How to Automate Your Fireplace With Z-Wave

How to Automate Your Fireplace With Z-Wave

Smart house capabilities are everywhere—including for your fireplace! If you have ever wanted to make it easier not only to turn your fireplace on and off, but to set it up on a timer for your convenience, you should consider a Z-Wave fireplace switch. Here are a few things for you to keep in mind before you get started.

Safety First

Installing a Z-Wave switch necessitates the tricky, technical skill of connecting wires and understanding a circuit. If you aren’t comfortable or confidently familiar with electrical circuits, and even with the detailed instructions that come in your Z-Wave manual, then you can feel free to consult an expert to help you navigate the process.

Proceeding without being effectively knowledgeable can create problems in your home’s electrical circuitry overall, as well as for your fireplace specifically, that are better to avoid at the expense of waiting to seek out more expertise.

Getting Started: What Wires, Where

It helps if your fireplace is relatively clean before you start, but this isn’t necessary. You’ll need to locate where the wiring connects to the wall switch, which you should be able to find by opening the bottom panel of your fireplace. If this isn’t labeled, just look for wires that lead up to and connect with your switch. This is what you’re looking for.

You’ll be cutting these wires—but first, you absolutely must make sure that you turn off the power or that particular circuit that connects to the power, for safety reasons. These are the same wires that you’ll be connecting to your relay. Then make sure that lead to the old manual switch gets connected to the terminals marked with the switch symbol. In this instance, order of the wires doesn’t effect the ability for the switch to connect, power, or function.

The Easy Part: House Current

Your little circuit is nice, but if it doesn’t connect to the house current then it’s useless. An easy fix for this is to purchase a power cord and connecting the white wire from this cord to the N terminal on the relay, and the black wire to relay terminal L. Then you can plug this into the outlet under the fireplace—and your power strip LED light should flash and let you know that the process worked just right. In terms of the right type of power cord, a lamp power cord should do the trick.

The Even Easier Part: Connecting the Switch

All of the handyman work should be over at this point. Now, all you need to do is download the Wink app or your hub's app and follow the instructions in it for setting up your Z-Wave switch and connecting it to your device. This will help you pair the switch to your phone, and from then on you should be able to set up a timer to turn the fireplace on, as well as to control the device from your phone in general.

If at any point while installing your Z-Wave fireplace switch you have questions or concerns, especially in terms of personal safety or making sure that nothing gets permanently damaged in the process, it’s a good idea to consult an electrician or a smart house specialist just to be sure that you’re on the right track.

If you need more help, you can check out this thread on Reddit, which has a lot of great info on this install.

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