When temperatures start falling, it’s time to brace for the threat of cold and freezing extremes and the potential dangers they may cause. A low temperature sensor alerts you when temperatures fall near that point of concern, giving you time to react and prevent potential damage to home, valuables and property that can be not only unfortunate, but expensive to repair or replace. Installing low temperature sensors around your home, greenhouse, barn, or any environment that requires a specific temperature level removes the unnecessary worry over freezing and bursting pipes, livestock and pets, a fine wine collection, and even family members with special needs like the elderly.
How a Low Temperature Sensor Works
Low temperature monitors are a simple addition to an existing home security system in that they can be installed—either hardwired or wirelessly— almost anywhere. Most home temperature sensors are contact sensors, which means they measure their own temperature. When that temperature reaches a specific range which is likely pre-set according to the homeowner’s needs, it triggers a signal that may be an audible alarm, and may also be sent to the home security control panel, which then alerts the homeowner either through a monitoring service, telephone, email, or text alert.
How to Choose a Low Temperature Sensor
The basic function of any low temperature sensor is the same—to alert the homeowner when temps dip into a specific range. Be sure to find out the temperature range of the sensors under consideration, as well as whether the range is pre-set or if it can be set to each homeowner’s needs. In addition, some models offer features that can enhance the degree of monitoring as well as the degree of control the homeowner has over the sensor, including the type of alert received. Some of those features include:
- Remote temperature monitoring provides current temperature, power status and back-up battery voltage
- Remote temperature control provides the ability to control the thermostat to get temps back into safe range.
- Wireless sensors, which can be installed in hard to access areas
- Tracking history of temperature ranges, highs and lows.
- Dual temperature and humidity sensor which monitors humidity levels for care of items sensitive to moisture
- Water shut-off capability that automatically shuts off the water valve when temperatures drop into the pre-determined range to prevent burst pipes that could potentially flood your home
Who is It For?
Homeowners with a residence or vacation home in cold climates will certainly benefit from the advanced alert of temperatures sinking to potentially dangerous lows. That awareness can save significant damage and repair costs, and even the well-being and safety of a loved one.
Consider the benefits of a low temperature monitor if you:
- Leave your cold climate residence for long periods
- Own a vacation cabin or property in a cold climate
- Have an elderly relative for whom you want to keep the temperature from getting too low
- Want the ability to control the thermostat remotely
- Have valuables such as pets, computers, musical instruments, or food that requires a specific temperature level