Do I Need to Upgrade or Replace My Home Security System?
How to tell when it’s time to make a change in your home’s security
Being a form of technology, home security alarm systems change frequently. Each company periodically produces a newer, better product that includes the latest advances in technology. Don’t they all do the same things? Do I really need a new home security system? What advantages does this upgrade and when will I ever use them?
There are a few things to consider when answering these questions. The important thing to remember while answering these questions, however, is that unlike many of the technologies that we use daily for leisure, your home security system ensures you and your family’s safety. This reason makes it one of the most important technologies in your life to keep up-to-date. Here are some ideas to help you better understand if your system is adequate or if it’s time to make a change.
When to upgrade
The time to upgrade your home security service can depend on a couple different factors. You need to evaluate if new technology available will be useful to you and that your home security system is still functioning as well as it did when you first had it installed.
Find out what new technologies your home security service has available and try to image the benefits of those technologies in your life. Some security alarm systems now allow you to activate and deactivate it from your mobile phone. Newer systems can also be synced with your homes heating and cooling system and even garage door. If a new addition would make life easier for you, consider getting an upgrade.
The recommendation for upgrading home security alarm systems is every 5-7 years. Take some time to assess if there are any glitches or issues with your system. Remember that one small issue does not mean that you need to replace the entire home security system, but it may cause malfunction throughout the entire home security system. This means it is very important to regularly check your security alarm system’s function and address and issues immediately.
When to replace
Although many home security systems have lifetime warranties, most do not last more than 10-15 years. This is the point when there are too many little fixes that need to be made, there are big issues with the equipment, or the system is just too old to function with the company’s ever-changing software.
This, of course is another big investment that should not be taken lightly. Go through the similar steps you took when you first purchased and installed your home security system. Check with your current home security service to see if they offer special prices or deals for current customers who need replacements. If you were unhappy with your service, want a better price or just want to see what else is out there, check out other local home security service providers and select one that will better fit your needs and safety concerns.
A highly-tuned and efficient system is crucial to your home safety. Letting issues compile may seem unimportant now, because you don’t want to commit the time or money or for any other reason, but in the event of an emergency, you will be glad you took the extra step to keep your home secure.