preparing your home for winter

preparing your home for winter

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The Vivint Smart Home Team

Winter is coming, and that means temperatures are getting colder. If you haven’t started already, you’ll want to prepare your home for the changing seasons. While stocking the hot chocolate supply should definitely be on your to-do list, there are a few more things you can do to ensure your Vivint system keeps your comfortable over the next few months.

1. create winter thermostat schedules

Not only will this help you stay cozy at home, this will also help you save money while being energy-efficient.

2. check your batteries

Believe it or not, cold weather can affect battery performance. Take a minute to check the batteries in equipment that has the most exposure to extreme temperatures. If you need help, check for tutorials on changing batteries in recessed door sensors, door and window sensors and electronic door locks.

3. bypass sensors

When the weather was warm, it was very pleasant to leave your door open to let your pets in and out of the house. But now that the weather is colder, that’s probably not an appealing option anymore. If you do not want to leave your door open for your pets, and still want to keep your system armed, you can bypass sensors to prevent false alarms from triggering when a door is opened. Bypassing a sensor will let the pets out, and keep the warmth in. Win-win.

4. check the calibration settings on your thermostat

To make sure your family is as comfortable as possible, calibrate your thermostat with the change of season. Click here for all the tips and tricks for your smart thermostat.

For other ideas of how to prepare your home for winter, check out the neighborhood.