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6 Ways to Prep Your Home Security for Winter

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Winter is on its way – whether you’re looking forward to it or dreading it.

There are a lot of things you need to cross off your list before winter and the holiday season  come in full force. One of them is making sure your home is ready for the changing weather.

If you have a Midco SmartHOME™ system, it’s easy to prep your home for the changing seasons. Here are a few key steps to make sure your home is ready.

Update your smart thermostat rules.

You’ll want to optimize your home’s heating for colder outdoor temperatures. Update your smart thermostat schedules based on when you normally come and go, when you go to sleep, and when you wake up. You should also update the temperature settings in any rules or scenes you’ve set up in the Midco SmartHOME app.

Adjusting your home’s temperature back 7-10 degrees each day while you’re away can save as much as 10% a year in energy costs, according to Energy.gov. Set your thermostat to a lower temperature about an hour before you go to bed, and then start warming back up about an hour before you normally get up.

What temperature should you set your thermostat? The ideal, most energy efficient temperature for when everyone is at home is generally regarded as between 68-70 degrees Fahrenheit. If that seems chilly, ease yourself into it. Start by adjusting your home to 72 degrees for a week, then lower the temperature one degree every week to slowly adjust. You’ll be happy to find that balance between heating your house and saving energy (and money). 

Check your smoke and CO detectors.

Heating, holiday decorations, cooking, winter storms and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months. A properly working smoke detector can save your life and the lives of your loved ones. And with 24/7 professionally monitored smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, you can rest easy, day or night.

It’s recommended you test your smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least once a year. (See how to replace those batteries.)

Test your security system before you leave for the holidays.

All security systems need to be tested to ensure they work properly. To check your armed status settings, try arming it at home, so you know how it works. Then, when you leave for the holidays, you’re comfortable knowing your home is safe.

We recommend you test your home security system monthly. See steps on doing so in our quick start guide under Arming Your System.

Defeat “porch pirates” – get notified when packages arrive.

With the season comes Black Friday and holiday shopping, which means packages being delivered to your door. According to a survey, one in 12 Americans had a delivered package stolen from their homes in 2017.

With a home security camera installed at your front door, you can monitor when those packages arrive. Just create a rule in your system to notify you and send you a picture or video clip whenever your camera detects movement.

Make sure you have enough light.

Colder weather and less sunlight during the day can make anyone feel sleepier and less energetic. Making sure you have enough light in your home can help you feel comfortable and more secure.

Adjust any scenes or schedules you’ve created that turn your LED smart bulbs on or off at specific times. This can also help deter would-be thieves, so it makes it look like you’re home even if you’re traveling. Don’t forget to create rules that turn a light on when you open a door, such as your garage door or front door. Or, create a rule to turn on your porch lights whenever the security camera at your front door detects movement.

Automate your home using Scenes.

Create a “Leaving” scene in the Midco SmartHOME app, so with one tap, it automatically turns off your smart lights, sets the thermostat to a lower temperature to save energy, locks your door and changes your armed status to Away. You could also use a “Returning Home” scene, so when you’re on your way home, tap it, and it will turn lights on and adjust your thermostat to welcome you back. 

 

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Sources:

https://www.xcelenergy.com/energy_saving_tips

https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/thermostats

https://www.directenergy.com/learning-center/energy-efficiency/recommended-thermostat-settings-winter

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v19i7.pdf

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/smoke_alarms.html

https://www.boreal.org/2018/11/09/183723/this-is-winter-weather-awareness-week-winter-home-and-fire-safety

 

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