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Stephen Hanson

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companies but does contribute to the overall health of home systems. Many smart thermostats can also work in conjunction with security systems: For example, they may have built-in sirens or alerts when they detect something suspicious, or they may be able to automatically turn off the fans if rising temperatures indicate a potential fire. The Nest Learning Thermostat is a particularly popular choice here, but we also like Ecobee's SmartThermostat. 2. Water Leak Detectors Leak detectors are designed to sit in places that are prone to flooding, like bathrooms, underground basements, and similar locations. If they detect moisture, they can automatically send alerts to your phone so you can investigate and take action if it looks like there's a leak or a flood. Insurance companies particularly like to see versions that can shut of f water (in case of frozen pipes bursting, for example) coming into the house, or star t sump pumps (more common in wet basements. Govee has a good kit to get star ted with, and we like this more advanced Leaksmart version too. 1. Gas Leak Detectors A gas leak detector can sense leaks from propane, butane, methane, and natural gas. In areas where gas leaks are a potential threat, it's a good idea to have one of these sensors installed, and insurance companies may like to see this as well since they can prevent very destructive gas explosions. This Techamor detector is a good example.

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