Are you interested in turning your home into a smart home, but don’t know where to start? With so many sophisticated smart home gadgets on the market, the whole process can seem a little intimidating at first. But don’t worry, there are plenty of “beginner-level” smart home products to help you dip your toe in the water—and you can even install them yourself. Get started this weekend turning your home into a smart home. Here’s our guide to the best DIY smart home projects:
For your first DIY smart home project, motion sensors are super easy to set up, and they pack a powerful punch for home automation. For instance, once paired with a smart light bulb, a motion sensor can signal to turn lights on or off based on sensed occupancy in the room, reducing energy usage and helping you save money.
Most motion sensors can be discreetly mounted on the wall or ceiling or simply placed on a shelf, table, or desk. A sensor like the GE Z-Wave Smart Motion Sensor is capable of detecting surroundings in a 180-degree range up to 45 feet away. Plus, powered by either batteries or a USB plug, these smart devices are can be hooked up and ready to go in minutes
Plug-in smart switches
Imagine coming home at night and being able to turn on the lights without fumbling for the switch or waking up bleary-eyed in the morning and having your coffee machine start brewing before you even make it into the kitchen.
With a Z-Wave smart switch, you can make your home a smarter home—without having to master a tricky installation. All you have to do is plug in a smart switch, such as the Aeotec Z-Wave Plus Plug-In Outlet Module, to any outlet. Then, any common appliance or light plugged into that smart switch can be controlled remotely from your smartphone.
Besides helping you turn on the lights in a pinch or brew your coffee from your bedroom, a plug-in smart switch will also help you reduce energy usage and save money. Program your smart switch to turn off appliances on a set schedule so you never waste power—or money.
Smart locks are a great first step in making your home smarter this weekend. With no complicated wiring need, you can install a Z-Wave smart lock such as the Kwikset SmartCode 916 Z-Wave Smart Lock Deadbolt with a screwdriver in just minutes. And, because this smart lock fits standard doors, there’s no need to worry about creating new screw holes.
Even though installation is easy, a smart lock does a lot to make your home smarter.
For instance, you can check the lock status no matter where you are in the world; you can lock and unlock your home remotely via your smartphone; and you can get notifications via text or email every time someone arrives home. Installing a Z-Wave smart lock is a simple DIY project that you can tackle this weekend to fortify your home and keep it secure, 24/7.
Smart home technology may be highly sophisticated—but that doesn’t mean it’s complicated!
Get started turning your home into a smart home this weekend with these simple DIY smart home projects. Find the motion sensors, plug-in smart switches, smart locks, and all the other smart devices you need at Z-Wave.