Somfy is one of the top brands that specialize in home décor, especially for window treatments. These providers of home décor focus mainly on bringing simplicity, security and tranquility in the lives of their customers. They go about trying to achieve this by bring about innovation in the window treatment market by making motorized shades, blinds and curtains. They even go a step further in introducing smart window treatments that can be synced with the rest of your home (lights, thermostat and security systems for instance). In pursuit of their mission, they have also implemented voice command features to their window treatments.
What are the benefits of connecting your shades to the rest of your appliances?
The advantages that you can garner from syncing all your devices together are next to intangible. The purpose behind the entire process is to make your life easy and comfortable. With smart devices working together, your intervention isn’t required to run your home. For instance, if you set a timer for your shades or blinds to open at a particular point of time in the evening, the thermostat can automatically increase the temperature by just a bit. If you decide to go out, your smart lock system is triggered, which in turn can close all the blinds and windows.
Connecting your blinds to your security system can also be extremely useful. You can always check if they are open or close and set it up in a way that they open and close during certain times of the day. This gives off the illusion that someone is at home all the time, discouraging intruders from wanting to forcefully enter your home.
The main objective is to make sure you don’t have to spend time and effort doing simple tasks around your home. Although the tasks that home automation takes care of in your stead are all quite simple, they can take up a respectable amount of time cumulatively if you think about it. The time you save can be used elsewhere. It gives you more time to work on something else or catch up with some rest. Either way, home automation eases up your day.
What is exactly Z-Wave and how does it work?
If it has to be put simply, Z-wave is a form of wireless communication protocol that is primarily used for home automation. It uses waves with low energy radio waves to form a grid in which devices can communicate with each other. They are usually used to connect window treatments, thermostats, security systems, locks, swimming pool and garage doors.
There are a number of ways to control a Z-wave communication system. Usually, people go about it by controlling via WIFI on their smartphones, tablets or PCs. Some people also prefer using a wall mounted Z-Wave panel, a smart speaker, a key fob or any other central controlling system.
How do I use my Somfy Z-Wave shades?
Now, you have a choice on how you want to go about connecting your Somfy motorized shades to other devices in your home. Your first choice is to use Google Assistant and the other option is to choose Google Home.
Google Home and Google Assistant are not the same platform. There is a fundamental difference between the two. Google Home is a smart speaker that allows you to make calls and play music while also being the central hub for all other devices in you smart home like your thermostat and lights. Google Assistant is a voice assistant that is a part of Google Home.
The first way is to connect your Somfy Z-wave shades with Google Assistant with Somfy’s TaHoma App. The App now makes it easy to directly integrate Google Assistant with your motorised shades and configure them their best possible usage. Before the App helped with direct integration with Google Assistant, you had to get a Somfy MyLink device which then had to be connected to a third-party platform.
Why do I need to connect my Somfy Z-wave shades to Google Home if can just use Google Assistant?
It is true that connecting to Google Assistant is now fairly easy and user friendly because of the TaHoma App. But if your home automation system runs on your WIFI, you run the risk of slowing down your network, which can be quite problematic considering everyone’s internet needs for work and entertainment. It would make things easier if you used Google Home with Z-wave to reduce the burden on your network.
How can I use Z-wave on Google Home?
Unfortunately, Google Home doesn’t come with Z-wave compatibility with its initial set up. However, you can work around this with a little bit of tweaking you can make Google Home compatible with Z-wave.
Since Google Home uses WIFI to connect with other home devices, your job is to find a way to replace the WIFI with a Z-wave compatible central hub. If you can connect it to a central Z-wave hub, the newly introduce Z-wave device will connect to all your home devices.
This can cause some confusion, so let’s clear the air. The word ‘hub’ can be confusing to you because Google Home is itself a smart home hub. But it isn’t a Z-wave compatible smart home hub because it uses WIFI instead. What you will have to do is to get another Z-wave compatible smart home hub and connect it to the home devices and then also connect it to Google Home. The Z-wave compatible hub is the glue that holds Google Home and all the devices together. You will be able use your Google Home as your voice assistant after connecting to the Z-wave hub.
How do I find a Z-wave hub?
Finding a Z-wave hub is easy. We recommend using the Samsung SmartThings Hub for use with Graber’s Z-wave shades. Another reputed Z-wave hub is the Wink Hub 2.
Once you’ve set everything up using your Z-wave blinds will be a breath of fresh air. Having motorized blinds that are controllable by voice commands and automatically open and close without having to give regular commands based on the day, time, temperature and situation will truly open up your world to a glimpse of innovation.