January 13, 2016
Environmental Protection for the Winter
Winter weather can be boisterous, and that's putting it gently. There's a spike in the number of environmental emergencies during this time: hurricanes, floods, thunderstorms and more. Events like these can spring out of nowhere, so they can be difficult to prepare for. How can you make sure you’re ready?
Besides intrusion detection, the Frontpoint system can also be used to detect environmental threats – before serious damage can occur. And there’s no tacked-on monthly fee for environmental protection; all you need is the right environmental sensor for you and you're ready to roll. Here are the different types of sensors that can alert you to whatever Mother Nature has to throw at you.
Smoke and Heat Sensor
You might be thinking, what's the point of another smoke sensor when my home already came with one? It’s a fair question, and the answer is that the Frontpoint Smoke and Heat Sensor is a bit more robust than the built-in smoke detector that comes with many homes.
Our sensor has heat detection, meaning it can sense when a room is getting too hot, too fast, even if there's no smoke. If there is smoke, the sensor can detect smoke particles using photoelectronics.
Another major difference is that the Smoke and Heat Sensor is monitored, so there’s someone always making sure things are okay. If there’s a problem, both you and the authorities will be alerted. This isn't the case with built-in smoke detectors, as you have to be home in order to hear the detector.
Water and Flood Sensor
Environmental emergencies can occur inside of homes also – a burst pipe or a faulty washing machine can be just as damaging as a flood or tropical storm. A minor flood with several inches of water could cost at least $10,000 to repair.
A Water and Flood Sensor can help you prevent a small leak from turning into a big leak, by detecting water instantly. You can turn off the water source before it causes serious damage. It can also sound the alarm should you be caught unaware by flooding – like when you’re sleeping during a heavy rainstorm.
Carbon Monoxide Sensor
Carbon monoxide is another environmental threat, one that can be deadly. Toxic amounts of carbon monoxide can be produced by faulty devices found in your home, like a stove.
A Carbon Monoxide Sensor helps to prevent the worst from happening by detecting this odorless gas. When even a trace amount is detected, it’ll alert you so you can get out of harm’s way.
You can learn more about Frontpoint's environmental sensors here.