November 11, 2017

NEST to the Rescue: Sudden Sub-Zero Temperature hits NY Region

We've had a pretty mild autumn in NY this year, its as if Summer just carried over into Sept, Oct and Nov.  Then, all of a sudden, temperature dropped to 29°F last night.  In my house up in the Catskills NY region, temperature dropped even lower down to 20°F.  Of course, like many unsuspecting homeowners, I hadn't gotten around to shut off water supply to an outdoor faucet (and bleed it)); this faucet is connected into the basement.  Knowing I won't be able to get there in time, I was left with only one option to combat the situation.  I raised the furnace temperature remotely via NEST thermostat; my plan was to heat up the house nice and toasty (including my basement) to prevent the frost from freezing the water supply lines in the basement.

Given the sudden drop in temperature, I didn't have a lot of option.  It was comforting to know that I have the ability to change the temperature remotely from my phone while out at lunch.  As an added bonus, I was also able to double-check/monitor the house's temperature remotely from my SimpliSafe security system freeze sensor as a backup reference point.

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