If you drive a car, you understand the importance of regular maintenance. From changing your oil to monitoring the air in your tires, constant upkeep is what lengthens your vehicle’s lifespan and keeps your car running safely.

Home security system maintenance is similar. Regular upkeep increases the life expectancy of your system and ensures all components are functioning properly. Homeowners who don’t perform regular maintenance are more at risk because system downtime is more likely to occur.

To emphasize the importance of consistently caring for your equipment, we list three reasons why security system maintenance is essential for your protection.

1. Identify System Errors

Maintaining your home security system means conducting regular tests to ensure there are no errors. When errors are unresolved, the life expectancy of your system decreases and you’re more vulnerable because components of your solution are ineffective. For example, let’s say your fire alarm isn’t working properly. If you don’t perform regular maintenance and test your device, then you, your property and your loved ones are unprotected in the event of a fire. The same goes for your alarm system. If a break-in occurs while your alarms are inactive because of a maintenance lapse, you’re more vulnerable to a burglary.

Be proactive when it comes to home security and maintain your equipment to stay protected.

2. Reduce False Alarms

False alarms cost money because they waste valuable emergency service time and resources. Sometimes, false alarms are a result of faulty or outdated equipment.

Outdated home security equipment is a direct result of a neglected system. Test your system on a monthly basis to guarantee it’s in working order, and replace batteries as needed. Notify your security provider before you test your alarms so they know not to dispatch the authorities.

3. Prevent System Hacks

Performing regular system maintenance requires you to install software updates on your digital home security devices. When you update your system, you improve cyber security, but when updates are not made, your connected home security equipment becomes more vulnerable to a cyber attack. Outdated software contains unpatched security flaws hackers can use to breach your network and steal valuable personal and financial information.

Avoid system hacks and maintain your system by updating software for all connected devices, including:

Additionally, contact a trusted security vendor for proper setup, installation and maintenance requests.

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