As the leaves change colors, so do certain home security needs. Each season presents its own unique security considerations to keep top of mind. Here are three items of concerns that need extra attention in the fall months:
1. The Heating System
As summer’s warm weather fades, you may find yourself reaching for the thermostat for the first time in months. However, did you know that turning on the heat for the first time each season comes with increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning? According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, heating systems are associated with some of the highest percentages of fatal, non-fire carbon monoxide poisonings.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas—making it impossible to detect without a designated carbon monoxide monitor. Best home security systems are outfitted with such monitors. Ensure your home is properly equipped.
Utility cost is another concern when using the home’s heating system. Whether gas or oil, heating a home can be expensive. Use available technology to cut costs this season by investing in an energy management system.
With an energy management system, you can:
- Create custom schedules for thermostat activities
- Remotely adjust your thermostat, or set it to automatically adjust when you leave or return home
- Get real-time alerts when thermostat settings have changed
2. Risks of Longer Nights
While you may dread the shorter days and longer nights that are upon us, thieves celebrate. Longer nights provide greater opportunity for an intruder to commit a crime unseen. Make your home unattractive to these intruders:
- Install outdoor lighting.
- Utilize a home management system to schedule light timers, creating the illusion of being home even when you are not.
- Implement an outdoor video surveillance solution.
3. Landscaping Needs
Planted flowers are past their prime and leaves are falling. Autumn creates unique landscaping needs for homeowners. An unkempt exterior can create unnecessary safety concerns. To keep your yard and home’s exterior safe:
- Regularly clean gutters. Gutters move water from the roof away from the home, preventing flooding and water damage. Excessive buildup of fallen leaves and debris can cause this system to fail and expose your home to potential damage.
- Trim dead branches. Besides being rather unsightly, dead branches can cause a safety risk, as they can fall on you, your car or home.
- Keep pathways clear. Branches, leaves and other debris can find their way onto your property. Discard of these items as they appear on pathways to prevent tripping hazards.
What do you do to keep your home safe and secure during autumn? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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