Freeze Alarms for Every Budget – Best Way to Prevent Damage by Frozen Pipes

Considered one of the most effective ways to avoid frozen pipes, freeze alarms are priced to fit any budget (from under $50 to $400) and available with a wide range of capabilities. Here’s a guide to today’s most popular models.Freeze alarms to prevent frozen pipes

 

Why do you need a Freeze Alarm?

Furnace failures and power outages can happen at anytime, especially in the wintertime. If you want a way to get advance warning that the temperature in your home is dangerously low so you can remedy the situation before your pipes freeze, you need a freeze alarm.

Frozen pipes that burst can result in costly damage to walls, floors, fixtures and furniture. How costly? According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety and Nationwide Insurance Company, damage caused by a single burst water pipe averages more than $5,000 and the average frozen pipe insurance claim exceeds $10,000 for several burst pipes!

For a modest investment, you can get a freeze alarm to protect your home from frozen pipe damage. This article summarizes popular freeze alarms based on cost and highlights their most important features including: how it communicates; type of alerts sent out; and other conditions monitored.

 

Under $400

Sensaphone 400 Cottagesitter

  • Calls up to four phone numbers with voice message alerts. Continues to call until someone responds.
  • Monitors for high/low temperatures (adjustable set points) and power outages, plus four other conditions based on optional sensors.
  • Remote programming possible by phone call.
  • High and low temperature set points are adjustable.

 

Metropolitan Industries Ion Gateway Monitoring and Alarm SystemMetropolitan Ion Cellular Gateway

  • Communicates via a cellular connection — ideal for homes without a landline phone or fulltime Internet connection. Simple plug-and-play setup.
  • Operates on the T-Mobile network.
  • Add a wireless temperature sensor to receive freezing temperature alerts.
  • Sends text message or email alerts to up to three smartphones or computers.
  • Also monitor for power outages, water, motion, open/closed doors and windows and more (with optional sensors).
  • Remote programming possible via logging in.
  • High and low temperature set points are adjustable.

 

Under $300

Temperature@lert Wi-Fi Edition

  • A stand-alone freeze alarm that communicates via WiFi or wired via an Ethernet cable for homes with fulltime Internet.      
  • Sends email alerts and text alerts to an unlimited number of smartphones or computers (text service fee required).
  • Comes ready to monitor for high and low temperatures and can accept up to four other optional sensors, including humidity and water.
  • Remote programming possible by logging in.
  • High and low temperature set points are adjustable.

 

DIY Cellular Alarm for Homes

  • An affordable cellular-based freeze alarm for homes without a landline phone or Internet connection.
  • Operates on the Verizon network.
  • Add a high/low temperature sensor to make this dual-sensor alarm function as a freeze alarm. (Note: Alarm also alerts for power outages and comes with a water sensor.)
  • Sends text message alerts to up to three smartphones or mobile devices.
  • High and low temperature set points are adjustable.

 

Under $200

Elertus wifi smart sensor w/ temp, humidity, motion, & light alertsElertus Smart Sensor

  • A small, battery-powered environmental sensor that can be placed inside or outside — for use at homes with a fulltime WiFi connection.
  • Comes with built-in temperature, humidity, motion and light alerts; accepts two additional sensors.
  • Sends text message or email alerts to up to five smartphones via the Elertus Internet Cloud Service.
  • Requires no electricity — operates for about a year on two AA alkaline batteries.
  • Remote programming possible via logging in or app.
  • High and low temperature set points are adjustable.

 

Intermediate Freeze Alarm (FA-I-CCA)Intermediate Freeze Alarm

  • A landline phone-based freeze alarm that monitors hot or cold temperatures and lets you call in to change the settings or check the current temperature by phone. (Can also communicate via a cellular network by adding a cellular terminal or Bluetooth terminal.)
  • Sends voice message alerts to up to three phone numbers.
  • “Quick Status Check” feature lets you check current temperature, power and back-up battery status by phone call.
  • Comes ready to monitor high or low temperature and power outages.  (Consider the Deluxe Freeze Alarm for a similar unit that monitors both hot and cold temperatures as well as other conditions using optional sensors.)
  • High and low temperature set points are adjustable.

 

Under $100

HomeSitter Temperature, Water, and Power Alarm

  • The lowest cost multi-functional home monitoring system on the market for homes with a landline phone connection. (Can also communicate via a cellular network by adding a cellular terminal or Bluetooth terminal.)
  • Sends a voice message alert that announces the specific problem – calls up to three phone numbers and sounds a built-in siren.
  • Comes ready to monitor either high or low temperature, power outages, water leaks and backup battery status.
  • High and low temperature set points are “fixed” (below 45°F or above 85°F).

 

La Crosse Online Temperature and Humidity Wireless Alert SystemLa Crosse Online Temperature and Humidity Wireless Alert System

  • An online gateway for homes with fulltime Internet and a wired router connection – wireless sensors make it easy to monitor different locations around the house.
  • Sends text message or email alerts to one smartphone.
  • Historical data can also be viewed via by logging into a special web portal from any smartphone, computer or mobile device.
  • Comes ready to monitor monitoring temperature and humidity; accepts up to five wireless sensors or wet or dry probes.
  • High and low temperature set points are adjustable.

 

Under $50

Reliance Controls PhoneOut Freeze Monitor

  • Affordable but reliable freeze alarm for monitoring a drop in temperature in homes with a landline phone connection. (Can also communicate via a cellular network by adding a cellular terminal or Bluetooth terminal.)
  • Automatically calls up to five telephone numbers and sounds an alarm tone (i.e., no voice message) when the temperature drops below 42°F.
  • Easy to install.
  • Temperature set point is fixed at 42°F.

 

Additional Resources for Selecting a Freeze Alarm

For additional reading on how to pick a freeze alarm, go to the articles “Pick a Freeze Alarm Based on How it Communicates” and “Frequently Asked Questions About Freeze Alarms” on the diycontrols.com blog site or watch the video “How to Select a Freeze Alarm.” For tips on how to prevent frozen pipes in your home, take a look at this checklist published by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.

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