Get The Most Out of Your Notion System

August 02, 2017

Get The Most Out of Your Notion System

Our mission at Notion is to empower homeowners to be more present in all the moments that give life meaning. With real-time alerts sent to your smartphone on the activities happening in your home that you care about most, we’re reinventing what your home is capable of.

While you may already use Notion to monitor your home’s security, we want to make sure you get all you can out of your home awareness kit. Today we’re sharing some ways Notion sensors give your home a voice that you may not have considered. Read on!

They’re a smart smoke alarm.

Fires move fast. It only takes 30 seconds for a small flame to turn into a major threat, so making sure you have functioning smoke alarms in your home is extremely important.

But what is the point of a sounding alarm if no one is around to hear it when it goes off? When we set out on the path of building Notion a few years back (you can read more about that journey here and here), our founders intended to create a smart smoke alarm — this was before the days of Nest Protect.

After some trials and tribulations, we realized we didn’t need to create an entirely new device, we just needed something that could “hear” the smoke alarm going off. By installing a Notion sensor within a few inches of a smoke alarm in your home, Notion will “listen” for the frequency of a sounding alarm and send you a notification when it goes off.

Whether you’re out for a quick trip to the grocery store or away on an extended vacation, you can leave your home with the peace of mind that you’ll be informed immediately if anything goes wrong.

They know your home better than your thermostat.

If you already have a smart thermostat you’re probably wondering why you would need to remotely monitor the temperature of your home with another device. Turns out, the location of your thermostat is pretty important when it comes to accurately reporting the temperature of your whole home — but have you ever even thought about moving the thermostat somewhere else?

Most homeowners only have a single thermostat. But adding Notion’s temperature task to your sensors can help paint a more accurate picture of the heating and cooling throughout your home.

If you already have other Notion sensors installed to monitor motion, water or alarms, simply add the temperature task to your existing sensors. From there, you can set custom thresholds for each sensor so that you’ll receive an alert the moment the temperature of that rooms falls outside the designated range.

Why is knowing the temperature across your whole home so important? Here are some examples:

  • Babies sleep best when the temperature is between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. A sensor in the nursery will let you know if your newborn is uncomfortable (and if you’re at risk for a shorter nap time).
  • Temperature changes often indicate more serious issues, like freezing pipes. A sensor on an exterior wall can keep you in the know on when to take extra precautions for winter weather.
  • If you’re a wine connoisseur, placing a sensor in the cellar can ensure your collection stays at a nearly perfect 55 degrees.

They’re a fast way to catch a water leak.

Water can cause extreme damage in homes, especially when a leak isn’t caught in time. From sinks to washing machines, hundreds of gallons of water run through your home, and every day 14,000 people in the US experience a water damage emergency. Don’t be one of them!

Consider installing a couple Notion sensors in areas where water leaks are likely to occur — like behind a toilet, next to your water tank, or close to drains in your basement (because 98 percent of basements in the US will experience some kind of water damage in their lifetime, and if your water tank lives down there, the odds of water damage occurring increase).

Beyond Notion, make sure to take other preventative measures in your home to arm it against water threats. Replace hoses on washing machines or dishwashers before the manufacturer suggested time, and have a plumber inspect your water heater annually. Appliance hoses in particular are low in cost but high in reward — washing machine failures lead to an average of $12,000 in damage.

Realizing you need more sensors? Visit our store to purchase more.