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The Benefits of Environmental Security Sensors

by Courtney Rogers on March 29, 2014

Infrared motion sensor 466282673When most people think of home security sensors, they immediately think of motion sensors and burglar deterrents. The truth is that the security of your home is easily threatened by much more than potential burglars. What about fires, CO poisoning, or flooding? What about natural disasters or extreme temperatures? A home without environmental alarms and sensors is missing the largest part of its defenses, and that could be putting your family and the integrity of your home at a far greater risk than that of burglary or home invasion.

Flood Sensors

While the average burglary usually robs a homeowner of around $2,000, water damage that has gone unnoticed can end up costing tens of thousands of dollars. It can quickly ruin flooring, baseboards, furniture, and cabinets, and as if that risk wasn’t enough, it can cause the growth of dangerous molds that can adversely affect the health of those living in the home.

The purpose of flood sensors is to detect any buildup of moisture or water before it becomes a serious problem. These devices work the best when installed in areas that are most prone to leaks or flooding, such as beneath sinks in bathrooms and kitchens, in the laundry room near the washer and dryer, and in the basement near water heaters and sump pumps. With the help of flood sensors, you can catch leaks before they become serious, and you can get fair warning before serious flooding, such as if a sump pump starts to fail.

Fire and CO Alarms

Combination Smoke and CO Alarm 147083364Never underestimate the danger of house fires and Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Most homeowners unfortunately tend to have that thought, “Oh, it will never happen to me…” but unfortunately, these dangers are all too common, and they aren’t always because of negligence or a silly mistake. Just about any appliance or equipment in your home that generates heat can be subject to overheating and combusting, leading to either a fire or a dangerous spike in CO levels. Proper fire alarms that meet local regulations should be installed outside of any sleeping area and on each floor of the home, and CO monitors should be on each story.

If a fire were to occur in your home, you would want to have fair warning, and that means making sure that your smoke detectors are always up-to-date and functional, with fresh batteries. Even if a fire is put out before it spreads far, smoke damage can quickly penetrate furniture, clothing, and other possessions, and it can even cause suffocation. The more sensitive your alarm, the earlier warning you will have, even if it means it starts beeping any time you burn the cookies.

Temperature Monitoring

This is one sensor that too few homeowners concern themselves with. Yes, it can function something like a thermostat, but its purpose is to help keep your home well-maintained and safe from hazards that can come from extreme temperatures. If you live in an area where temperatures drop below zero during the winter and rise high enough to cause heat waves in the summer, temperature monitoring could save you thousands of dollars of repairs over time. It can alert you to the risk of freezing pipes, humidity levels that can cause corrosion or rusting, and dangerous heat levels that could lead to house fires because of overheated appliances or combustible materials. With remote access, this kind of monitoring is also a great option to keep in-home temperatures at safe levels for pets while you’re away from home.