Although the official start of winter is still a few weeks away, most of us across the country have already started experiencing freezing temperatures and colder than average weather. Now is the perfect time, if you haven’t already, to start thinking about how to keep your home protected from winter weather that can cause problems like burst pipes in your home.
Did you know that frozen pipe-related failures can result in up to $10,000 per incident? Keeping your home plumbing protected using smart home products is just one way to help mitigate damage to your home.
Here are a few Z-Wave devices you can use to help keep your home plumbing safe and pipes free from damage.
Start with a smart thermostat
As temperatures drop, the risk of your pipes bursting increases. As a first step, install a smart thermostat that allows you to easily turn the temperature up or down in your home.
The Z-Wave site includes lots of different options, including those best suited for electric baseboards or gas heating.
Browse all smart thermostats here.
Then install water control devices
A smart water main shut-off or control valve allows you to easily manage your water systems in the home from anywhere – via your smart home hub’s app. For example, if you’re away from home and see that temperatures are dropping below freezing, you can easily control water flow to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially causing significant water damage to your home.
The Dome Z-Wave Water Main Shut Off is a popular option that also senses water leaks and turns off the water main automatically, so even if you aren’t looking at your phone you can rest assured that your smart home is watching out for you.
Browse all water management devices here.
Grab a few smart sensors to add extra protection
Smart control valves or automatic shut-off can be a main line of defense against winter water damage, but you should also consider adding smart water or temperature sensors to reinforce areas prone to flooding like laundry rooms, bathrooms or utility closets. These sensors, like the FIBARO Z-Wave Flood Sensor, alert you to sudden temperature changes or moisture, allowing you to take action immediately. And if you have a smart water shut off, you can quickly turn off your water source, mitigating any damage. Together all of these devices work to protect your home and keep you informed from wherever you are.
Browse all smart sensors here.
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