DIY home automation is a lot more than what most people think it is. It’s not just getting your emails sent from your computer to your cell phone at work. Nor is it just having an escalator take you down the stairs and a robot greet you with your breakfast in the morning. Home automation refers to something that can actually simplify your life and save you a lot of money.
The Real Face of Home Automation
A simple but indispensable form of home automation is alarm systems for fires and carbon monoxide leaks. This is a form of automation because your house is essentially telling you if there is a problem that is putting you, your family, or your property in danger.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, some 17,500 Americans are injured in fires every year. Another 3,400 die annually from fires. Tragically, this is often a preventable accident—alarm systems can help to make sure that fire extinguishers can be used on small fires and the fire department can be called quickly if something less manageable is going on. Most importantly, fire alarms can possibly give you and your family an opportunity to leave the house before you get trapped in by a fire. Smoke alarms are small and affordable—especially given the gravity of the eventualities they are designed to avert. Wireless smoke alarms can be purchased online or at most home improvement stores. They are easy to install throughout the house and should be checked regularly thereafter to ensure that they are still working.
Carbon monoxide is another deadly threat to you and to your family as a modern homeowner. Carbon monoxide gas is toxic to humans. It is odorless, tasteless, and invisible; but it can do things to your blood that are unpleasant to read about. We won’t get into it, but needless to say, it can kill you. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control; it responsible for at least 400 American deaths each year, 20,000 emergency room visits each year, and 4,000 hospitalizations each year. It is a serious thing. Carbon monoxide gas can get into your house from any number of sources—it is a byproduct of the combustion of organic fuels. So water heaters, wood-burning fireplaces, motor vehicles, and power generators are a few examples of things in many homes that can release toxic amounts of carbon monoxide if they are faulty in some way. A carbon monoxide detector is a simple and easy way to protect yourself, your family, and your little furry friends from succumbing to the invisible threat of CO poisoning. Like smoke alarms, CO detectors can be found at many home improvement stores or on the internet. They should be installed in areas where CO leaks might occur and checked regularly to ensure that they are still powered and functioning properly.
Being the subject of such catastrophic statistics, fire and CO form serious threats to your well-being and should not be ignored. Many tragic accidents have been averted by the use of alarm systems. DIY options are cheap and easy to install in your home. However, since fires or CO leaks can occur while you are out of the home and there is always the possibility that you might miss an alarm because you have headphones on or are in the shower or something similarly noisy, it is always safest to use a home protection service. Home protection services professionally monitor all of your alarms 24/7 and can alert you and the authorities as needed whenever any alarm goes off that signals a potential disaster in your home. Don’t worry, they won’t call the police immediately if you overcook the lasagna—they will call you first and if you don’t respond, they will send over the authorities to make sure you are ok. Your life is well worth the cost. For more information about home alarm systems, call 866-565-4305 to talk with a professional.