Keeping a home, including its dwellers and valuables, secure and safe as humanly possible is very important. Fortunately, modern security solutions today have gotten more advanced and sophisticated than they were in the past.
Today’s motion sensing, heat-detecting security cameras, and even night vision can record every corner of your property round the clock. This provides us the security bubble that we need to protect our property and loved ones from burglars and other unwanted entries.
Combine it with rapid-fire security alert systems, advanced alarm detection sensors, and quick response times from your local area’s emergency services, it’s easy to see why many homeowners shell out big for quality security solutions available in the market after they do research and read the review about them.
But just like every man-made technology, a home security system will need regular cleaning and maintenance to provide you with a top-notch level of safety and security that you hope and expect.
To do so, take your cue from the following tips.
Clean up Your Security System
Cleaning the physical aspects of your home security system is essential, especially because you’ll be able to spot potential issues or problems that you may otherwise ignore.
Detecting possible problems with your security system early on will make it easy for you to look for solutions and ensure that your systems will work at its full potential.
Test the Control Panel
The central unit of your home security system is the control panel. It controls every component of your system. Whenever the signals coming from different components pass through, the control panel will comprehend those signals, then prompts when to activate and what to activate.
We’re lucky enough because nowadays control panels are equipped with test mode that’s been designed to detect possible errors within the system so you can make sure that everything is properly working.
But, before doing so, make sure to notify your monitoring service first. Also, check the panel visually to look for any signs of loose or damaged wires. Notify your alarm company immediately if the panel malfunctions during the self-test or if there are any signs of damage.
Inspect All of Your Cameras
Think about the last time you took a selfie using a camera with a dirty lens. It didn’t turn out well, and neither will the videos from your security cameras if the lenses are dirty.
Whenever you do a general check-up on your security system, don’t forget to include cleaning the camera lenses to ensure that you’ll get quality photos in case something triggers the motion sensors. Make sure also that no plants or branches are blocking the views of the cameras.
You’ll know if there’s a problem with one of the security cameras if you’ll check the live feed. If you don’t have a clear view of a particular area of your home, simply move the camera, or clear the area around the camera to get a better perspective.
Check the Batteries in Your Security Devices
Take heed that wireless security devices function through batteries. As such, it will be a good idea to examine them and see if a battery replacement is necessary.
The last thing that you would want to happen is to have a failed security system because of a battery-related problem.
Make Sure Your Exterior Lights Function Properly
The lights around your home’s perimeter will you see what’s going on outside during the evenings. They’re also useful in removing potential hiding spots for trespassers and burglars.
It goes without saying that a well-lit home is a more secure home. With that, make sure that all of your exterior lights are working properly. If there are dead bulbs, change them right away. Inspect the motion sensors too, and see if they respond quickly to movements.
Trim Your Landscapes Regularly
It’s also important to trim your landscaping to make sure that it’s not obstructing the line of sight of your security cameras and getting in the way of recording quality security footage.
For these reasons, do an audit of your footage to ensure that your landscapes aren’t blocking the lenses and are not hindering the video capture path.
Request for Annual Inspections
Inspecting a home security system by yourself may help prevent many issues, but hiring professionals to perform more thorough inspections goes a long way in making sure that every aspect of your home security system is in tip-top shape.
Most home monitoring and alarm companies provide yearly inspections at a reasonable price. It’s a good idea if you’re going to take advantage of them and make sure that your security system at home will provide you and your family with much-needed security for years to come.
Perform Supplementary Safety Check-Ups
It also pays to do additional check-ups to your home. For starters, place a fire extinguisher at every exit point of your home. Check the gauge on these extinguishers every month. If they look low, get them serviced.
You can also facilitate a review session about safety procedures with your children or family members every month. Stress out the important rules such as never giving strangers information over the phone, never letting strangers into the house, or telling others about the escape plan of your property in the event of a fire.
While security systems help in automating the process of keeping your home secure and safe, they can’t do all of the work for you. Your diligence is still essential to keep the system working and ensure that it’s in good working condition.
It’s also wise to communicate with your security company whenever you have a concern regarding the system. Asking questions will save you valuable time later on.
The saying “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link” applies to your home security system. Your system will be less efficient if one part of it will need repairs or maintenance.
You can take proactive measures to security system cleaning and maintenance and ensure that your system is in proper working order. Follow the given practices above to make sure that your home is well-protected.
Tyler Pack is a real estate consultant and journalist, with a passion for smart home technology. He is keen on writing about home and property security, and cybersecurity.