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Here is How NEST Thermostat Can Keep Your Home Safe

Are you one of those people who worry if you’ve set the thermostat correctly before you leave?

Every NEST thermostat comes with a safety temperature. This safety temperature feature of NEST thermostat prevents your home from extreme temperatures by automatically turning on cooling or heating when the set temperature limits are reached.

Here are 5 ways NEST thermostat can keep your home safe:

1. NEST thermostat ensures that your water pipes don’t burst due to freezing.

Pipe bursting due to freezing is a serious problem. When pipes are exposed to freezing temperature, the water inside the pipes freezes and ice starts to form inside the surface of the pipes.Studies have shown that pipe bursting happens when these two conditions occur:

a) Freezing temperature forms ice blockages in water pipes; and

b) Further ice growth applies dangerously high pressures to a confined water volume.

According to the, winter storms which cause pipe freezing account for almost 22% of all homeowners insurance claims in 2013 in the U.S., resulting to $1.9 billion in insured losses and making it as the third largest cause of catastrophe losses, behind only to hurricanes and tornadoes.

Money isn’t the only issue in fixing pipes that burst due to freezing. Fixing pipes during winter are often conducted under difficult working conditions and in an atmosphere of urgency. Pipe bursting as a result of pipe freezing can cause serious flooding and structural damage to your home. Molds also start to grow within 24 hours after the pipe bursting, adding damage to your home.

If the room temperature dips below the set safety temperature, your NEST thermostat will automatically start heating. You’ll get a notification via your phone or tablet in case the room temperature drops and another notification once the temperature returns to normal level.

Notifications about crucial drop of temperature depend on your internet and Wi-Fi connection at home. If your Wi-Fi connection is turned off at the time the temperature drops below the set safety temperature, you won’t be able to receive notifications. Even if your Wi-Fi network is turned off, your NEST thermostat will continue to maintain the set safety temperature.

2. NEST thermostat protects your home and your family from excessive heat.

While Canada is considered as the winter capital of the world, summer here can be very hot. Prolong exposure to extreme heat can lead to serious medical conditions like heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke.

“Heat waves can be thought of as ‘silent’ killers because they are not visible like floods, hurricanes, and other weather-related health hazards, and because intense heat can produce effects on vulnerable people quickly and unexpectedly,” the Canadian Environmental Health Atlas said.

Every year, nearly 120 heat-related deaths occur in Toronto, 41 in Ottawa and 121 in Montreal according to the Canadian Environmental Health Atlas.

Those most vulnerable to overheating are the elderly and small children who are likely to stay inside their homes during the day – the time when the heat is most intense. Because of the vulnerability of these age groups, homes have become a focus for concern for overheating. Homes that are built to prevent heat loss during winter – with improved insulation and airtight construction – may unintentionally increase overheating during the summer months, making the people inside these homes vulnerable.

If you’ve got a NEST thermostat at home, in case the temperature goes above the set safety temperature, this smart technology will automatically start cooling. If you’ve Wi-Fi connection, you’ll be able to receive notifications whenever overheating occurs at your home and each time the temperature returns to normal. Your thermostat will automatically normalize your home temperature even if your Wi-Fi network is offline.

3. NEST thermostat can protect your second home, if you have one, from pipe freezing and bursting.

Even if no one is occupying your second home, you can sleep tight knowing that your other property is protected from pipe freezing and bursting.

4. NEST thermostat and “NEST Protect” can protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide exposure at low concentrations can result in fatigue in healthy individuals. At higher concentrations, carbon monoxide can result in impaired coordination and vision, dizziness, heardaches, nausea and confusion. At very high concentrations, carbon monoxide can be fatal. Sources of carbon monoxide include hot water heaters, cars, fireplaces and wood stoves.

“Carbon monoxide is often called the ‘silent killer’ – its victims cannot see it, smell it or taste it,” the Canada Safety Council said. “It is an invisible, odorless gas that can poison, and even kill you.”

In Ontario alone, the Canada Safety Council said, that from 2001 to 2007, there have been 74 accidental deaths as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

In case there’s a carbon monoxide exposure at your home, your NEST Protect – with its industrial-grade carbon monoxide and smoke sensor – can automatically tell your NEST thermostat to turn off the heating system as a precaution.

5. NEST thermostat and “NEST Protect” can protect your family and home from fire.

Time is of the essence in fire prevention. According to Underwriters Laboratories, in the 1970s, it would take about 30 minutes for a fire to engulf a room; today it takes only less than 5 minutes.

In the same manner that both NEST Protect and NEST thermostat protect your home and family from carbon monoxide exposure, these two NEST products will also protect your family from fire. In the event that your NEST Protect detects smoke at your home, it will automatically communicate with your NEST thermostat to turn off your heating or cooling system.

Pipe freezing, excessive heat, carbon monoxide poisoning and fire could damage your home and could cost the lives of your loved ones. But these unfortunate incidents can be prevented.

Your NEST thermostat can prevent pipe freezing and excessive heat. And together with NEST Protect, your NEST thermostat can protect your home and loved ones from carbon monoxide poisoning and fire. These smart home solutions will give you peace of mind every time you leave.