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Using Monnit Wireless Sensors to Remotely Monitor Vacant Properties

Keywords: sensor installation, vacant property, property monitoring, winter monitoring, intrusion monitoring


Summary:

Cold weather can cause several issues within buildings or homes. As temperatures drop, heating and boiler systems need to maintain proper temperatures to protect against damage. Monnit provides an easy to use remote monitoring solution to track heating and cooling systems for efficiency and preventive maintenance.



Wether you need to monitor a vacant commercial property or a vacant home, the winter months seem to add a another level of frustration. Cold weather can cause several issues within buildings or homes. As temperatures drop, heating and boiler systems need to maintain proper temperatures to protect against damage. Monnit provides an easy to use remote monitoring solution to track heating and cooling systems for efficiency and preventive maintenance.

We recommend the following products for monitoring a vacant property during the winter months:
    Wireless Gateway
    Wireless Temperature Sensors (with Probe)
    Wireless Motion Detection Sensors
    Wireless Open/Closed Sensors

Monitoring Temperatures

Start by installing a Monnit wireless gateway. The gateway can be located anywhere in the building where it has access to power and an Internet connection (for Ethernet gateways) or a decent cellular signal (for Cellular gateways).

We recommend using Monnit wireless temperature sensors near any heating system thermostats, then adding as other sensors in areas of the building that are prone to temperature sensitive issues.

Installing Wireless Temperature Sensors

We also recommend using wireless temperature sensors (with probe) to monitor any plumbing that is succeptible to freezing. When connecting a temperature probe to plumbing, we recommend using a zip tie to securely fasten the probe tight against the bare metal pipe. After securing the temperature probe use thermal tape to completely wrap the probe to the pipe to provide a thermal barrier allowing the sensor to get a more accurate reading of the pipe temperatures.

Installing Wireless Temperature Sensors on Plumbing

Monitoring Access to the Building

Monnit wireless open/closed sensors and wireless motion detection sensors can be used to monitor access to the building. Open/closed sensors are mounted next to the door or window with the magnet mounted to the door or window adjacent to the sensor with 1 inch or less gap. When the door or window is opened, the sensor detects the magnet moving away and sends an immediate alert. Motion detection sensors use passive infrared technology to detect human movement. They can be mounted to any surface and have a viewing angle of 50° each direction from center and detect movement within 16 feet of the sensor.

Overview of Monnit remote monitoring solutions for boiler systems



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