Protect Your Summer House or South Jersey Home With Broadley’s and Alert Labs

Second homeowners and property managers with homes on the Jersey shore have a lot to consider even when the summer’s over.

Investment properties and vacation homes are just as susceptible to damage from severe weather or other emergencies as a primary residence.

However, there’s no one there to act quickly when something happens during most of the year.

And, the response time to a problem can mean the difference between spending a relatively small amount of money on repairs versus a problem that quickly becomes catastrophic.

Fortunately, now, there’s an app for that.

Remote Alerts for Your Home and HVAC System

Broadley’s is now proud to work with Alert Labs, a company that offers tools that monitor your HVAC and water appliances for any problems.

We’ve always offered our customers the best ways to keep their second homes safe when they’re not there. Broadley’s has provided winterization services for decades, and many people trust us with a set of keys for when they’re away.

And, more recently, we’ve made sure people are aware of smart thermostats that can alert you to a problem when you’re away.

These efforts, along with our decades of excellent service, of course, have made us a trusted name in HVAC in Avalon, Ocean City, Marmora, Cape May, and throughout South Jersey.

Now, we’re letting you know about Alert Labs, a new product line that seems as if it were made especially for people who own property by the beach.

The products have plenty of great features that help you keep your water and energy bills low. Of course, those are great for any homeowner.

After all, who wouldn’t want to save money and always feel secure that their home is safe and their major appliances are all working properly?

But, in particular, remote monitoring is perfect for second homeowners — and there are a lot of them in this area.

So, in this post, we’re going through some Alert Labs features and products we recommend. And we’ll see how they can work with your home.

Alert Labs Vs. Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats are a game-changer when it comes to knowing when there’s a problem. If there’s a sudden spike in energy usage, you’ll get an alert through the app.

This feature often clues you into an emergency: A burst pipe means the water meter is suddenly spinning.

A pipe burst after freezing in a home without heating in Ocean City, NJ

Or, a furnace suddenly using twice as much energy could indicate a broken window is letting out the heat.

But that’s not the primary function of those smart devices. The main selling points are adjusting your thermostat remotely and letting the device set the schedule (and save energy) based on your usage.

The emergency notifications are more of a bonus. With Alert Labs, that’s the primary function. As a result, the monitoring is much more detailed.

Instant Diagnostics and Alerts

The Sentree A/C monitor is a great example of instant alerts. It doesn’t just wait for a surge in usage. Instead, we install special sensors right on the condenser.

The sensors measure temperature and pressure to detect valve leaks. And, they provide up-to-the-minute information.

So, if something goes wrong, the system sends out an alert instantly.

That lets us, your HVAC contractor, get on top of the problem right away. You’re not waiting for the problem to get big enough that you notice something’s up.

You especially don’t need to wait for your next bill to see a sharp increase.

Instead, you find out right away that there’s a problem — and, what the problem is, exactly.

Reducing Downtime Before Repairs

Here’s the next advantage of that immediate alert: You get your repairs done much quicker. And, that’s not just because we know there’s a problem sooner. It’s also because we have a good idea of what’s going on before we even show up.

A lot of times, there’s a lag between the moment one of our techs diagnoses a problem when they can begin repairs.

If they need a particular part or special equipment, that’s an extra trip back to the shop before they can start. Meanwhile, you’re without heat, AC, or maybe even water.

But, when we get an alert telling us there’s a problem with pressure at the valve, we have a much better idea of what’s going on.

Then, we can send out a truck already stocked with everything they’d need for that repair.

Direct Communication With Your Service Team

When we say, “We get an alert,” we don’t mean the customer called us. We mean the system told us directly that there’s a problem. Most times, our truck’s on the road before the homeowner even realizes there’s a problem.

When we install an Alert Labs product, you can have the notifications sent right to us. That way, we’re on the job without you having to do anything.

It’s great for when something happens, and you’re at work or can’t coordinate a repair call.

And, for second homeowners, it’s amazing peace of mind knowing the device, and your HVAC company, are watching your home 24/7.

Alert Labs Flood Protection for South Jersey

Here’s a subject that strikes fear in the hearts of every Jersey shore homeowner: Flooding.

Now, Alert Labs can’t stop the tides. But, it can get ahead of water damage from a variety of sources.

For starters, you can place flood sensors at any problem points in the house. Underneath a water heater is a good start, for instance.

Or, near a part of the roof that tends to leak.

You can also put one at the spot that gets flooded first when water from outside starts seeping in.

The flood sensor will alert you within three second if there’s water where there shouldn’t be any.

There’s also a device you can attach to your sump pump to make sure everything’s working correctly. This sensor lets you know if there’s a chance of the system overflowing.

Or, if there’s a mechanical failure or power outage, you’ll get an alert.

This way, you’ll never be home during the fall or winter, wondering if the sump pump is doing its job. If there’s a problem, you’ll know right away.

Alert Labs and Service With Broadley’s

It’s easy to see why we’re so excited about Alert Labs. For us, it helps us help our clients keep their homes safe, dry, and ready for when they return.

To make the most of these features, we can install any Alert Labs model in minutes. Then, it’s up to you how much access we’ll have.

If you have a service contract with us, for instance, it makes sense to have us get the alerts right away.

That way, we’re able to nip small problems in the bud. Many may be covered under the agreement already.

Meanwhile, second homeowners and property managers can leave the keys with us so we can get in and fix a break quickly without anyone driving all the way down to let us in.

Or, if you want to make the call yourself when you get the alert, we’re happy to set that up as well.

Give us a call or email here at Broadley’s if you’d like to learn more!