In this age of technology, even home security systems are capable of multi-tasking. In addition to protecting your home from intruders, many home security systems can now be programmed to detect environmental hazards.

Features like flood detectors and temperature detectors can identify problems before they get out of control. A flood detector placed near your washing machine can alert you of water leakage, while a temperature detector can let you know if the water in your pipes is at a freezing level, should your furnace break down while you’re out of the house.

The best part? A lot of these alerts can be sent right to your smart phone – so you can get them fixed before racking up thousands of dollars in water damage.