Winterizing Your Home with the Right Home Security Company

Uploaded by SecureYourHome on 17.11.2009

Winter is coming up everyone and there are steps you can take to make sure your home
is safe and protected. Included among those are using monitored sensors for flood and
freezing that can make you have that peace of mind that you need when the temperature
gets BRRR really low. Alright Peter today with winter coming up
we’re going to talk a little but about Freeze Sensors. Tell us a little bit about what consumers
need to know. Freeze Sensors are extremely important Greg. They’re an important way
for a customer to make sure their furnace is working and that they’re not at risk
of having their pipes burst and have flooding in their home.
Alright so tell us a little bit about how they work. They work just like one of our
Heat Sensors. For instance one of our Heat Sensor trips when the heat reaches a certain
point in the house and it lets you know. The Freeze Sensor works the other way. It’s
mounted in a place that we’ll talk about, and all it does it let you know when the temperature
reaches 41 degrees well before it actually gets down to freezing. Right, so if it got
close to freezing and the pipes froze obviously that’s bad news for your home. Very bad
news and in fact first and foremost the idea of flooding in the home is the reason why
people really want to avoid this. If your pipes burst in your home what can
happen? Well it can be pretty ugly. What happens is as water freezes it expands. That can actually
crack the pipes and as the water is frozen it’s not going anywhere until it thaws.
Once it thaws, for instance in a vacation home, that might not be until the spring;
you won’t even know that you’ve had a burst pipe condition and the flooding could
mean replacing your furnace and some other very significant damage. Right and that gets
expensive fast. It does. So I guess in conjunction with Freeze Sensors,
it’d be smart to invest in Flood Sensors. Absolutely, and Flood Sensors such as this
will actually monitor water conditions in the home. A lot of people use these in basements,
for instance where there pump is, but it’s not just about intrusion. We really only scratched
the surface when we’re looking at the alarm portion of the system.
Alright so getting back to the Freeze Sensors, tell us where do you put those in your house?
You’d want to put them anywhere that is susceptible to cold air entering and freezing
the pipes. So traditionally, this could be attics, crawl spaces, basements. You have
to think about when cold weather happens, is it in fact going to be entering through
walls? How’s your house insulated? That sort of thing. As far as mounting, it is remarkably
easy. Just like all of our other sensors that are equipped with adhesive, peel and stick,
you peel the backing off, place these right near the pipes, and it take about 5 seconds
to put one in. Tell me about the monitoring piece, how does
that work? Very important part of it and the beauty especially with our interactive monitoring
is that you can be notified by text or email any time there is this pending freezing situation
and in fact we have another story with one of our customers. He had one of our Freeze
Sensors that he dropped and he thought it might have been broken so he asked us to send
him a new one, which we were going to, and we in fact did, but while it was in the mail
back to us, it actually indicated to him from his mail box that the temperature had reached
41 degrees. So it was working in that mail box? Absolutely, these guys are tough to defeat.
Okay so last question. Is there any other tip for home owners as they get ready for
winter? Well sure, just check all the traditional stuff; doors, windows, weather stripping,
might even think about in some of those vacation homes the possibility of draining your home,
roofs, and gutters. Alright so it sounds like add some Monitor
Freeze and Water Sensors and you might be in great shape as the winter comes up. That’s
right. Thank you everyone for joining us for the FrontPoint Podcast Series. We’ll see
you next time.