While most homeowners have heard that security systems can help prevent break-ins and thefts, did you know there are additional benefits a security system can provide to protect your property and family? By equipping your security system with today’s technology you may be able to prevent, or minimize damage from, emergencies like fires, freezing pipes, floods and carbon monoxide poisoning.
A connected system can also open up the possibility of having 24/7 surveillance in your home through a monitoring station and remote control from your smart phone.
Here are some things to consider for your next home security system upgrade:
Find a security provider that will monitor your system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That way, if an emergency is detected by one of the security devices, the monitoring station will be alerted. Depending on the situation, authorities, emergency services, or security staff will be contacted and dispatched immediately.
Self-monitor your home at your fingertips from your mobile device. With a mobile app, you can control your security equipment and get notifications on potential situations, such as when temperatures in your home drop dramatically or if carbon monoxide is detected.
One of the most crucial fire precautions is having a working smoke detector. Connect a smoke detector to your security system to detect rising temperatures and smoke.
Flood and Water Damage Mitigation
Water damage can be a messy and expensive issue for a homeowner. You can use your security system to detect early signs of water infiltration caused by a variety of reasons, such as a leaking washing machine, seasonal flooding or a sewer backup, with the help of a flood sensor. Flood sensors can be placed in areas where water is likely to collect to help detect water in the home and alert you before it causes more damage.
Extreme Temperature Alerts
Place freeze sensors around your home and be alerted when the temperature approaches an extreme low. This can help you react quickly to chimney or furnace malfunctions and help prevent freezing pipes. On the other end of the spectrum, you can install heat sensors to detect extreme rising temperatures for emergencies such as flash fires, which create little smoke.
Carbon Monoxide Detection
Carbon monoxide is an odourless, tasteless and colourless gas that can quickly become deadly if it goes undetected and the right precautions are not taken. Get notified if carbon monoxide is detected and prevent any potential emergencies or accidents.
While cameras, motion sensors and smart door locks can help protect your family and home from break-ins, you can add other layers of protection by investing in additional security equipment, monitoring services and phone apps. Take matters into your own hands and prevent property damage and accidents from occurring in your home.
Installing a home security system? You may qualify for homeowners’ insurance discounts if you install certain safety devices to help protect your property and loved ones. Speak to your Allstate agent about options.