once, and there is no monthly or annual fee for operating a Z-Wave network in your home.

The more devices you enable in your home, the more robust your system will be, so every device you purchase strengthens your Z-Wave technology. Even a simple light switch or bulb will empower your smart home to work harder for you.

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