While home security systems
are built to last and to be easy to use, that doesn't mean you shouldn't give them a checkup now and again. Here are five ways to make sure your system is at its best to help keep your family protected.
1. Speak to Your Installer About Upkeep
When you're getting your alarm system installed, take a few minutes to talk to the technician about how to keep up the system. Ask what you should be doing, how regularly it should be done and so on. Ask to be walked through what you can do, and also be sure to ask about possible signs that something is malfunctioning within the system. Knowing about small problems when they first appear can keep them from becoming much worse later.
2. Keep Your Alarm System Clean
Even the fussiest homeowner knows that dust will collect on everything no matter how clean you are. So, as a matter of course, keep your system and its sensors clean. Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe away any dust, fingerprints, or other detritus that collects on your alarm system. Avoid using cleaning tools like the Swiffer: The static electricity they use to pull dust into the cloth may trigger the more delicate sensors. Similarly, there's no need to use chemical cleaning agents; just wiping the sensors off will be enough.
Oh, and make sure the system is disarmed before you clean!
3. Make Sure It's Consistently Anchored
Some systems may be glued to the wall, or screwed into it. It's unlikely that these anchors will fail, but check with a flashlight to ensure that there's no cracking in the drywall or on the alarm system casing, and that the adhesive is still strong.
4. Schedule Regular Alarm Tests
Your alarm system should be tested once a month to make sure that it functions properly. Often, scheduling a test is as simple as contacting your installer, or speaking with the monitoring company. Check your official documentation for a number to call to schedule a test.
You also may be able to do this yourself: Check your documentation to see if a test mode is offered.
5. Schedule a Yearly Checkup for Your System
Home security systems can have the same problems as other wiring systems in your house, so schedule a regular yearly checkup for your system to have its wiring examined and its other components tested.
At Protect Your Home, we know that keeping your system up is as important as installing one in the first place. That's why our monitored home security systems are backed by 150 installation centers nationwide. If there's a problem with your system, or you think it needs a checkup, we're just a phone call away. So, when it comes to protecting your family, count on Protect Your Home.