An important aspect of having a security system that is often overlooked is regular maintenance. If you want good performance on a regular basis it’s important to make sure that all facets of your security system are well maintained and in proper working order. Many people will install their security system and forget about it. The safer option, of course, is regular maintenance to make sure that your security system is in proper order when you need it to be. Here we’ll look at some easy ways to maintain your security system and tips to make sure that it is in good working order.
In general it’s a good idea to regularly spend some time checking your security system to make sure that everything is in working order. This can actually be a bit of fun, as the best way to test it is to play pretend robber. Call your security system beforehand (especially if it has an automated monitoring center) to tell them you are doing a test and they will likely put your system on a special test status and be able to monitor the performance of your system. From there, break into your own house. Arm your system and check your doors and windows to make sure that the alarm goes off. The frequency that you do this is up to you but in general once a month is a great way to err on the side of caution and catch any problems before it’s too late.
Dust and Clean Keypads and Sensors
Dust and grime over time has the potential to get into sensitive electronic equipment and eventually render it inoperable. This process is quite simple and shouldn’t take more than a few moments. Take a dry cloth and wipe down any sensors or keypads on a regular basis. Additionally, it can be especially important to keep keypads clean. If your keypads are dusty, your combination is going to stand out as the only clean keys and might be able to tip off a burglar as to your combination.
Regularly scheduled maintenance is probably one of the most important parts of keeping your security system up to date and maintaining its effectiveness. While you can do some basic maintenance yourself, only your security company is going to know the subtle complexities of your system and will be able to test things that you don’t have access to like the integrity of the cables and the power supply. This may come with your plan or it may cost extra but it is the best way to make sure that your system is functioning as intended. In general you should get your system professionally maintained at least once a year.
Lastly, when you are having your system installed be sure to ask if there is any maintenance that is necessary for your system. Some systems will require you to do most of the work while others prefer that you don’t touch it and leave it to the professionals. As always it’s best to stay informed, especially with something as important as your home’s security.
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