Increase the life expectancy of your alarm systems, and guarantee insurance coverage, with regular maintenance.
Technologies such as home automation are extending the life of security systems, according to a 2007 study by the National Association of Home Builders/Bank of America. Discussing technology options with a qualified security provider can help you navigate all of the available options. In addition, preventative check ups can help keep your system in peak operating condition for years to come.
In addition, many insurance companies require regular maintenance if you receive a homeowner insurance discount for your security system. Even if it’s not required, insurers may void your claim if your alarm malfunctions during a break-in.
For tip-top working status all the time, make maintenance a priority. Here’s how:
Security equipment should be checked annually by a professional. Best vendors will offer a maintenance package along with your service contract. When a professional comes to assess the state of your system, they will:
- Check to see that batteries are functioning properly.
- Ensure that transmitted signals are being received by the monitoring center.
- Perform controlled tests on panic buttons.
- Check to see that sensors have not come loose.
- Repair any damaged or malfunctioning parts of the system.
A trained professional will be able to give you a more specific diagnosis of your system rather than relying solely on self-testing.
In between annual check ups, test your security systems yourself regularly. Older systems should be checked about every three months, whereas newer systems can be checked every six months. Just be sure to notify your provider prior to running a test, so that they don’t accidentally dispatch emergency support.
Below are pointers for each system type.
The National Fire Alarm Code requires residential household fire systems be inspected annually. Your security providers trained personnel should test and review the system to ensure all devices are operational. Over time electronic devices begin to operate less efficiency, so consider following the technicians recommendations to replace aging fire and life safety devices.
In addition, regularly test your devices to ensure proper functionality. Most models have an intuitive system in place to check the workability by simply pressing and holding the button labeled “test.” Upon doing so, the alarm will sound. Please refer to your manual to ensure that tests are being carried out properly as instructions can vary.
Traditional and Wireless Security Systems
Both traditional security systems and wireless security systems rely on batteries. The batteries within your security panel should be changed on average every three to five years. Since security system models and batteries vary drastically, it is a best practice to ask your vendor for a recommended timeline.
Your video surveillance cameras can also use regular maintenance. Cleaning of cameras ensures a clear picture and uninterrupted feed. Simply, dust the camera, and clean the lens with a monitor or lens wipe and cleaner.
Create calendar reminders for yourself to ensure that regular maintenance of your systems is fulfilled. The maintenance of your systems is just as important to your safety as initial installation.
Do you do a good job of keeping your system up to date?
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