Your home alarm sys­tem is expect­ed to help improve the safe­ty of your home and pro­tect the occu­pants, assets, and prop­er­ty. How­ev­er, look­ing at them, you can­not tell whether they’re ful­ly oper­a­tional. As with oth­er mech­a­nisms, sev­er­al com­po­nents can degrade over time, com­pro­mis­ing the oper­a­tion of your alarm sys­tem.

Things like dirt, dust, oth­er con­t­a­m­i­nants, remod­el­ling, van­dal­ism, and improp­er main­te­nance can also dam­age the alarm sys­tem. For­tu­nate­ly, reg­u­lar inspec­tions, test­ing, and main­te­nance can keep your alarm sys­tem at top oper­at­ing per­for­mance.

Test­ing your Alarm Sys­tem

It is essen­tial to test your alarm sys­tem month­ly or, at the very least, quar­ter­ly to ensure it is in good work­ing order. Make sure to include the win­dows, doors, and motion sen­sors in your test.

Before you test the sys­tem, call and inform your mon­i­tor­ing sta­tion of the test to put it in test mode. Oth­er­wise, you may incur cost­ly false alarm fines from your local law enforce­ment.

Main­tain­ing your Alarm Sys­tem

The alarm sys­tem and the bat­ter­ies need reg­u­lar main­te­nance, updat­ing, and replace­ment. The two types of alarm sys­tems – wired and wire­less – use bat­ter­ies that should be replaced peri­od­i­cal­ly to ensure that the sys­tem does not fail, leav­ing your home unpro­tect­ed. You should also con­sid­er reg­u­lar main­te­nance to keep the sys­tem up to date and in excel­lent work­ing order

Pro­fes­sion­al Main­te­nance

Your secu­ri­ty equip­ment should be inspect­ed and test­ed by a pro­fes­sion­al. Most pro­fes­sion­al ven­dors offer a main­te­nance pack­age along with a ser­vice con­tract. Pro­fes­sion­al main­te­nance typ­i­cal­ly includes:

  • An assess­ment of the bat­ter­ies to ensure they are ful­ly func­tion­al
  • Check­ing to ensure that your mon­i­tor­ing cen­tre is receiv­ing the sig­nals trans­mit­ted
  • Per­form­ing con­trolled tests on pan­ic but­tons
  • Repair­ing any mal­func­tion­ing or dam­aged parts of your alarm sys­tem
  • Test­ing the sen­sors to iden­ti­fy any faulty ones and cal­i­brat­ing them as nec­es­sary

A trained pro­fes­sion­al should be capa­ble of pro­vid­ing a detailed diag­no­sis of your alarm sys­tem rather than rely­ing on self-test­ing alone.

Final Note

Besides the secu­ri­ty ben­e­fits, keep­ing your alarm sys­tem in good con­di­tion elim­i­nates the pos­si­bil­i­ty of emer­gency repairs or cost­ly false alarms that increase your expens­es. Remem­ber that bur­glar alarms only deter crim­i­nals from access­ing your home if you use them dai­ly and at night. The more you famil­iarise your­self with your alarm sys­tem, the less like­ly you are to ini­ti­ate a false alarm.

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