Springtime has to be one of the most exciting times of the year. Winter starts to melt away while the mercury on the thermometer once again begins to rise. We begin to prepare for the coming year with renewed ambition and for many of us, that includes Spring-cleaning.
So, as you are cleaning out your closets and garages, remember that now is also a great time to test your Home Security System. Below is a checklist of recommended tasks that will help strengthen the Security of Your Home.
1. Test All of Your Sensors
- It is recommended that you test your Home Security System at least once a month. Hopefully, if you haven’t already been doing this you can work it into your monthly routine.
- Start by calling your Monitoring Station and place the account on test. You will need your verification information so be sure to have that ready for them.
- Once your account is on test, arm the system to its maximum setting. For the two most popular systems we work with, this would be Away for Honeywell systems, and Doors/Windows, and Motions for G.E. systems.
- Open and close all windows and doors which have sensors attached to them.
- If you have Motion Detectors wait 5 minutes after arming to walk in front of them as they have a three-minute sleep mode.
- You can test the Smoke Detectors by pressing the test button and holding it for about 15 seconds.
- Test your Keyfob panics by pressing the Panic button for Honeywell Keyfobs, and pressing the lock and unlock together for G.E. Keyfobs. (This is also true for WallFobs)
- Medical Pendants should also be included if you have them included in your equipments list. Simply press the button(s) on the pendant to activate the alarm.
- Glassbreak Sensors can be a little trickier as they require the sound of glass breaking. Testing glassbreaks can be accomplished by: aggressively shaking your keys in front of the module, clapping your hands directly in front of the sensor, or even making the glass breaking sound effect with your mouth really close to the sensor. I know it seems silly but it works! LOL
2. General Dusting
- The performance of your Home Security System is most effective when all of the sensors are properly clean and cared for. Be sure to take some time and do some general clean up of the security sensors.
- The first step as always is to place the account on test.
- Remember whenever dealing with electronics it is wise to disconnect the power source. This will not only protect you from shock, but will also help protect the sensor.
- Gently dust the tops of all the sensors on the walls. If needed, use a lightly damp cloth (water) and wipe the dust from the sensor tops.
- When cleaning a Photo-Electric Smoke Detector I’ve always used a vacuum hose to remove the dust particles from the chamber. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s suggested cleaning methods for the most effective results.
- Dust off your Motion Detector and be sure to be careful around the lens. Scratching the lens is uncommon, but if scratching occurs it could reduce performance, so be careful. Read the manufacturer’s suggested cleaning methods for the most effective results.
I hope this helps answer some questions about simple security system maintenance. I really look forward to this coming spring and summer seasons.
Do you have a Spring Cleaning tip that you’d like to share? Please feel free to comment below.
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