One of the most powerful features of your Vera Lite and smart home devices in general is that they can let you know when something has happened around the house even when you're not there.
You can make virtually any device send you a notification -- email or SMS text -- when that device meets a condition that you specify yourself. As a few examples, you might want to get a notification when a smart door lock has been opened; now you know that someone has come home. You might want to be notified when the house's temperature hits a certain point, so you can change the thermostat. You might want a notification that a motion detector has been tripped when you're not home. There are many uses for notifications.
There are two parts to setting up notifications. One of them is setting your contact information (email address and mobile phone number/carrier) so the notifications know where to go. This is done in your account settings in the Dashboard; you probably did this already when you created your account. You can test that your notifications are working properly with the Test Notifications feature inside your account's contact information.
The second part of setting up a notification is telling which specific device(s), under which conditions, should send you the notification. These are set by clicking on the device's wrench icon.
Note: Remember that to get to the wrench icon, you simply move your mouse over to the top of the bar for that device's thumbnail, as shown below. Both the pin and the wrench icon will appear. Clicking the wrench icon always brings you to that device's inner adjustments.:
Let's take a look at a few examples of how and why you might want to receive a notification from your devices:
Example 1: Daylight Sensor
Let's say you had a Z-Wave controllable daylight sensor set up in your home. When there's bright daylight in the house, you might want to turn the thermostat down or off when you're away at work. If you had Z-Wave controllable motorized shades or blinds, you'd want to close them. Click the wrench icon for your light sensor and its settings will open up. Click on Notifications in this menu and you'll be presented with a drop-down menu of the possible conditions this light sensor can observe and notify you about. When the sensor sees the brightness that you've told it to watch out for, it will send you a notification.
Example 2: Humidity Sensor
Let's say you had a basement or lower level of your home that tends to get overly humid. You own a de-humidifier for that room, but what good does that do you when you're not home to turn it on? By adding a humidity sensor and Z-Wave control for the de-humidifier, such as a Mi Casa Verde SmartSwitch, you can protect the room and everything in it from humidity without having to run the de-humidifier all day, burning energy. Have the humidity sensor send you an alert when the conditions warrant turning on your de-humidifier. You can also have the humidity sensor turn on the de-humidifier all by itself by building this same scenario into a scene.
Example 3: Smart Energy Swtich
You can know if your kids are doing their homework and not playing video games even though you're not home to supervise! An intelligent electrical switch can send you a notification when the game console comes on.
Remember that it's the devices that send you notifications, not scenes. Devices can be part of a scene, and when a scene is run, one or more devices can send you a notification. To receive notifications from a device, be sure to set the notification in that particular device (sensor, switch, etc.).
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