As more complex machine learning algorithms emerge, smart home technologies keep getting better and better. Damaging thunderstorms, snowstorms and hurricanes are all difficult to avoid, but with the help of smart home technology, preparing in advance just became a lot easier. Take a look at these intuitive solutions designed to help you take control of your home before floods, leaks, bursting pipes and more become a more expensive issue.
There are a few different smart sensors on the market that can monitor the state of your home. Depending on what kind of storm you need to prepare for, these sensors will monitor water levels, check temperatures and even tell you the quality of the air in your living room. These sensors are perfect for vacation homes, or for those who travel out of town a lot because it can alert you to problems even when no one is at the residence. If your home is susceptible to floods, bursting pipes or other damaging events, consider investing in one of the following smart devices that may help limit the extent of damage.
• Smart Sump Pump (with a Smart Flooding Sensor)
o A smart device can be attached to your sump pump to tell you the quality of your sump pump and whether there are any problems with it. Pair your smart sump pump with a flooding sensor, and you can command it to tell you whether the water has reached a certain level.
• Smart Temperature Systems
o A smart thermostat becomes incredibly useful for storm preparations when you need it to monitor extreme temperature changes in the winter. One useful example is commanding a smart thermostat to monitor pipe conditions when a cold front is coming in. Once notified, you can get the pipe heater started before damage occurs due to low temperatures.
• Smart Air Quality Monitor
o If you have asthma or are particularly sensitive to pollen, investing in a smart air quality monitor can help you understand what areas of your house need air purification so you can breathe easy.
• Smart Window Sensor
o Are your windows closed? Did you leave the skylight open before going to work? Use a smart window sensor to confirm it before that storm comes blowing through the neighborhood.
If smart sensors aren’t an option for your home or you already have them installed, another way you can take action to prepare for an incoming storm is by tuning a smart device into a nearby weather station. There are commercially available “smart hubs” that will notify you of incoming severe weather by linking to popular weather applications. However, if you already own an Alexa or Google Home, they can notify you of incoming severe weather when asked to as well. Just be sure you have a generator or battery backup system, both for the device and your home internet service.
If smart hubs aren’t your thing, simply downloading a severe weather application on your phone or tablet takes seconds. You can set your personal device or native voice assistant (such as Google Assistant) to send you a notification when severe weather is imminent. This is the easiest option as well as the most inexpensive, and you can control the app permissions locally on your personal device.
Now that you know about these smart home technologies, preparing for the next storm will be a cinch. If you read this because your home does suffer from frequent flooding with storms, check out these insights from Home Inspector Cody McCandless in the video below.