While concerns about home emergencies and natural disasters are nothing new for many homeowners, the National Center for Disaster Preparedness reports that roughly two-thirds of American households don’t have “adequate plans for a disaster.” Preparing ahead for a disaster, like a waterpipe bursting or an electrical fire, can help you lessen the damage to your home or even avoid it altogether. The following six applications of Z-Wave smart home technology can help you prevent disasters and get a head start on your own emergency plans.
1. Smart Home and Security Hubs
While smart home devices each provide their own safety benefits, most require a smart home hub to take advantage of everything they offer. Z-Wave calls these hubs “the heart of your home,” and they help you control your devices from one central location.
If you want to focus more on security, you can use a home security system to connect your smart devices. Many modern systems work with smart home products, which eases day-to-day management and can improve emergency response times. To choose the appropriate system, read independent reviews to find one that fits your own security needs.
2. Smart Lighting
Smart lighting provides ambiance and convenience, and it can also improve home safety and security. The GoControl Z-Wave Plus lightbulb, for example, allows homeowners to link to a hub to customize and automate functions, such as turning on at a preset time. These settings can make a residence appear occupied even when the homeowner is on vacation or working late. Many homeowners combine the lights with smart motion sensors to ensure visibility, which helps prevent falls and other accidents.
3. Smart Locks
Any lock obviously helps you secure your home from intruders, but smart locks go one step further by alerting you to who enters your home and when. For instance, the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect creates temporary keys for guests, meaning you never have to worry about who has a physical key and if you can trust them to not make a copy. It also monitors home activity, letting you see who opened your locks with which code. The lock even integrates with voice assistants like Siri and Alexa, and perhaps best of all, it features an easy installation, requiring only a screwdriver.
4. Smart Alarms
Smart alarms like the First Alert Z-Wave Smoke/CO Alarm protect against fire and carbon monoxide poisoning, and they can alert you to danger even when you’re not home via your smart hub. Most alarms work with other First Alert products. If you aren’t ready to replace all the smoke and CO alarms in your home, consider using the Roost Wi-Fi battery, which turns your existing alarm into a smart alarm and notifies you when the alarm sounds or when the battery needs to be replaced.
5. Smart Water Sensors
Water damage costs homeowners plenty—HomeAdvisor sets the national average at just over $2,500. Preventing or reacting quickly to water damage is the easiest way to save yourself from a high repair bill. Most water sensors monitor your home and send an alert when a leak is detected. Some, like the FIBARO Z-Wave Flood Sensor, even emit alerts about volatile water temperatures, which can prevent burns or a broken water heater.
6. Smart Plugs and Outlets
Smart plugs and outlets might seem like an odd addition when thinking about home emergencies. However, these gadgets can easily prevent electrical fires when you leave something plugged in, like an iron or hair straightener. These smart plugs let you turn on or off any device plugged into them, which saves you from worry and danger if you forget to unplug something before heading to work. The Dome Z-Wave Plus On/Off Plug-in Switch also lets you monitor your device’s energy usage through the smart plug.
Not all home emergencies can be averted. You can, however, minimize them. Find the right Z-Wave smart tech to protect your home and keep your family safe.