Keeping your home safe and secure requires more than break-in protection, and home security systems have evolved to meet those demands. While they will still cover your house and identify security breaches, they also offer a variety of different functionalities. Systems will detect environmental issues like leaks, flooding, smoke, carbon monoxide and fire. They will alert you to any threats, allowing you to respond quickly to prevent further damage.
Leaks and floods within your home can cause expensive damages, and the faster you are alerted to these issues, the quicker you can fix the problem. If your radiators spring a leak, or your sump pump fails, you need to act fast. You could be away on holiday, or at work for the day, and by the time you get home, there might already be a huge mess to clean up. You can set up your security system to send an alert directly to your phone as soon as a leak is detected. They do so through a set of sensors, which you can place in areas that are prone to leaks or with potential flood risks. If your radiator was the cause of the problem, you want to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Alongside a sensor, invest in quality radiators to ensure that you are fully protecting your house.
Fire can devastate your home very fast. If there is a fire in your home while you are away, not only will the alarm sound, notifying any neighbours, but you’ll also receive a notification on your phone. If you live in a country property that is quite isolated, you may not even have neighbours nearby who would notice the fire immediately. Many home security systems now integrate with smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to provide a full-service home monitoring package. The system will also automatically notify the monitoring station when it detects a fire, and they will contact the authorities. So, even if you don’t receive the alert, the fire department will still be on their way.
There are additional environmental factors that could lead to problems within your home if they go undetected. A temperature sensor, as part of your home security system, will flag you when the temperature drops below a certain level. If you are away during the winter, and it gets cold, you could end up with frozen pipes if they aren’t in use. Your system will notify you of the dropping temperature, allowing you to contact someone who can go and either turn on the heating for a few days or run the water periodically to prevent them from freezing. Doing this is much more cost-effective than dealing with frozen pipes, which could expand and burst, causing much more expensive damages.
When choosing a home security system, it’s helpful to know about all the functionalities that are available to you. Protecting your home from both break-ins and environmental threats will give you peace on mind that when you’re away, all your belongings are safe. On top of that, these new technologies will help you to minimize any damages as a result of floods or fires by allowing you to react quickly.