March 15, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
June 08, 2017
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.
April 09, 2017
It’s easy to be wary of claims of long-lasting battery life, as so many products out there promise reliable and worry-free battery power and then fail to deliver. So when the Sensative Strips Door/Window Sensor arrived to the market – a sensor thinner than two credit cards stacked together, and featuring a brand-new kind of battery that lasts for 10 years – some of us were skeptical.
Sensative recently turned to Sony to put their product’s power consumption to the test with the help of Otii – a new energy-optimization tool that measures and analyzes the power consumption behaviors of battery-powered devices. Of its many useful features, it allows the user to pinpoint the cause of a draining battery by syncing the software’s debug output with its power readings. Otii’s findings confirmed that the battery in Strips can last much longer than 10 years with optimal configuration and network conditions.
March 14, 2017
We get a lot of inquiries from Wink users trying to connect Z-Wave devices which should "technically" work with their hub but are not listed on the device list in the Wink hub.
You can include most on/off Z-Wave products to Wink and Wink 2, including light switches, plug-in modules, dimmers, and even multi-channel devices such as our popular Zooz Power Strip which allows you to control 5 outlets individually.
Since Wink's support is not very obvious on how to include these "generic" Z-Wave devices to your network, we created this step-by-step guide with easy-to-follow instructions and screenshots to make everything super clear.
We hope it helps you enjoy your Z-Wave system even more!