Smart Alarm Systems can Help Protect Your Home from Winter Disasters
Winter can be challenging, especially when the weather does not cooperate. While some might think home security is just about preventing break-ins, a smart home alarm system can keep you aware and in control of a whole range of cold weather situations.
Install a Smart Thermostat
You can lower your electric service or gas bill with a smart thermostat. Not only will you be able to automatically adjust the temperature based on your family’s preferences, but it will also adjust based on outside temperatures. A programmable “smart” thermostat will lower the temp before bed (perfect for cozying up under a comforter), warm the house before you wake, and lower it again when you leave for work. So if the temperature dips unexpectedly while you are at the office, out to dinner, or away for the weekend, don’t worry…your house is smart enough to keep it the perfect temperature and ward off cold-weather threats like frozen pipes. You can also interface your smart thermostat with your alarm system so that the temperature in your home is set by the arming status of the alarm system.
Protect Against Frozen Pipes
Install water sensors, shut-off valves and temperature sensors especially in attics, basements, crawlspaces and rooms with poor insulation. These gadgets will help you identify a problem before it even happens, so you will prevent emergency plumbing disasters from happening this winter.
Automate Your Water Heater
Traditional water heaters work constantly to keep water hot, even when you do not need hot water. This round-the-clock heating spikes your home’s total energy usage. Heating water more efficiently will save you money every month. A smart water heater with a programmable thermostat does not waste energy when you are asleep, at the office, or out of town on that long-awaited vacation.
Carbon Monoxide Monitoring
There’s nothing quite as relaxing as sitting by a crackling fireplace in winter – except, perhaps, going to bed afterwards knowing that your family is protected from accidental fire and smoke hazards. Make sure your system alerts people in the home in the event of a fire or CO detection as well as contact emergency services on your behalf. No matter where you are, professional help will be on the way. Choose one that will also turn on your lights to ensure a safe exit, and shut down your HVAC system to prevent ash and fumes spreading through your home.
Power Cuts: No Power, No Problem
Icy weather cracks tree limbs and downs power lines. Advanced wireless technology uses a reliable, cellular connection. Your system will continue to secure your home and you can still use our mobile app to control many home automation devices like door locks even when the power is out. Some will even notify you once things are back online so you can return home right away if you have decided to leave the house during the outage. Find out more HERE.
Don’t get left out in the cold. Call one of our smart home specialists today to find out how Independent Alarm can keep your family safe, your home running smoothly and save you money.