Home Security Systems Should Always Include Environmental Sensors

February 11th, 2019



When you think “home security,” your mind probably jumps to burglar alarms, camera networks, and electronic locks.  That’s a fair way of thinking about it, but a comprehensive security system can protect you against more than just thieves and home invaders.  Home security also includes environmental sensors like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, water sensors, and thermometers.  You may have several of these sensors already depending on the building codes in your area, but by adding all of them you can protect your home from natural disasters and home accidents.

Smoke Alarm

This is the security sensor you’re guaranteed to have in your house, apartment, or anywhere else you live.  It sometimes goes off when the bake in the oven gets a little burned, but it’s still essential for waking everyone up when there’s a fire spreading.  Of course, it only works so long as its batteries are alive, and a comprehensive security system can remind you when it’s time to test the batteries.

Carbon Monoxide Detector

This is a more recent addition to the sensors required by building codes.  Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that prevents you from getting the oxygen you need, but it’s odorless, invisible, and presents few side effects aside from becoming sleepy.  You can plug carbon monoxide sensors into an outlet so they always have power, so they have no battery problem.  Fires create carbon monoxide, so these sensors help warn families, but leaking furnaces create it too so a carbon monoxide sensor helps in other situations, too.

Water Sensor

Your basement should be perfectly dry.  Even if you have a sump pump, it should keep the groundwater out of your basement.  If that’s not the case, it means water is leaking in from a groundwater swell, from flooding, or from a leaking pipe.   However, if you don’t spend enough time in your basement you might not notice until after the water deals a lot of damage and causes mold growth throughout your home.  A water sensor can give you an early warning so you can minimize the damage or evacuate based on what’s going on.

Temperature Sensor

If the temperature suddenly swings high or low, that could mean there’s a fire or your climate control system has stopped working.  The second case can lead to dangers like burst pipes and indoor humidity.   If you’re not home to notice these changes, a temperature sensor hooked into a larger security system with a remote access app is the best way to warn you that something’s wrong.

While you may already have many of these sensors, a security system can potentially hook them all together and make it easier to manage them and let them communicate with each other.  After all, depending on where you live a natural disaster or household accident may be more likely than a burglary.  As such, a proper security system for your home should be able to protect you and warn you about these problems and not just guard you against the most obvious threats.