One of the ways to make your home smart is to install relevant sensors at strategic places. Below are some of the sensors you should consider.
A moisture or water detector will alert you if there is moisture in its vicinity. This sensor can help you identify hidden water leaks or burst plumbing pipes. Say you are not at home, and one of your plumbing pipes burst. Without the detector, you might only know about the flooding when you come back to the house, by which time the damage would be catastrophic. With a moisture sensor, you get immediately alerted when the leak starts so you can stat mitigation measures.
Motion sensors detect movement, and they can be applied to a variety of uses. For example, you can use motion sensors to alert you when someone breaks into your home or enters your yard while you are away. You can also connect motion sensors to a lighting system so that the bulbs light up when someone approaches and turn off when the person leaves.
A ringing doorbell alerts you that someone is at the door. A doorbell sensor goes a step further and starts streaming video of the front door (or door with the bell) to your screen. That way, you get to know exactly who has triggered the doorbell before opening the door.
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that can lead to respiratory problems, organ failure, and even death. The gas is odorless and colorless, which makes it difficult to detect. Fortunately, there are sensors that can alert you of the presence of carbon monoxide so you can get out of the house and call for help before the gas overwhelms you.
Smoke detectors are some of the most common and important sensors for most people. They are even required in some buildings. They are useful since most fires emit smoke even in their infancy. Thus, a smoke detector is really a fire detector because it can help you detect small fires so that you can put them out before they spread or intensify.
Lastly, there are also light sensors that detect the presence or absence of light. For example, you can connect light sensors to your lighting systems so that they can come on at dusk and go off at sunrise. That way, you don't have to be home for your security lights to come on and off at dusk and dawn, respectively.
It's always best to hire a licensed electrician to install systems like these. A professional will have the skills and equipment to ensure your sensors are installed properly so that they last for years and function as they should. Contact a company like Ranger Electric to learn more.