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Putting Your Plan Into Action: Incorporating Your Bells & Whistles

Posted: September 12, 2014

Sometimes it’s hard getting used to new technology around the home – especially when it comes to home security systems. Initially, you may have some difficulty integrating it into your everyday life, especially if you’ve chosen a smart home system as part of your protection plan. There might even be times you forget to arm and disarm your system. Here are a few tips that should help you become accustomed to your new home technology:

21 Days

There’s an old rule out there that supposedly originated from a book called Psycho-Cybernetics that says it takes 21 days for a new habit to stick. What this really means is that it takes a few weeks for you to get used to something new. When your new home security system is installed, don’t think that you’re going to get used to it overnight. Getting used to and feeling comfortable with something like a new home security system takes some time; especially if you’ve never had one before. The more you interact with your home security system, the quicker you’ll get used to it. Take the time to get to know the system’s ins and outs, and find out how you want interact with it.

Your Cell Phone

Newer home security systems can often be accessed via your smartphone. Even if you don’t plan to access your system much with your phone, you should take the time to at least explore the app that goes with your system. If you have any questions, all you have to do is call a representative from the company monitoring your system and they should be able to help you out You might also consider going to a store to speak with someone face to face. While there, you’ll likely be able to walk you through any necessary processes or setup. The bottom line is that your phone is a useful tool. If you are indeed paying for that particular service, you might as well use it.

Consider Running Some Tests

Depending on your system and what it’s able to do, you might need to contact your security system company before really running any tests. In order to fully familiarize yourself with the system, you need to know what happens when the alarm is tripped. Have a representative come out and run through some tests so that you know what to do if an alarm goes off. Keep in mind that many smart home systems are also integrated into smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and other monitoring devices. This is why it’s imperative that you familiarize yourself with each alarm You don’t want to follow the plan you have in case of a break-in if there’s actually a fire and vice versa. The representative from your security system company should be able to tell you everything you need to know and get you prepared for anything that can happen. No matter your level of tech expertise, familiarizing yourself with your home security system takes a bit of time. Chances are, there will be laundry list of instructions to read and an even longer list of things that need to remembered: passwords, arming/disarming, etc. So, don’t give up too fast when you get frustrated. Use ever and any resources available and you should be set