The typical vacation home has a difficult life? neglected and ignored for much of the year (or several years) with short, unpredictable bursts of demands it isn’t prepared for. Yet surprisingly homeowners are surprised when they come across leaking ceilings, mold, overgrown shrubs, leaking pipes, dry rot, termite infestations or even the occasional charred remains of what used to be their second home.
Sure, it’s not easy preventing or even detecting any of the above. With a remote temperature monitoring system that keeps you informed of any temperature changes however, there are many things that you can prevent or at least detect. These systems can regularly transmit ambient temperatures over the internet, and can also alert you by email, phone or text message if temperatures go above or fall below particular points. A remote temperature sensor is most useful for vacations homes in very hot and very cold climates, though they can still find uses for conditions in between.
In hot areas, especially those that are dry and surrounded by trees or vegetation that are susceptible to forest fires, a remote temperature sensor might not be able to save your vacation home from being incinerated to carbon compounds, but it should at the very least be able to send you an alert before its own inevitable demise. Even better, you might just be able to save the property if you have installed remote-enabled water sprinklers and the fire is a small localized one. If the property is not too remote and you manage to notice abnormally increasing temperatures early on, you might even be able to quickly go and retrieve some valuables and/or alert fire authorities. temperature sensor
If you have ever lived in extremely cold climates, you will know that frozen, bursting water pipes can be a big problem. If your vacation home is located in an area that occasionally or constantly goes far below freezing temperatures, remotely monitoring ambient temperatures is a must to detect temperature conditions that might cause frozen (and most probably bursting) water pipes. If the temperature falls below a certain threshold you can visit the property to slightly turn on the tap to ensure a constant flow of water.
Even for vacation homes that are in temperate climates, a remote temperature monitor can be used to ensure that proper operation of refrigerators or freezers that might be used to store food long-term. And of course, fires most definitely also occur in temperate climates. In addition, many temperature sensors also measure humidity, which is useful for checking on the health of wooden properties.
A remote temperature monitoring system is an essential maintenance tool for your second home (whether its in a hot, cold or temperate climate) that could potentially save you anywhere from thousands of dollars to the cost of the entire property and its contents by alerting you to potential or impending disasters like fires, leaking pipes and broken refrigeration systems. Protecting your investment with such a simple and relatively low-cost tool is an overwhelmingly common-sense thing to do.