When people begin building their smart homes, most of them look to the standard devices, like smart locks and smart lighting. While these are certainly part of the foundation for a robust smart home network, there’s no need to stop there. Smart sensors can bring additional safety and convenience to your home. Ready to bring your smart home to the next level? Here are five smart sensors to add to your smart home setup:
1. Water sensors
For the homeowner, there’s a seemingly never-ending list of things to worry about: “What do I do if my pipes freeze?” “My basement flooded during the last rainstorm—help!” or “Something sprung a leak in my bathroom!”
If you have water sensors strategically positioned throughout your home, you can help prevent these calamities before they occur.
Take the FIBARO Z-Wave Plus Flood Sensor, for example. This smart water sensor can be conveniently placed on the floor or mounted on the wall, so it can cover potential “danger” zones, like pipes in the basement, water storage tanks, bathroom fixtures, or laundry rooms.
With water-sensing probes that are extended by a connected wire, this Fibaro sensor will alert you if water starts to accumulate where it shouldn’t, so you can take action to stop the flooding before it gets too far.
Bonus: This Fibaro sensor is also equipped with a temperature sensor, so you’ll know if, for example, your water pipes, start to freeze.
2. Smoke/CO sensors
It’s important that every home is equipped with a smoke detector and a CO alarm, but you can bolster your home’s security by making your smoke alarms smart.
The First Alert Z-Wave Smoke/CO Alarm is a combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Not only will this smart alarm sound when it detects danger, but it will also send you alerts on your smartphone no matter where you are. This way you can always know what’s going on in your home, and you can take actions to protect it anytime and anywhere.
Bonus: This smart sensor is a photoelectric smoke sensor, which helps to reduce false alarms from activities like cooking.
3. Motion sensors
If your smart home network already includes smart lighting, you can pair those smart bulbs with a smart motion sensor to add greater security and convenience to your home.
For your smart lighting outdoors, position a motion sensor (such as the Schlage Z-Wave Motion Sensor) near your porch or back door. If a would-be intruder ever approaches your house, the motion sensor will detect them and automatically trigger your lights to turn on, scaring them away.
For inside your home, a motion sensor paired with smart lighting can be equally helpful. Ever tried to stumble to the bathroom in the middle of the night, but you couldn’t find the light switch? Keep a motion sensor in your hallway en route to your bathroom, so the next time you get up in the middle of the night, you have a smart night light that can detect your presence.
Bonus: This motion sensor is super easy to install—no drilling required.
To easily add a lot of new features to your smart home network all at once, grab a multi-sensor from Z-Wave.com that can take on multiple tasks.
For example, the Fibaro Z-Wave Plus Motion/Multi-Sensor combines four useful functions into one sensor, acting as a motion sensor, a temperature sensor, a light sensor, and a vibration/accelerometer sensor.
With its multi-color LED pupil, you can easily identify whether this multi-sensor has detected motion, a change in the room’s temperature, or even an earthquake.
Bonus: With adjustable sensitivity, you can customize this multi-sensor to your lifestyle; for example, adjust the sensitivity of the motion sensor to distinguish between a small pet and a person.
5. Door/window sensors
If security is the main priority of your smart home network, then a door/window sensor is your next best addition.
Try the Aeotec Z-Wave Plus Door/Window Sensor. Simple to install and easy to use, this sensor works for both doors and windows to notify you anytime they are opened or closed.
To use this smart sensor, all you have to do is open the door or the window that it is attached to. Paired with the rest of your Z-Wave smart home network, you can use this sensor to find out when the kids get home from school, when the dog gets let out of the backdoor, or if anyone tries to open your home’s windows while you’re away on vacation.
Bonus: This smart sensor can be painted so it easily blends into your home’s custom décor.
It’s time to take your smart home network to the next level. Boost your home’s security and make your life more convenient with smart sensors from Z-Wave.com. Browse more smart sensors here.