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You may still have air conditioners in the windows yet you’re in the mindset to prepare for the cold weather or may even be heading out for a foliage trip or to pick apples.

So just like preparing for the cold weather yourself or heading out for a leaf peeping trip, your security system is ready for a new season of activities as well.

Today’s blog will highlight six areas to tackle now that the chill is in the air and the colder weather and storms are on the way.

 

1. Turn your zones back on.  If you still have your air conditioners in, or if you have recently removed them, please remember to have your security company turn on the corresponding zones on your security panel that would have been disabled when you inserted the units.  If you didn’t turn off the zones, but instead affixed a magnet to the contact, remember to remove the magnet.

2. Make sure your panel battery is strong.  Since winter storm season is on the horizon, we’ll ultimately be losing power from time to time in coming months.  Due to this, you’ll want to make sure that your security panel battery can handle some down time.  If you haven’t changed your panel’s battery in a couple years, it may be time to do so.

3. Change your detector batteries.  Even though you may hear this admonition often, it can’t be overstated—it can literally be a lifesaver.  Please change the batteries in your smoke and heat detectors, and your carbon monoxide detectors, when you change time on the clocks each season.

4. Monitor your boiler.  Contacts and relays can be used on your boiler to monitor it so that if it were to shut down, it would trip an alarm and you would be notified, so your house won’t go unheated for any length of time.

5. Prevent pipes from freezing.  As we get deeper into the cold season, freezing pipes become a bigger and bigger issue.  You can look into temperature monitors for rooms such as laundry rooms, to ensure that the temperature doesn’t get too low and pipes don’t freeze.

6. Water sensors prevent floods.  If they were to start to leak, or if your cellar were to start to flood, you’d want water sensors to warn you immediately before flooding were to occur.

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