6 Insights & Analytics Your Water Sensor Should Have
Water sensors detect water leakage, however, your water sensor should be more than a water leakage detector since this indicates that damage is already done.
The Flowie water sensor – which can easily be installed by strapping it on to your municipal water meter without tools – does more than just detecting leaks. It provides you with the following 6 insights and analytics directly to your tablet or smartphone using the Alert Labs app (Alert Labs being the manufacturer of Flowie water sensor):
1. Water Consumption
Unusual high-water consumption is a sign that you have a water leak at home. Using the Alert Labs app, you can view your water usage right down to the minute.
You can monitor your water consumption even if you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection at home as the Flowie water sensor works with a cellular network.
The Flowie water sensor knows your usual water consumption. When it detects an abnormality in the water consumption, the Flowie automatically alerts you via your mobile devices.
The Flowie provides peace of mind by alerting you when there is unusual water consumption. Through this alert, you can then check or ask someone to look for the source of the leak and fix it. These automatic alerts will help you catch water leaks while they’re still at an early stage, minimizing the possible damage.
The Flowie water sensor will also provide you with insights and analytics about the weather in your area. Weather is one of the biggest predictors of the likelihood of flooding or pipe freezing in your home.
In addition to the weather report, your Flowie water sensor also provides you with the actual temperature inside your home. Knowing the actual temperature inside your home is important as temperature is a good predictor of the likelihood of pipe freezing.
Many homeowners lower the heat when they leave the house. A lower temperature saves costs for space heating, but this could have negative repercussions; during cold spells, pipes could freeze or burst.
The Flowie’s insights and analytics will notify you of abnormal temperatures, for instance, extremely cold weather, allowing you to increase the temperature in the house to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.
4. Pipe Freezing
When water freezes, it expands. When water in a pipe is exposed to extreme cold conditions, it freezes and causes the pipe to burst.
Homes are generally built with pipes located inside the building in order to protect the pipes from the freezing weather, however if there are holes in the building, during extremely cold weather the pipes could freeze or burst.
According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), pipe freezing is one of the biggest risks of property damage when the temperature drops. It added that a frozen pipe can cause a pipe to burst and result in over $5,000 in water damage. 37% of frozen pipe failures happen in a basement, IBHS said.
Flowies alert you when your pipe freezes. A pipe freezing alert will warn you that pipe bursting is possible, giving you time to take action to prevent further damage to your home.
Here are some measures to prevent frozen pipe damage:
- Keep doors on cabinets under bathroom sinks and kitchen open during cold spells to allow warmer air to circulate around the pipes; and
- During cold spells, open faucets to keep water flowing through the pipes. Ice may still form in the pipes during cold spells but an open faucet enables water to get out before the pressure builds up to the point where a pipe can burst. If no more water comes out, this means that ice is blocking the pipe. Keep the faucet open still as this step relieves pressure inside the pipe.
5. Power Outage
The Flowie water sensor gives you alert on your mobile devices whenever there’s a power outage. A power outage notification during cold spells is particularly important. During power outages, your important home appliances like a heater will no longer function. Space heating is particularly important to prevent pipe freezing.
A power outage notification allows you the oppportunity to take measures to prevent pipe bursting.
The Flowie will also give you humidity insights and analytics. Humidity refers to the dampness or water vapor in the air.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor relative humidity should be kept below 60% – ideally between 30% and 50%, if possible. High levels of humidity can be a source or a contributing factor for mold growth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) people have different reactions to molds. CDC said “exposure to molds can lead to symptoms such as stuffy nose, wheezing, and red or itchy eyes, or skin.”
“Some people, such as those with allergies to molds or with asthma, may have more intense reactions. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath,” CDC added. “People with a weakened immune system, such as people receiving treatment for cancer, people who have had an organ or stem cell transplant, and people taking medicines that suppress the immune system, are more likely to get mold infections. Exposure to mold or dampness may also lead to development of asthma in some individuals.”
Unattended indoor flooding is also one cause of mold growth. The Flowie’s companion device, the Floodie sensor, alerts you whenever there is a small or big flooding in your home.
With your Flowie water sensor, Floodie sensor and the Alert Labs app, you’ll have access to insights and analytics regarding leaks, flooding, water consumption, weather, temperature, pipe freezing, power outage and humidity.
Learn moreand prevent a flood in your home today.
3 Cool Reasons to Try a Wireless Thermostat
The dog days of summer are some of the worst! With soaring temperatures and high humidity, staying indoors is often ideal. However, keeping your home cool when it is blistering outside can be hard.
Summer means that your home’s air conditioning unit is working hard and long hours. Keeping your home cool doesn’t have to break the bank! Enter smart living.
Smart living involves incorporating smart technology into your home. Technologies include:
- Wireless thermostat
- Smart appliances
- Smart furniture
This technology is on the up and up! In fact, by 2020, there will be 50 billion Internet-connected devices.
In your home, one of the simplest ways to incorporate smart living is by using a wireless thermostat. Gone are the days of having to be physically at your home to control the temperature!
Read on to learn about wireless thermostats and how they can benefit you.
What is a wireless thermostat?
A wireless thermostat is a device that automates the temperature of your home. These thermostats may also be called WiFi or smart thermostats.
These thermostats use sensors that control the HVAC system.
Standard thermostats have to be physically adjusted. However, a wireless thermostat can be adjusted from anywhere at anytime.
Image setting the temperature of your home while you are hundreds of miles away!
With a WiFi thermostat, you can adjust temperatures to:
- Your sleep schedule
- Your work schedule
- Your vacation days
- Outdoor temperatures
How smart thermometers work
In order for this thermostat to work, there must be an available Internet connection.
Using the Internet, the thermostat can remotely receive directions sent from a:
- Web app
You can remotely turn the system on or off, change the temperature and change the schedule.
Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry about leaving your AC running when you are away from your home?
With a smart thermostat, this is a worry of the past!
The ability to adjust your thermostat remotely offers a variety of benefits. Read on to learn how a WiFi thermostat can help save you money!
Top 5 benefits of using a wireless thermostat
The benefits of smart thermostats are endless. Here are 5 benefits that are sure to wow you.
1. Control your system from anywhere at anytime
With conventional thermostats, you can only control the system is you are at home. Once you leave for work or go on vacation, the system is inaccessible.
A smart thermostat allows you to control your system, no matter where you are! All you need is a WiFi connection and you’re back in control.
You can control your air conditioning unit from vacation, while at work, or while you’re outside.
Looking for a cool house after spending hours completing yard work? Want to control how often the system runs while you are away on vacation?
All of this is possible with a WiFi thermostat! You can control the system from a mobile phone, tablet or any connected device.
2. Money savings
Do you know just how expensive air conditioning can be? On average, we spend $22 billion each year to run air conditioning in our homes. The costs of keeping a home cool are pricey.
The good news? Having control over your thermostat means you have more control over your money!
We are all guilty of leaving the system running when we are away from home. But once you lock the door, you have no way to turn the system down.
But, with a smart thermostat, you will waste a lot less energy and a lot less money. You can turn off and adjust the system from anywhere. Vacation-mode: activated!
This level of control is a true money saver!
3. Monitor temperatures inside and out
Of course, a thermostat will monitor the temperature inside of your home. However, a WiFi thermostat also knows how hot or cold it is outside!
The ability to monitor outdoor conditions allows you to choose the best temperature for your home. The weather can be unpredictable. The temperature can drop 5 or more degrees in just a few hours.
The temperature outside impacts the ideal temperature of your home inside.
Ensuring your home remains at a comfortable temperature is a must. No one wants to walk into a home that is too hot or too cold!
4. Energy efficient
Going smart and going green typically go hand-in-hand! We can all do a little to decrease our electricity usage.
How many times have you left for the day and forgotten to turn off or adjust the temperature on the thermostat?
Running your air conditioner can be costly for you and for the environment. The ability to control your thermostat from anywhere means you can lessen the amount of electricity your home uses.
With smart thermostats, you can also set power consumption limits. When you near or reach the limit, you can receive an alert.
5. Energy usage reports
The truth is always in the numbers. Wireless thermostats are often able to provide you with monthly and yearly usage reports. These reports will show you:
- Energy usage
- Money saved
- Usage comparison to neighbors and average usage
- Ways to reduce energy usage
- An overall energy rank
These reports can lead to even more money savings!
As with any technology, there are limitations to be aware of. While smart thermostats are ideal for any home, knowing the limitations is ideal.
Read on to learn about potential WiFi thermostat limitations.
The ability for signals to be transmitted within your home depends on the walls. Block and metal walls can cause interference and reception problems. Ensure your home allows for proper signal transmission.
To avoid this issue, do not mount the thermostat on these walls. Also avoid placing the thermostat near other frequencies, such as a microwave.
Wireless thermostats have wires
One misconception about wireless thermostats is that they are entirely wireless.
These thermostats use the same wired connection as a standard thermostat. The difference is that a smart thermostat can be controlled using a wireless connection.
These thermostats also require batteries. Low or dead batteries can cause unpredictable impacts.
Be sure the thermostat is properly connected. Also, ensure the thermostat has fully charged and working batteries.
What to look for in a WiFi thermostat
The WiFi thermostat making is ever-growing. In fact, there are dozens of wireless thermostats on the market.
So how do you know which one to choose? Here are must-haves to look for before purchasing a smart thermostat.
The wireless thermostat you choose must be compatible with your existing HVAC system. Before purchasing and installing the thermostat, be sure it works with your system.
To determine compatibility, you’ll need to know the type of system your home is fitted with.
System types include:
- 1 Stage – Used when there are separate air conditioning and heating units
- 2 Stage – Heating and cooling units that have low and high speeds
- Direct line voltage – 110 or 240 direct current power; often found in older homes
- 24mV – Used with a wall, fireplace or floor furnace
- Zone heating – Heating and cooling that is controlled in various areas from the same HVAC system
The thermostat you purchase will indicate the type of system it is compatible with. Look before you buy!
The purpose of a WiFi thermostat is that you can control it remotely. Ensure the thermostat you choose allows you to control your home’s system from any mobile device.
The thermostat you choose should work on a variety of devices to include smartphones, tablets and laptops. The thermostat should also work no matter if you’re using an Android or iOS operating system.
Full mobile compatibility is a must!
Variety of features
Every wireless thermostat offers a set of features. Be sure the thermostat you choose allows you to:
- Set timers and schedules
- Adjust the temperature
- Turn the system on and off
- Set usage thresholds and alerts
These features will allow you to get the most out of your smart thermostat. Get the most bang for your buck with these features.
Easy to use
Controlling the WiFi thermostat shouldn’t be rocket science. Before purchasing, take a look at the control interface.
Is it easy to use? Are you able to navigate around the app?
Understanding how to control your smart thermostat is important. Don’t buy before checking out the app interface.
You’ll also want to determine how often the app is updated. App updates can impact how well you are able to control the system.
Make sure that the company provides routine updates to the app.
Smart technology is the way of the future
Looking to incorporate smart technology in your home? Want to know if automated solutions can save you money and reduce energy usage? Tired of spending hundreds of dollars to keep your home livable?
If so, Simply Smart Services is the company for you. We offer a variety of smart home automated solutions. Give yourself peace of mind with smart technology.
Contact us today to learn how we can improve your heating and cooling system.