- Smart home
- Smart lighting
- Smart energy meters
- Heating and ventilation
- Smart plug
- Household appliances
- Smart windows
- Home automation
- Smart technologies
Z-Wave is the best option to start building a smart home
What is Z-Wave? When you decide to modernize your home and upgrade it into a smart one, this doesn't come with a whole lot of construction work. On the contrary, most existent devices and appliances can be upgraded into smart ones and connected to a wireless control system via low-energy radio waves. Starting at the end of the last millennium, when the first Z-Wave protocol came to life, this wireless communication protocol has become more and more prevalent, with a major share of smart home appliances today being compatible with Z-Wave protocol. What this actually means is that all your smart home devices and appliances are connected into one large mesh at a frequency reserved for them, enabling you to control your appliances and read data about their condition, operation and energy consumption, wherever you are and whenever you need to.
In the beginning, there was light
The first Z-Wave system was used to control lights, which were later joined by heating and cooling system, doors, windows, shades, security systems, surveillance, every type of home appliance, TV and multimedia devices, and so on. With hundreds of products available on the market to meet every consumer's needs, you can choose from a variety of smart lighting, sensors, security devices and plain plugs, which will turn your existing home appliances into smart ones, without having to worry about compatibility. As they all operate within the same communication protocol, it is always possible to control them simultaneously or independently.
Why would you even want to use Z-Wave?
Because it works within its dedicated low-energy radio wave frequency, Z-Wave communication is less likely to be interrupted by other communication protocols, such as wi-fi or Bluetooth. While this comes in handy when controlling smart lighting or heating systems, it is of utmost importance with home security, where systems put in place to detect disturbances at entry points to your home must function without a glitch. Unlike other home automation systems, Z-Wave is also quite inexpensive. Z-Wave technology is partly an open source system, backed by a large online community of individuals and companies, who are passionate about the development of affordable smart home technologies.
Easy installation and low energy consumption make it a perfect choice
Installation of Z-Wave chips is easy and supported by online tutorials (in addition to the manufacturer's advice, of course), and while many connected smart home devices only make a Z-Wave mesh stronger, they don't make it less energy efficient. On the contrary, by remotely controlling every system in your home, you can save loads of energy, while the technology itself consumes next to nothing. Because introducing Z-Wave technology doesn't call for alterations of existing electrical installations, the cost of transitioning is minimal. You can easily start with just a few smart home devices and add appliances with time and according to your personal preference.