Four Fall Home Security Maintenance Tips
October 10th, 2019
Fall is in the air in Billings. Pumpkin spice is everywhere, leaves are falling and the nights are getting shorter. With adequate precautions and using some common sense, your family can enjoy the crisp, autumn weather while avoiding the dangers that come with the season. Here are some tips to be mindful of as summer turns to fall.
Inspect And Automate Your Heating System
You may be switching the thermostat from cool to heat. However, be careful when you turn on the heat after several months there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is impossible to detect without a carbon monoxide detector. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that the highest percentage of fatal carbon monoxide poisonings that are not fire-related come from heating systems. As we go into fall and then winter, heating costs can be expensive. Consider adding an energy management system to your security. This will cut costs by:
- Allowing you to create a custom schedule.
- Your thermostat can be adjusted remotely, so you come home from work to a nice toasty home.
- You get real-time alerts on your smart device if someone alters the thermostat.
Adjust For Longer Nights
Most of us do not enjoy the thought of the days getting shorter but burglars love this time of year. It allows them more time to case the different homes for potential burglaries because they have the cover of darkness. Deter them by with the following options:
- Install outdoor lighting
- Use a home management system to schedule timers on lights giving the impression that someone is home.
- Install outdoor cameras that have night vision features
Fix Any Landscaping Issues
Maintaining your yard is necessary for your home’s safety and yours. Here are some steps that should be taken:
- Clean gutters regularly as the excess build-up of falling leaves prevents water from draining to the ground leaving your home exposed to water damage.
- Trim all dead tree branches and bushes. Branches can obstruct the views of your cameras. Bushes, especially those near the windows are perfect hiding places for burglars. Branches can also be a safety hazard.
- Keep your pathways clear to prevent falling or tripping hazards and demonstrate the home is occupied.
Be Aware Of Solicitors
We all know this is the season of school children selling and fundraisers, but it is also a time when solicitors tend to be more active. With most door to door, salespeople are there is no background check. In most cases the utility company person is legitimate, but it is also possible it’s a ploy to get into your home for a future robbery. You may want to consider incorporating a smart doorbell so they know they are being filmed and you do not even have to open the door.
With some precautions and safety, your family can enjoy this lovely season. Consult with the experts in home security at DIS Technologies. In business in Billings since 1964 and with over a thousand happy customers, our emphasis on customer service and the latest in innovative technology we can help keep your home and family safe and secure.