Preventing False Alarms in Your Home Security System

alarm2There are few things more annoying than a false alarm, but the problem isn’t limited to the occasional late-night wakeup call. It can actually cost you money and put you on the police radar for all the wrong reasons. And aside from the monetary penalties and embarrassing police visits, you may find yourself dealing with frustrated neighbors who will likely ignore your siren in the event of a legitimate emergency. In other words, it’s definitely in your best interest to prevent false alarms, and the time to act is now. You don’t want to divert police away from the real emergencies just because your cat enjoys bouncing around the home.

Familiarize Yourself with your System

It may not surprise you to learn that 70 percent of false alarms are the result of user error. Make sure to take time and fully acquaint yourself with all the features of your home security system, and practice arming and disarming your alarm in the dark. Even with a backlit keypad, it can be more challenging to hit all the right the buttons in low-light conditions. Most importantly, take your time and move slowly when arming your alarm system.

Replace Your Motion Detectors

Do you have pets? Those rambunctious dogs and cats may be setting off your alarm. Replace your standard motion detectors with pet-immune motion detectors. These devices are designed for pets of varying weights, so compare your options and find what you need. For instance, some detectors are designed for pets up to 35 pounds, while others are designed for pets up to 100 pounds.

Test Your Alarm

Could it be that your alarm system is actually working improperly? That’s right; it might not actually be your fault. Of course, there’s only one way to find out for sure. Put the system to the test. Just contact your monitoring company and ask them to put your system into test mode, and then follow all instructions provided by the operator. Within a few minutes, you’ll know if your system needs maintenance.

Replace Outdated Equipment

Has your security system been guarding your home since the Reagan administration? Then it’s probably time for a 21st century upgrade. Over the years, security products erode and decline in functionality just like any other consumer electronic device, and it’s a good idea to replace them every now again. You wouldn’t use the same cell phone that you used 15 years ago, so why would you rely on the same faulty security system? Alarm technologies have come a long way in recent years, and Home Security Store has a wealth of affordable and reliable selections to choose from.

Remove Moving Objects

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Party balloons can trigger false alarms.

It’s not just animals that can trigger false alarms. Even seemingly innocuous household objects—particularly those that move—can set off the system. Party balloons, rotating holiday decorations,  hanging banners, these are just some of the items that may turn your home into a one-note dance party while you’re asleep in bed or enjoying the latest movie at the local cinema. In other words, be aware of anything that floats freely or dances in the breeze.

Ensure That Your Doors and Windows Latch Securely

Are your doors looking a bit warped? Windows not closing as fully as they should? You may be opening the door for false alarms (forgive the wordplay). Make sure that all entry points close completely, and replace any doors or windows that are no longer able to achieve a firm seal.

Change Your Batteries Often

This isn’t as much of an issue for hardwired systems (which typically use batteries only for backup), but if you own a wireless system, it’s absolutely critical that you keep fresh batteries in all of your devices (keypad, sensors, control panel). Failure to do so will negatively affect the performance of your system and leave you less adequately protected.

If you need to invest in a new home security system, accessories, or replacement batteries, check out the full selection at Home Security Store. We only carry the best products on the market, offered at the best prices. Order yours today. 

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