How to prepare your smart home for climate change

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Climate change is among the most serious problems human civilization has ever faced. The combustion of fossil fuels like coal and oil to create power raises CO2 levels in the air.

Households that rely on fossil sources for energy are involved with a major portion of greenhouse gas pollution. We can minimize CO2 pollution and contribute to the mitigation of climate change by using less energy in our houses.

Energy efficiency is a vital component in combating climate change since it uses technology to assist avoid or decrease energy loss. Authorities all throughout the world understand the importance of lowering residential energy consumption. As a consequence, they promote energy savings at home through laws, legislation, and rewards. Turning your house into a smart home is among the finest methods to keep it a lot more energy efficient. 

Power backup (UPS devices to Backup generators)

Even if you have a generator, you’ll have to have a backup battery, often called as a UPS unit, to maintain your company and other critical gear working properly.

Generators are typically used to serve mission-critical power needs like as heating, air conditioning, IT, electronics, and so on, all of which require constant fluctuations in power. The generator struggles to maintain a stable frequency output due to the constantly shifting load needs. Some UPS systems may be triggered to turn on as a result of these changes, draining UPS battery life.

This energy can be regulated by a UPS unit, and particularly, Online Double-conversion. UPS solutions are built to absorb frequency changes as element of their routine, day-to-day functioning, extending battery power. A continuous UPS unit transforms inbound Ac supply – whether by the main power source or a generator – to DC supply and then returns to reliable AC power using a sinusoidal waveform. That is the requirement for power from delicate computers and other devices.

Smart thermostats

Smart thermostats are perhaps the most common feature of smart things, and for valid reason. HVAC equipment are the largest consumers of electricity in houses, and automating them may save a significant amount of both energy and money. Their intelligent functionality is pretty impressive. You may adjust the heat from wherever you want, set a reminder for filter changes, and have the gadget understand your favorite temperature settings. Others even have geo-fencing features, which detect once you are within a particular distance of your home and activate the system. This eliminates a significant amount of power. You wouldn’t have to leave the air conditioner on all day to get back to a comfortable environment. Nest, one of the most prominent smart thermostat businesses, has just re-launched following its acquisition by Google and is undertaking a major overhaul. It’s simple to put up a plan, and the advantages are apparent.

Devices to monitor for water leaks, and open windows

Water leak and open windows detection devices 

If you’ve ever returned home to a flooded basement or discovered too late that your kitchen or bathroom has a small crack, you realize how costly it can be to fix or restore water-damaged carpeting, floors, or walls. The development of smart home water-sensing gadgets that deliver notifications to your cellphone when they sense wetness has made discovering leaks before they cause significant harm simpler than ever before. They vary in sophistication from basic puck-shaped detectors placed on the ground to in-line devices that continuously check your flow rate of the water for anomalies that may signal a leak.

Smart leak sensors aren’t all made equally. The simplest DIY leak detection devices are battery-operated discs or tiny square containers that are extremely simple to place and intended to be put on the ground where leaking may happen, such as immediately beneath a fridge, sink, toilet, or washer. They usually feature two or multiple steel sensing endpoints (feet) in touch with the flooring, as well as assembled Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi antennas for connecting to your smartphone. When the endpoints come into touch with moisture, the sensor is activated, and it typically only takes a few droplets to trigger it off. Once activated, a push notification or email (or even both) will be delivered, as well as an audio alert on the phone. It’s critical to choose a sensor with a loud enough alarm that you can listen from anyplace in your house.

Better weatherproof your house

No matter it’s winter or summertime, one thing is for certain: the temperature around your house does not mirror the weather inside, and unless your property is held in place well and your windows are weatherproofed, the outside circumstances are likely to influence the inside.

The usage of your air-conditioning system is affected by a leaky home, resulting in increased energy costs and environmental distress. Following a few easy measures that won’t bust your budget may help you save money while also helping the environment.

  • Insulate your attic or basements.
  • Purchase a thermostat that can be programmed.
  • Properly fix storm shutters.
  • Purchase an insulation blanket for your water heater.
  • Install weatherstripping on the home.
  • Install draft plugs on the doors.
  • Repair any leaks surrounding windows and doors.
  • Honeycomb cellular blinds should be used.

Social power

Taking measures to combat the growing climate concerns has become more of a survival necessity now than it ever was before. As the effects become more visible and the aftermath more damaging, it’s important to make as many people aware about this as possible. Making your home climate change-proof is a great way to communicate to those around you and make a strong statement. It will help them assess the gravity of the situation and also alleviate your social rank as a responsible citizen who cares about the environment. Once you’re done with your smart home project, it will impact a lot of people around you especially your co-workers, neighbors, friends and family. Maybe one of them will take then inspiration from your project and implement some changes. Even if it’s one small smart switch. Think about the whole snow-ball roll down!

By Erim Naharasha

Erim was born in New York, and is currently living in London with his wife and two very energetic children setting up smart homes for high-end customers on both new and existing builds.

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