Z-Wave Home Automation
Z-Wave home automation allows a user to control the Z-Wave devices in their home in amazing ways. This type of home automation works by enabling certain types of devices to interact with a home security system by using wireless Z-Wave communication. From there, your security panel will serve as the central hub for all of the Z-Wave devices in your home. Some common types of Z-Wave devices include door locks, thermostats, light switches and more. Once the device is installed and programmed with the system, it will be immediately ready for use.
In order to use a Z-Wave device with your security system, your panel must be capable of supporting Z-Wave devices. To do this, a Z-Wave module must installed in your system. Some systems, such as the Honeywell Lyric Controller and the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 come pre-included with a Z-Wave module. However, other panels, such any Lynx Touch system, will require a Z-Wave module upgrade to be installed. Fortunately, Z-Wave modules are easy to install, and the task can be quickly completed by most end users.
Once a Z-Wave device has been programmed with a security panel, a user will be able to control it from their security system. If the system is connected to the network with an IP or cellular connection, then the Z-Wave device can also be accessed and controlled from a remote location. This is done using an interactive service, such as Total Connect or Alarm.com, in conjunction with the service’s associated mobile app. Both Total Connect and Alarm.com offer a free mobile app that is compatible with most smartphones. The type of interactive service you use will depend on what brand of security system you have in your home. Please note that you will need to have an alarm monitoring plan that includes access to one of these services in order to do this.
Another great feature of Z-Wave devices is that they can be programmed to trigger automatically using scenes and rules. A scene is a series of specific actions that can be performed by the Z-Wave devices in your home, such as adjusting the temperature on the thermostat and dimming the lights. A rule is an instruction for your panel to perform a specified scene whenever a certain event occurs, like when you disarm your panel or when a motion sensor is activated.
By using scenes and rules together, you can unlock the true potential of Z-Wave home automation. This works by having a rule tell a scene to activate whenever a specific event takes place. For instance, you might set up your system so that when you disarm your panel. Your lights will turn on and your thermostat will begin cooling. This convenience is only of the best features that Z-Wave technology has to offer, and it can be very impressive when you show it off to others. Creating new rules and scenes is incredibly easy, and it can be done both from your security panel, as well as remotely.