If you are lucky enough to leave your home up here in the Northeast for extended periods of time during the winter and stay in warmer climes, there are some things that you should do to make sure you don’t return to a disaster.
- You should have a burglar alarm installed to protect your home from burglars while you are gone. If your house is empty for prolonged periods, you open yourself up to another unwelcome possibility – the squatter. Simply, somebody who found out you are not around and takes the opportunity to stay at your home. They will not take as good care of it as you do.
- Add smoke detectors to your alarm system. If a fire breaks out in your absence, the fire department will respond and handle the situation. You will no longer have to rely on your neighbors seeing smoke or flames to call the fire department.
- Add low temperature detection. You turn your heat down, probably to around 50 degree when you are gone. If your heater fails, and If the temperatures drop and stays below freezing, it will not take long for the temperature in your home to drop. Your pipes that run in outside walls and through the garage are particularly prone to freezing quicker. If these pipe crack you can have potentially huge problems. A low temperature sensor will alert you if the temperature in your home drops below a certain point.
- Add water detection sensors. Water sensors placed near the hot water heater, sump, and low point in the basement will alert you if your have a water problem in your absence.
- Add opening/closing reports with reporting. You will be notified via email or text message when your system is armed and disarmed. You can see if anybody with legitimate access to your home is entering. You can also know if the person entrusted to check on your home is doing their job.
If you already have a burglar alarm system, smoke detectors, low temperature sensors, and water sensors can all be added. Opening/Closing reports can be programmed in.
The central station can notify you and anybody you choose if any of the above events occur.
To make it even easier and more convenient, choose an interactive system for more control. See our recent blog post on interactive systems.
If you live in Central or Northern New Jersey and would like information on any of the topics discussed above, or if you would like us to perform a Home Safety and Security Audit, absolutely free, please call 800-369-3962 or simply click the link below.