Home safety is getting easier and easier these days to implement. Smart devices are keeping us connected to our home through our door bells, through cameras around the house, and even glass shatter detection. You don’t have to have a smart home to have your bases covered though, there are several low cost alarms/detectors it’s wise for any home owner to invest in.
SMOKE AND FIRE ALARMS
Fire alarms should be installed on every level of a home, including in the basement, as well as inside each bedroom and outside every sleeping area. To maintain your smoke detectors, be sure to test your home’s alarms once a month, replace the batteries at least once a year and completely replace them every ten years.
CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
Carbon monoxide is undetectable to our senses, it’s because of this that CO sensors are absolutely necessary for home safety. You’ll want two to three carbon monoxide detectors in an average-sized home – more if your home is larger. Place detectors near heat-producing appliances, and replace them every five years. To make sure your detector is working efficiently, change its batteries once or twice a year.
If you live in an area that experiences flooding and/or heavy rains, a flood sensor can monitor places prone to water damage, like attics, basements and crawlspaces, and warn you about water seeping into your home.
Flood sensors can detect unusual levels of moisture, helping to protect your home from potential water damage. Not only is water damage costly – flooding ruins carpet, furniture, electronics, etc. – it can also lead to mold.
Motion detectors are great for combating burglaries. There are many types of motion detectors to choose from to fit your home and your needs. Some basics include passive infrared, microwave and video motion detectors as well as dual technology motion sensors that combine different methods of monitoring.