Environmental Alarms for you DIY Wired Home Security System
When most people start thinking about installing a DIY wired home security system, their first thought isn’t usually about environmental alarms. Usually their first thought is burglar deterrents and defenses against home invasion, and with the way crime rates are these days, it’s no wonder that’s the case. However, it’s very important for homeowners to also consider the ramifications of environmental hazards when it comes to their property, possessions, and safety. No home shouldn’t have the proper environmental alarms installed as an integral part of their home security system. Here are a few alarms that are necessary to the safety and integrity of your home.
It may seem run-of-the-mill to you, but these little devices are incredibly important. Sometimes they can be more annoying than helpful, as these alarms alert the house to real threats significantly less than they annoy their residents every time the butter drips in the oven. But before you go disabling or unplugging your smoke detector, find some gratitude for the fact that it can and does alert you to small things like that. Perhaps if it hadn’t have gone off, your baked goods could have spilled over and caused an oven fire, which would have been a real and significant threat. Be glad that that little device works, even if it only seems to at inconvenient times.
Most homeowners know the basics: every home should have a smoke detector installed, and really there should be one installed per floor, and one installed outside each sleeping area for optimum effectiveness. Make sure that your smoke detector meets the regulations set down in your area for fire safety, and be sure to check the batteries regularly and change them every few months. It’s worth the effort if it means keeping your home and family safe.
Carbon Monoxide monitors can prevent sickness and death from CO poisoning, also known as the “silent killer.” This device monitors the CO levels in your home and quickly alerts anyone there to a spike in those levels, which can be caused from just about any heating or electric appliance, from toasters to vehicles. A CO monitor should be installed next to each smoke detector in your home.
These little buggers are incredibly useful and can save you potentially thousands of dollars in repairs to your home. Flood sensors are small devices that can be placed in the areas of your home that most frequently have running water, such as under sinks, behind a washer, next to a water heater, or near a sump pump. These devices are programmed to monitor the amount of moisture and humidity in the environment around them, and they will set off an alarm if excess moisture is detected, such as from a leak. Knowing how pricey water damage can be to fix, and knowing how tricky it can be to get insurance coverage for it depending upon the circumstances, flood sensors can make up an important part of your homes security.
The temperature of your home has a great impact on the integrity of its structure and the wear and tear of the possessions in your home. Installing a thermostat that includes automated temperature monitoring can go a long way toward helping your home last longer. Many of these can be programmed to automatically turn on heating or cooling when in-home temperatures reach a certain level, which can save you the repair costs of frozen and cracked pipes or the replacement of spoiled goods.
Never underestimate the importance of including environmental sensors and alarms in your DIY wired home security stystem!