Protecting Your Property

Your home is one of your biggest assets. Why not spend a little to protect it from certain disasters that are easily preventable. There are several SMART monitoring devices that can aid you in preventing huge disasters, and save you tens of thousands of dollars.

Water Sensor: This little sensor can be placed inside the sump pit or along the floor to detect water rising in the pit or water on a basement floor. An alert will be sent to your phone, tablet or computer via SMS or email. You will know instantly of any problems, and be able to address them immediately which will reduce your costs of fixing the issue.

Propane Sensor: Here is a great sensor! If your house or cottage or business is heated by propane, you never have to worry about running out of propane again. We all know that running out of heat in the middle of winter can cause our pipes to burst and create a huge mess to clean up, along with a massive renovation bill. Give yourself peace of mind with a monitoring device that will tell you exactly how much propane is left in your tanks, in real-time.

Thermostat: A SMART thermostat is a fantastic way to keep track of the heating and cooling of a building. Not only can you set it and forget it, but it can send you updates and comparisons of how much fuel you are using and how long the furnace or air conditioner is working to reach the desired temperature. It will also alert you to extreme temperature drops in the building, indicating a potential problem with the furnace.

These are three of our top products available for protecting your asset. The minimal cost is certainly worth any potential disaster that could arise from not monitoring your property. Add to the fact that you can check these devices on your phone, means you can be anywhere in the world and be protecting your home.

How a smart home can solve everyday problems…

 

A smart home can help ease your worries and provide you peace of mind. When life gets too busy to remember the mundane things like locking the front door, turning the lights off or adjusting the temperature, a smart home is there to help.

You’re rushing around in the morning, trying to get the kids organized and fed. You run out the door with just moments to spare. Driving to work the thought hits you – “did I lock the front door?” Don’t let these nagging thoughts ruin you day. Simply use a smart lock that allows you to lock your door remotely with a swipe on your smartphone.

In the morning’s mad rush, you may also be thinking of all the lights that were left on. With the smart switches placed in key high traffic areas, such as the kitchen or bathrooms, you can check to see if the lights are on, and then easily turn them off, saving on your electricity bill.

If you’re headed on vacation, or away for the weekend, you can keep track of what is happening at home with a self-monitored security system. Install a security camera that can be monitored from your mobile phone, window and door sensors, as well as motion sensors, all providing alerts directly to your smart device.

Also while you’re away, you’ll want to lower the temperature of your home, however you can also keep an eye on the temperature to make sure nothing happens to the furnace with the smart thermostat, preventing frozen pipes upon your return.

And how about those pipes? Wouldn’t it be great to catch a broken pipe or flood before too much damage occurs? Water sensors are a great addition in a home to provide peace of mind, especially when the sensor can turn off the main water intake.

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Record Rainfall and Flooding

With all the rain in the last month, approximately 138mm, there was a lot of flooding with lakes and rivers over flowing.  Our sump pumps around the lakes were working extra hard to keep our basements dry.

Our own sump pump had tipped over from the constant vibration of running so often.  Luckily we had installed the water sensor in the winter. We were on our way out of town, about 30 minutes from the house, when we received an alert on our smartphone telling us our sump pump alarm had been triggered.  We were fortunate enough that the pump had just tipped over, and was an easy fix.  No flooding occurred.

However, since we were on our way out for the weekend, if we had not had this sensor, we would have come home to a massive basement flood, that would have cost tens of thousands of dollars!

The best part…the water starter package is only $259.99 installed, or the water sensor is only $59.99 if you already have the hub.  A huge savings compared to what could have happened.  This little device certainly can provide peace of mind.

Geo-fencing: What, Why and How

The What

Geofencing is the use of GPS (Global Positioning Systems), Wi-Fi nodes and Bluetooth beacons to create virtual boundaries around a location. With our increase use of smartphones, we all have a built-in GPS/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth in our pockets.  As a result, geofencing is surfacing more and more in smart home control packages.

The Why

Why is geofencing so fascinating and catching on like wildfire in the smart home/home automation field?  Simply said, it makes our lives easier. The convenience of locking your doors, setting your security system, turning the lights off, adjusting your thermostat and closing your garage door just by leaving your driveway.  It’s that simple.  No more lights left on or thermostat set high all day while you are away, because you forgot to turn them off in your rush to leave the house.

It can also be used for returning to your home.  Once it has been detected that you have left work, your thermostat will engage to it’s setting.  As you round the corner towards home, your front lights turn on and your garage door opens.  Walking up to your front door, it unlocks, the security alarm is unarmed and the inside lights turn on.

The How

How does this translate to you, the business or home owner?  iHomeCtrl utilizes geofencing as part of their service package to enable the above examples. We will come to you, program various configurations dependant on your lifestyle, install the required products, which in the end will simplify your life, save energy and save you money.  That’s the iHomeCtrl advantage: Simplifying Smart Technology.

Smart Home Return on Investment

Smart home devices such as security cameras, locks, lights and thermostats are adding that WOW factor to homes, to help enhance a home’s appeal at sale time.  Real Estate agents in the United States are beginning to see homes with smart features sell significantly faster.  They are also seeing consumers appreciate these features and are, in fact, asking for homes with these features.

The top choices for creating a smart home are, locks and alarms, thermostats and fans, and lighting.  Approximately 60% of consumers would like their new home to have these features.  However, iHomeCtrl can add other features such as a pool/spa controller, garage door opener or automation of your sprinkler system.  We are equipped to assess your home and lifestyle and give recommendations on smart devices that will add convenience and savings to your day.

Home automation is a long-term investment, one you can reap the benefits of now, with potential energy savings of 15%, if all you change is your lighting and thermostat.  While you are saving money, the added value of a smart home will continue to improve your property value when the time comes to sell.