It’s that time of year again where strong winds, snow, ice and extreme cold weather sweeps across the country.
What many homeowners are now realizing is that it’s crucial to protect their homes from nature’s elements and the potential problems caused by winters’ deep freeze.
“People are realizing that it’s just as important to protect homes from extreme fluctuations in temperatures as it is protecting homes from criminal activity with their monitored home security systems,” said Patrice De Luca, vice president of marketing and customer care for Reliance Protectron Security Services, a leader in home security services which offers, among their suite of products and services, affordable solutions to help thwart the threat of water damage, and fire due to accidents caused by extreme temperatures.
This is especially true for snowbirds who travel for long periods. “No one wants to be concerned about their home and property while away on business or travel,” added De Luca. “Damage caused by water and excessive temperature fluctuations—like an overheated wine cellar or frozen pipes—can be serious and expensive. That’s why monitored temperature sensors have been found to offer an effective safety measure for homeowners.”
Reliance Protectron’s temperature sensors are placed in strategic areas such as the furnace room to detect high or low temperatures. When extreme falling or rising temperatures are sensed, the alarm system sends a signal to the company’s monitoring centres where specially trained professional operators are standing by to dispatch appropriate emergency services if required.
These temperature sensors installed and linked to the monitoring centres protect homes 24 hours a day and can alert you of low temperatures in your home so you can react before your pipes freeze and you have water damage to clean up. You can also find out about high temperatures in the event of a flash fire that may create very little smoke, or detect abnormally high temperatures due to a chimney or furnace malfunction.
“If your furnace stops working and your pipes freeze, time is of the essence. The quicker you can shut off the water or direct your plumber to the problem, the better chance you have to prevent pipes from bursting,” added De Luca.
Hopefully, with temperature sensors you can avoid a water emergency such as flooding. However, it’s always good to be prepared, and flood sensors work hand in hand with temperature sensors in case frozen pipes burst. Flood sensors monitor water conditions in the home and are typically placed near water heaters and sump pumps.
De Luca added that temperature and flood sensors, when monitored by a professional monitoring centre, can even allow for the monitoring and detection of extreme temperatures and water levels in your home from a distance though their notification service (TeleGARD) on your cell phone or PC at work for example.
“These early warnings of potentially dangerous temperatures enable homeowners to take action before potential accidents can cause extensive damage to their family’s health, home and personal belongings.” he added. More information on protecting your home while you’re away is available online at www.protectron.com.