Roost Smart devices work by connecting to the Roost Cloud and sending alerts to your smartphone if they detect certain activity. This device can notify you of water leaks or high humidity or temperature levels.
The devices connect to the Roost Cloud to report activity, otherwise, in order to reserve power, they check in with the Roost cloud once every 24 hours to report their battery power level and Wi-Fi signal strength.
To use the devices you'll need the free Roost app (or the free app from your insurance company) that you can download from the Apple iTunes or Google Play store. All Roost devices must be set up using the Roost app or your insurance company's app to connect them to your home Wi-Fi network for them to work. Also, your Wi-Fi network needs to be on for the devices to send notifications of alerts to your smartphone.
Please see below for a more detailed description of how the device functions.
The Wi-Fi Smart Leak and Freeze Detector will sound an audible alarm, as well as send an alert via a push notification to your smartphone when water comes into contact with the two metal rings on the bottom of the detector. If you are home, you may hear the alarm from the detector as well as receive an alert to your phone. Only a small amount of water is needed for the leak detector to sense a potentially much larger and costlier problem.
Additionally, the Wi-Fi Smart Leak and Freeze Detector measures temperature and humidity every 30 minutes. You can set custom ranges for both temperature and humidity on your device and be alerted when an out-of-range event occurs. One use of this feature it to detect a potential pipe freeze in your basement or other cool area before it happens. You can also detect dangerous humidity levels that would allow mold to grow.