Thursday, January 5, 2017

Keeping Your Home Safe While You're Away

Whether you are hitting the road to grandmas house, going on a winter vacation or just getting away for the weekend, being away from home can cause a lot of stress. We relocated nearly 8 months ago to southern Ohio and in doing so, we left behind our home up north that we haven't had time to get on the market yet. Leaving it unattended has been super stressful for us so we can understand exactly why homeowners stress out when leaving home for any length of time. Ooma, a leading internet home communications hub, recently sent us a list of tips to share with our readers on how you can keep your home safe and secure so you can worry less and enjoy your time away. 




TIP #1: DON'T TURN YOUR THERMOSTAT OFF

Before leaving for an extended trip, it's important to lock in a safe temperature in your central heating system. If you live somewhere with cold winters, don't turn your thermostat off! To prevent your pipes from freezing, set the temperature lower than usual—ideally between 40 and 55 Fahrenheit. Live in a warmer climate? Leave the thermostat at about 69 Fahrenheit. Alternatively, you can completely avoid worry by controlling your thermostat remotely. Ooma detects when your thermostat is on "Away" mode and will automatically forward any home calls to your mobile device.

TIP #2: SHUT OFF THE GAS AND UNPLUG ALL APPLIANCES

Always turn off gas-powered devices such as stoves, ovens, and fireplaces, and unplug all appliances. This can prevent any accidental fires and potentially hazardous carbon monoxide leaks into your home, as well as save energy. This is especially important if you have pets at home who can't defend themselves against unforeseen hazards. For an added layer of protection, be in the know—Ooma can warn you via text and direct you to call 911 when your Nest Protect smoke/carbon monoxide detector has been triggered.

TIP #3: DON'T KEEP YOUR TRAVEL A SECRET

When leaving home for several days, tell someone you trust where you'll be in case of emergency, such as a fire, burglary, or carbon monoxide leak. Friends staying in town or a thoughtful neighbor could be options. They can keep an eye out for suspicious activity and notify you of any out-of-the-ordinary occurrences. Ooma allows you to be notified immediately when 911 is dialed and you can call them or call police to investigate.

TIP #4: LEVERAGE TECHNOLOGY TO MONITOR YOUR HOME

Thanks to technology, our homes are getting smarter and smarter. Did you know there are countless apps that can connect to systems in our homes—from central temperature to security systems, light bulbs to the Amazon Echo? The Ooma Telo seamlessly interacts with your favorite smart home products and services to make your home safer and more convenient than ever before. Whether it be increased levels of carbon monoxide or a home break-in, Ooma can be the first to alert you of any danger.

Learn more about Ooma's home monitoring system at http://www.ooma.com 

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