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Old 02-21-2016, 10:45 PM   #1
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Snow bird home monitoring

Okay, for all our snow birding southern neighbors in Canada and the northern "outside" US states. Does anyone do any type home monitoring for freeze type damage?

We still have three, four years to go until our snow birding starts. The plan now is, summers and fall in Alaska and winters and spring in Washington and all points East and South. We have a boiler with hot water base board. I can't see draining the system and letting the interior get down to -20 F during a cold snap. I do have two daughters, (that owe me big time) living up here to call a plumber, heating company if need be.

My question is this. Does anyone have any real world experience with a good wireless, remote "frost/heat off, leak" alarm? Over the years we have done many month, month and half trips and haven't worried to much about it. With being gone six months at time I know I will worry. Thanks, Scott

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Old 02-21-2016, 11:10 PM   #2
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I use the Nest thermostat where you can go on line and monitor the heat as well as operate it from your smartphone. In addition you can also get the related smoke/fire detector and monitor it also. It will send you messages in case of trouble and turn off the HVAC system in case of fire.
See here https://store.nest.com/product/therm...paign=nestlabs
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There is also a water monitoring system that will shut off the water in case of a leak, but it is not internet connected. I have a whole house radiant system with in floor/ceiling water pipes, one leak would be a disaster.
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There is also a water monitoring system that will shut off the water in case of a leak, but it is not internet connected. I have a whole house radiant system with in floor/ceiling water pipes, one leak would be a disaster.
Jim, I've seen the Nest system at Home Depot, have you had a good experience with it? Looked at the Nest site but did not see a water shut off system. Having a fail safe to turn off the water for the heating system would be a major blessing. By the way, Happy belated birthday. Scott

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You'll want to read this before investing in the Nest system.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/14/fa...eeze.html?_r=0
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You should also check with your insurance company about the requirements for a vacant house to keep your insurance valid. News articles have told stories about people who were away from their home in winter and had water damage - insurance not valid. You need to have someone inspect the home on a regular basis. I have heard that some insurance companies require daily monitoring of the home while you are away.
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Old 02-22-2016, 06:48 AM   #7
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Jim, I've seen the Nest system at Home Depot, have you had a good experience with it? Looked at the Nest site but did not see a water shut off system. Having a fail safe to turn off the water for the heating system would be a major blessing. By the way, Happy belated birthday. Scott

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Sorry for the confusion, that is why I posted a second comment. the Nest Thermostat and Smoke alarm work flawlessly, in fact the smoke does a monthly check and sends you a text. I have one of the early thermostats, maybe 4 years now, no issues.

The water system is separate and not affiliated with Nest. It is electrical with battery back up. If interested send me a p/m for details on it. The Nest info is available on line.
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Go over to rv.net and ask the same question in the snowbird forum, better yet just do a search. Many folks use many types of monitoring systems, I've read no complaints about any of them, requardless of price. I was going to go with one of the land line based DIY units but the neighbors volunteered, I also turned off the water.
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My heat needs water source so that is not an option. Most radiator type needs refill source, in fact mine has a low water cut off.
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Very useful thread
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