Hello, just ordered my Hubitat and it will be my first foray into home automation. Looking forward to it.
I am replacing all my lighting switches with GE Z-Wave Plus switches. I like the ability to change face plate colour and the switches received some good reviews. Also went with a Fibaro water sensor that is Z-Wave plus. I am now looking at purchasing two locks (front and back door) and have some questions:
- Since I am building my home automation from scratch should I strive to keep every zwave device to be a Zwave Plus device? Or do mixing zwave devices with zwave plus devices have no adverse effects what so ever? It seems some lock choices are still the older zwave standard.
- Since I am replacing about 20 in wall switches with zwave plus repeaters in a 1400 ft2 bungalow, I will hopefully end up with a fairly strong zwave mesh network, would it make any sense to then buy zigbee locks (and maybe a thermostat). It seems zigbee gets some better reviews when it comes to locks. Anyone have a lock suggestion, I would like push button instead of touchscreen and I live in the middle of Canada and it can get cold (-35)
- In regards to Presence detection (I have read several posts on this issue). I understand that life360 comes with Hubitat. I wonder why there does not seem to be a lot people using IFTTT for presence. IFTTT allows for geofence presence detection along with WiFi presence detection. Seems easy enough to have IFTTT send a trigger when I enter and leave a predefined geofence along with IFTTT sending a trigger when my phone connects to my home wifi. I have seen posts referring to a lot of other options for presence just wondering if there is some concern or drawback on relying on IFTTT for presence.
Thanks for any responses.