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Home Automation While On Vacation

by Amy July 11, 2017

With home automation, you can do most anything in your house with the press of a button. You can turn lights on and off with your phone or adjust the thermometer without getting up. But what happens when you go on vacation? Do you turn your home automation off? Of course not! Even if you’re a thousand miles away you can use home automation to check on your house, have a little peace of mind, and keep things running smoothly. Here are some other ways home automation can make things a little easier even on vacation.

  1. Adjust your smart thermostat to save money and energy. With your MyHome App you can set a low energy schedule before you leave. Forgot to change the temperature in your home and already on the road? Use your smart phone to adjust the thermostat as you see fit!
  2. Adjust your lighting schedule to make it look like someone is home while you’re away. This is a great way to deter burglars from attempting to enter your property. It’s recommended to use various schedules as if normal activity is taking place as the same lights turning on at the same time every night might tip a burglar off as well.
  3. You can use smart sockets to the same effect. Turn appliances on and off at different times to give the appearance that people are watching TV or listening to music. Smart sockets also save energy as unnecessary appliances aren’t left to run.
  4. Set up cameras to record if any motion sensors are triggered. These can be set up to alert your phone so you’ll always know what’s happening in your home.
  5. Give your friend or neighbor a unique code to your Smart Lock or a unique code to arm and disarm the system, if they already have a key, so they can place your mail inside and water your plants while you’re away. If they forget their key, you can unlock the door for them from your phone. You can do the same for your pet sitter and even use your cameras to check in on your furry friends from time to time.
  6. Perhaps you live with an elderly loved one. Set notifications to be alerted if no movement is detected for a period of time.  You can also use your cameras to check in on them, receive alerts if there is an emergency, and even let medical aids in and out with your Lock/Unlock feature.
  7. Set alerts if windows are open for a period and are not closed. That way, if your house sitter forgets to close a window before leaving you will be notified and can remind them to do so.
  8. Set up a notification when someone rings your doorbell so you’ll know who comes by while you’re vacationing. With one of our advanced doorbells, you’ll not only know who it is but also be able to communicate with them from your phone.
  9. Check on your teen, young adult, or other family member who chose to stay behind. It’s the perfect way to make sure they aren’t throwing any parties.
  10. On your way home from your vacation, set your smart thermostat to your desired temperature so that the house is perfect when you arrive. When you arrive home, you can get a quick start on unpacking by using our location services features to open your garage and unlock your doors once you’re close to your house.

With home automation from My Alarm Center you can customize your system to best suit your needs. Let us know how you use home automation when you’re on vacation.

The Importance of Flood Alarms and Flood Monitoring

by Cassie September 21, 2016

Flood alarms and flood monitoring are essential to preventing damage when a disaster arises. Statistics show that 850 water main breaks are reported every day in the United States. It is estimated that the average costs of repairing flood damage is about $15,000 for homeowners. These damages are not only a nuisance, but very costly. It only takes 24 hours for mold to develop in water-damaged areas, so it is essential to repair damages as quickly as possible. With My Alarm Center, you receive real-time flood alerts via text message or phone call the minute a flood is detected, so you can quickly cease the flow of water.

What causes Floods? Floods are caused by many different incidents including natural disasters as well as manmade causes. Natural disasters include mudflows, flash floods, and heavy rains. Most manmade floods occur with a pipe bursting, plumbing problems, or when a malfunctioning water heater is present. 70% of floods are actually due to water heaters bursting or leaking.

How Flood Monitoring Works:
1. Water sensors are installed near appliances such as your hot water heater and washing machine.
2. When overflowing water is detected, a flood alarm signal is sent to the home alarm panel.
3. When water is detected on the alarm panel, an alert will notify you via call or text.
4. Alarm systems with Flood Avert feature an additional piece of equipment designed to cut off the water source at the onset of damages.

How to Prepare for a Flood:
Manmade: It is always a good idea to have flood insurance, but ensuring that all of the pipes, water heaters, plumbing, and foundation are working properly on a regular basis is the best prevention technique.

Natural Disaster: Attempting to seal the perimeter of your home with waterproof materials could save your home from damage. It is also a good idea to create an emergency plan for valuables and your family’s safety.

Want to estimate the potential cost of flood damage at your property? Goosehead Insurance offers a “Cost of Flooding” calculator based on your home size and flood conditions.

It is important to protect your home before a flood or disaster occurs. The best way to protect your home from damage is with a flood monitoring system installed in order to always ensure you are aware as soon as the flooding starts. My Alarm Center is here to help homeowners across the country, from Philadelphia to Seattle. Contact us today for information on flood alarms and flood monitoring protection.

Sources: https://myalarmcenter.com/support/guides/flood-water-damage

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