Choosing Between Sump Pump Energy Monitors
Homeowners today are well aware that energy audits are necessary to make sure that there is minimal use of electricity and to ensure that the home is safe and secure. Energy auditors can also be used to find out which appliances are wasting energy and in some cases where you may have over-prized air. With an infrared scan often viewed on how various appliances are utilizing energy, you can easily make educated choices on reducing the use of costly electricity-wasteful devices.
Energy monitors come in two formats; analog and digital.
The most common and popular is the z-wave variety. Although some homeowners still prefer to have the z-wave technology installed, there are several options for those who prefer to do it themselves or can do it with minimal training. A good alternative is the new infrared scan option; it works in the same way as the z-wave but allows real-time data from sensors installed throughout the home to be sent directly to a handheld device for analysis.
If you decide to have your energy monitors installed by a professional
it is important to do a thorough inspection to avoid costly mistakes. In fact, many do-it-yourselfers mistakenly hook up the system incorrectly which can cause serious errors. A good rule of thumb is for you to hook up the panel using one of the four wires on the electrician’s panel and then check the results of your inspection with a text file or online interface. If you find any errors, have the electrician re-do the installation or call you for guidance on what to do next.
Before you purchase energy monitors
be sure to consider the top features and functions that are available. Some of the most popular features include trip points, smart sensors, automatic shut-off, and battery backup. While other top features such as low battery backups and temperature alarms are great if you have small or medium-sized homeowners, these features are not as useful if you have large properties or multiple sensors. The number of available sensors will depend on the price that you pay; lower-end models will likely only have two to three sensors.
When purchasing an energy monitor
you will also need to consider several factors such as the type of appliance that you need to test. Some appliances are sensitive to changes in the magnetic field around them, while other appliances can deal with only direct current (DC) and even others will be fine with a combined AC/DC system. More recent models will allow you to specify the location of the clamp-on sensor and how sensitive the device is. If your main electric power comes from a utility grid, you may want to consider adding a secondary magnetic field switch; these are inexpensive options that can provide additional security and are usually less expensive than separate electrical switches. If your primary electric power comes from a home solar power source then you may want to consider a model that combines thermoelectric and AC-DC converters. These types of appliances will most likely generate a small current and won’t trigger an alarm unless there is a large change in the magnetic field.
To sum things up, choosing the right type of energy monitors
to use for your basement sump pump installation is quite simple. If you’re going for a low-cost solution, then you should consider adding a magnetic field switch to your sump pump or a thermal switch for your water heater. If your primary electric power comes from a utility grid, then you should consider adding a combined AC/DC converter or a combined thermoelectric and magnetic field switch.