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How Wi-Fi Detectors Can Catch Water Leaks and Freezes

How Wi-Fi Detectors Can Catch Water Leaks and FreezesWi-Fi detectors offer high-tech protection against a low-tech threat: water leaks and frozen pipes. A large portion of your household plumbing is typically routed through inconspicuous areas that don’t get much attention. If a leak occurs in a water supply line, major water damage can occur before the incident is noticed.

A cracked 1/2-inch supply line can release up to 50 gallons per minute, a flood which quickly migrates far and wide inside the house. Extreme damage to structure and valuable possessions continues until someone sees the problem and shuts off the main water shutoff valve. If you happen to be out of the house for the day — or worse, out of town for several days — when a pipe leaks or freezes and ruptures, the results could be catastrophic.

Water damage from plumbing leaks and frozen pipes is the second most common cause of homeowner’s insurance claims. Connected to your existing home router or wireless network, here’s how Wi-Fi detectors protect your house and possessions from severe water damage:

Leak Detection

Installed in areas where unseen water leaks are most likely to occur — basement, crawl space, laundry room, etc — a Wi-Fi detector senses the presence of leaked water. The wireless alert can trigger an audible alarm. The device can also send you a text or email wherever you may be to warn you of the hazard occurring at home. Some of the more sophisticated systems can even shut off the main household water valve if a leak is detected.

Freeze Protection

Ice forming inside a water supply line causes extreme pressure that can rupture the pipe. Exposed water lines in unheated zones of the house such as the crawl space are particularly vulnerable. A Wi-Fi freeze protection system features battery-powered wraparound sensors that can be installed on exposed supply lines in critical areas. When the pipe temperature drops below freezing, an alert is transmitted wirelessly and can sound an alarm as well as send you a text or email to inform you of the danger.

For more about protection against water damage provided by Wi-Fi detectors, contact Roth Heating & Cooling. Serving the West Linn area for over 40 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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The Benefits of a Wi-Fi Thermostat in Your Home

The Benefits of a Wi-Fi Thermostat in Your HomeEven in the mild Portland-area climate, it can be hard to maintain indoor temperatures that are both comfortable and energy efficient. A Wi-Fi thermostat helps you do this even when you’re not at home.

The Wi-Fi Thermostat Difference

A programmable thermostat allows you to select different temperatures for different time periods during the day. Once programmed, the thermostat automatically keeps your home at your preferred temperatures. This lets you run your system at the most efficient temperatures without the hassle of constantly fussing with the thermostat.

The downside is that you can change the thermostat temperatures only when you’re at home. If anything changes while you’re out, you have no way to adjust the thermostat in response. A Wi-Fi thermostat is synced with your home’s Wi-Fi router, allowing it to connect to the Internet. This lets you adjust the thermostat from anywhere through a computer or an app on your smartphone.

What a Wi-Fi Thermostat Can Do for You

Convenient monitoring — Your thermostat will send an alert to your smartphone if your home’s temperature rises or falls outside your selected range or if the system shuts off unexpectedly. This way you’ll be able to keep your home’s temperatures under control to avoid energy waste.

Comfort you can count on — If your plans change while you’re away from home, you can easily adjust your thermostat temperature as necessary from your office or anywhere else. When you find out you’ll be getting home earlier than expected, you can select a temperature that will ensure your home is comfortable when you get in. End up staying out late? Select a more energy-efficient temperature for that time.

Carefree travel — During your vacations and weekends away, you can rest assured your thermostat will let you know if a problems arises. If the weather changes suddenly, you can adjust your thermostat settings as necessary to protect your home from damage.

If you want to enjoy a thermostat like this in your home, get in touch with us at Roth Heating & Cooling in the Portland area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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