Winter Freeze Tips

With these frigid low temperatures, it’s never too late to prepare for inclement weather.  Below are some tips and reminders on how to protect you and your home from this winter season.

1. Have a plan in place for child care arrangements and ensure your older children have a way to enter your home in the event school is dismissed early. Automatic locks are an easy way to allow access and key fobs make it simple to arm/disarm your security system.

2.  Install a low temperature system to protect your home/business from freezing.  When your heating source stops working, your house is at risk to freezing temperatures.  A low temperature system will allow Mahoney Alarms to notify you when your house/business drops to a certain temperature, resulting in immediate action for you to repair the heat source.

3. Do you travel for work and want comfort knowing your loved ones are home safe? You can easily upgrade your home alarm system little by little to fit your lifestyle. Add cameras, glass break detectors, window/door contacts, Z-wave devices, outdoor lighting schedules, and more! Make sure to turn on push notifications within your Virtual Keypad app to receive important activity alerts.

4. Using your Virtual Keypad app to set your thermostats on a schedule, can keep your home comfortable and help save you money. Simply create a favorite for the desired temperature, then assign that favorite to a schedule.

5. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the safety of pathway lighting for your home? Well, with the Virtual Keypad you can create a custom action that automatically turns on Z-Wave lighting devices when a selected motion detector is tripped. You select when the action will happen and how long the lights will remain on.

6. Have your furnace inspected and serviced by a qualified professional at least once a year.  Have your chimneys and vents cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional at least once a year.  (Not cleaning your chimney is the leading cause of chimney fires from built up creosote.)

7. Make sure your portable space heaters have an automatic shut-off?  Portable space heaters should be plugged directly into an outlet(not an extension cord) and placed at least three feet from anything that can burn; like bedding, paper, walls, and even people. (Place notes throughout your home to remind you to turn off portable heaters when you leave a room or go to bed.)

8. Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms to make sure they are working. (You need smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside each sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area.  Carbon monoxide alarms should be located outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.)