Winter is coming…
Let’s face it. Winter is only cool (pun intended) until January 2nd. As the holidays end, most of us spend the majority of our time eating, cursing ourselves for not getting an automatic car starter, and counting down the days until summer. Winter also brings cold weather, one of the worst perpetrators of property damage your home can have. Frozen pipes, loss of heat, and busted boilers are all common problems the cold brings, and all can cause property damage resulting in thousands of dollars lost. Not to mention that as your home defends itself from the cold, incidents like carbon monoxide and house fires can occur.
This is where Knight Security Systems can help.
The devices that can be added to your alarm system like temperature alerts, flood sensors, carbon monoxide detectors, and smoke detectors, can all protect your home and alert you before damages occur. Please be sure to consult with your insurance company as adding any or all of these devices can result in a major discount!
Temperature Alert Devices
A temperature alert device, also called a low temp device, is a perfect item to boost your home defense against the cold. The device is typically installed near a thermostat and is programmed into your home alarm system. From there, if the device detects a temperature below a certain degree, the system will call your phone and let you know. This is an ideal addition for those who work long days or travel/vacation during the winter. Detecting that your home’s heat may have failed early could save you from having frozen pipes or other property damage.
Sometimes, if your pipes freeze, they will burst, resulting in a leak in your home that can get worse the longer it goes unattended. A flood detector can detect even the slightest bit of water accumulating on a surface and alert you through your alarm system. Water can be just as damaging as a fire, yet your neighbors can smell smoke. With a water leak, it could go on for an extended period of time without you or any well-meaning neighbor knowing.
With smart thermostats, you can remotely check your home’s temperature and adjust it from any web enabled device. Through your home security app, you can also set up schedules for your heating and cooling or have the thermostats react to how your security system is armed.
Make sure to test your smoke detectors at least once a month. If you have monitored smoke detectors through your home security system, make sure to call Knight Security Systems to learn how to test these devices. An additional benefit of monitored smoke detectors is that they are supervised and you will be notified if any device is not functioning correctly.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon Monoxide Detectors should also be tested once a month, especially during the winter time. A Carbon Monoxide leak can occur anytime that a fuel source burns incompletely. Items like wood, oil, gas, and propane can all cause carbon monoxide buildups. At the minimum, you should have at least one carbon monoxide detector per floor. If you have monitored carbon monoxide detectors through your home security system, make sure to call Knight Security Systems to learn how to test these devices. An additional benefit of monitored carbon monoxide detectors is that they are supervised and you will be notified if any device is not functioning correctly.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact Knight Security Systems at 914.232.0003!