How to Avoid Triggering False Alarms With Home Security Monitoring
Home security monitoring has provided families with years of protection from threats such as burglaries, fires, weather damage and more. While the benefits of having a security monitoring system outweighs any disadvantages, there is one issue that continues to plague users: false alarms.
False alarms can be frightening and also expensive (you can be fined for repeated instances). Luckily, there are ways to avoid them.
Install pet-sensitive sensors
If you have pets that go in and out of your house, then you’ll definitely want to ask about pet-sensitive sensors. These sensors use infrared technology to distinguish between humans and pets so they won’t accidentally set off the alarm when it’s armed.
Keep moving objects away from sensors
Moving objects near a sensor can also result in a false alarm. Wherever you decide to place your sensors, make sure that everything around it stays in place. The only thing you want your sensors to pick up on are people.
Stay on top of battery changes
Although the battery life of security sensors can last up to five years, you’ll want to occasionally check on them. The best thing to do is to remember when your security system was installed and check with your security monitoring service about the average lifespan of the batteries. They can also come to your residence with a replacement.
How will you know if the batteries are getting low? Some security monitoring systems will sound the alarm as a warning signal.
Give guidance to all potential users of your security system
False alarms are largely due to user error. Sometimes family members or other authorized individuals have issues arming and disarming the security system. Make it a point to train people you trust on how to properly arm and disarm your system. Also, make them aware of other factors that can contribute to a false alarm. Educating your family about your security system is something you’ll want to do anyway.
Secure all doors and windows where sensors are installed
Sensors are installed on doors and windows, since they are the entry points of the house. If your security monitoring system is armed, you’ll want to make sure that all doors and windows are securely closed, otherwise you’ll risk a false alarm. Regardless, you should get in the habit of locking these entry points– it’s a crucial part of home security.
Following these simple tips can reduce the likelihood of a false alarm from happening in your home. As you can see, they are easily preventable.