Shop Smart, Save Smart: Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Smart Home Budget

March 15, 2016 2 Comments

Learn how to get best Z-Wave deals, without discount coupons, build a smart home on a budget

So you’re looking to create or update your smart home system. With so many brands, outlets, and types of devices to choose from, the process might seem daunting and expensive. Not to worry, you’re in the right place. I put together a list of ways to save even more on your smart home project. Here’s how to build a great Z-Wave system and stay on budget. 

Leave a Review, Take a Coupon

I learned all of what I know today about the technology from the Z-Wave community. That’s why I always read through product reviews – they’re full of troubleshooting suggestions and just really cool ideas on how to use and install smart home devices. So we want to encourage everyone to share their home automation experience by leaving product reviews and getting an instant coupon code for more Z-Wave!
There are no minimum or maximum limits, the more you review, the more discounts you get. Simply visit the page of the product you’ve purchased and scroll down to the Customer Reviews section. Click on “Write a review,” tell us what you think, and submit.
Find out more here.

Save Big on Large Projects

Large scale home or office automation can be costly and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be when you shop smart. Browse our Installer’s Zone to find dozens of value packs up to 60% off. It’s full of Z-Wave all-time favorites like the super-discounted Ecolink door window, garage door, and motion sensors. If your project involves securing a large number of windows and doors, you can save over $100 with the 20 pack of the Ecolink devices.

No matter the brand, we make sure the Installer’s Zone has you covered with incredible savings so that the more you need, the less you pay. The list is recently expanded and always growing. If you don’t see a pack of the product you’re looking for, let us know and we’ll create a custom listing for you.

Z-Wave Kits for Your Convenience

While the Installer’s Zone is a useful resource for saving on one type of product, Z-Wave Kits group different Z-Wave devices together to give you a simpler, cheaper shopping experience. You can get the most out of your connected home if you’ve got different devices working together. You might as well save time and money in the process.

If you’re just starting out or looking for a new advanced home controller, the VeraPlus kits are a great place to look. The VeraPlus is an upgraded Z-Wave gateway controller that is compatible with over 1000 Z-Wave accessories and can manage up to 220 devices at a time. The new product is well-worth its price but we just love creating deals. And so you can choose from pairs of discounted VeraPlus and a battery pack, toggle switch, or range extender, getting the most out of your budget. We promise to keep adding more!

One of the most useful products in my opinion, is the Smart Security Z-Wave Kit. The included devices let you secure your windows and doors, and be notified if motion or broken glass is detected. Through your Z-Wave gateway controller, connect the indoor siren with any of the above products for optimal security at an affordable price.

You can also look into the Aeotec by Aeon Labs Safe Z-Wave Kit for an enhanced home security solution. Get it at 20% off and enjoy some of the latest Aeotec products for less: two 6-in-1 Multisensors (that monitor and control motion, humidity, temperature, light, UV, and vibration), a Gen5 Z-Wave Plus Indoor Siren, and a Gen5 Z-Wave Plus Doorbell that allows you upload a tone from your own mp3 library.

Z-Wave Steals for Under $30

For smaller, more affordable smart home updates, check out the new Z-Wave Under $30 section — the newest cost-saving addition to The Smartest House. We gathered all of the most reliable and cheap Z-Wave products that will make perfect additions to your smart home set up.

Consider the Z-Wave 7-Button Scene Controller, that allows you to customize up to 7 scenes — meaning your Z-Wave devices can be programmed to save and recreate your ideal conditions, like the evening lighting in your office or your preferred bedroom temperature.

I’m a big fan of small devices which you can easily conceal so I always recommend the Z-Wave Door Window Sensor which is both discreet and inexpensive so a great way to expand your home’s security. Whatever your needs, from sensors to lighting controls, the Z-Wave Under $30 section should be one of the first places you look for the smartest steals.

Fast & Free Shipping Options

Our customer support team receives a lot of inquiries about domestic and international shipping options. In case you’re not sure how about the time and cost of shipping when you shop at the store – it’s quite simple really. All orders are processed and leave our warehouse within 24 hours on a business day. If it’s Saturday or a public Holiday, they will ship on Monday or the next business day.

All US orders over $99 ship for free via standard service which usually means USPS Priority, UPS SurePost, or UPS Ground depending on the value and weight of the package. You always have an option to upgrade to an expedited service – these rates are calculated live based on USPS and UPS pricing.

We love our international customers! That’s why we created affordable shipping options for anyone shopping outside the US. Simply choose Standard Shipping for your country and check-out and your order will be mailed to you within 24 hours via USPS First Class International or USPS Priority (yes, depends on the weight).
You can contact us with more detailed questions about shipping anytime.

Do you have any other ideas on how to create ways to save while shopping at The Smartest House? Let us know in the Comments section below and we’ll work on it!

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Jan (The Smartest House)
Jan (The Smartest House)

January 13, 2017

Hi Eugene, we don’t currently ship to South Africa due to a few incidents with lost/stolen mail in the past. Sorry for the inconvenience!


January 12, 2017

Hi, I don’t see South Africa listed in the Checkout?

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Winter is Coming: How to Prep Your Smart Home for the Cold

November 05, 2018 4 Comments

How to Prep Your Smart Home for Winter

Winterizing your home used to mean lots of physical labor - caulking windows, installing heavier drapes, maybe even changing out older windows and doors that were too efficient at releasing insulated air. Winter prep can still mean all of the above, but new Z-Wave technology has made certain aspects of winterization easier while adding another level of protection as those temperatures drop.

Here’s what we’re using to stay cozy and make sure our energy bills don’t make us freeze in our tracks:

Stelpro KI Z-Wave Plus Thermostat

This is one of our winter must-haves. It’s the first Z-Wave line voltage thermostat in North America (but be careful, it won’t work with forced air systems!). Use it to control electric baseboards and convector heaters all from your Z-Wave hub’s app interface. Reduce your energy consumption by 30% with custom heating schedules, or just switch to the thermostat’s built-in Economy mode to keep things efficient.

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Your Gift Guide to Z-Wave Hubs

December 08, 2017 9 Comments

The Smartest House Gift Guide to Z-Wave Hubs

Choosing the ultimate smart home system for your needs and lifestyle can be daunting if you don’t know what to look for. Each hub comes with its own advantages and limitations; a certain feature might be a godsend for someone else but a deal breaker for you. That’s why we’ve listed our top 3 Z-Wave hub recommendations below, including what we love about these hubs but also some things to consider when choosing the right one for you. And good news! They all support Alexa, so you can count on a voice-activated smart home this holiday season.

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The best Z-Wave Motion Sensors: Compared

June 08, 2017 18 Comments

Detailed Guide to the best Z-Wave Motion Sensors: Compared

You often ask us for recommendations: what are the best, most reliable Z-Wave motion sensors out there? The choice seems endless with new devices coming out every day. While we have our favorites, choosing the right sensor for YOU will depend on YOUR needs, lifestyle, and ideas on how to apply the product to your Z-Wave network and collection of devices. So we thought we should ask one of you to test and compare our best-selling smart home security sensors.

We wanted feedback from someone who has tested and programmed lots of Z-Wave devices but most importantly, from someone who has used them in real-life scenarios at home. The comments detailed below and the invaluable side-by-side comparison chart are by Kevin LaFramboise, an expert SmartThings user and the creator of some of the most advanced and stable custom device handlers for the popular platform.

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