Did you know that even the smallest devices can now be part of a smart home security system? Fire and smoke detectors, doorbell cameras, and lights that can link up directly to an app on your phone are all considered smart systems.
Thus, take note of all the devices you already have, from carbon monoxide detectors to keypad entry locks and personalized access codes for each family member.
These little things protect your home when you are away at work every day, or when you and your family are sleeping at night.
So, it is logical to think that they will continue to work and protect your home while you are on that well-deserved and overdue vacation.
Depending on your devices, though, you may want to upgrade some of them, especially if you are going away for a longer period.
Certain smart home devices can be programmed with special routines that can be implemented while you’re away to help ensure that potential threats and would-be robbers don’t know you’re out of the house.
This could be little things like turning the lights on and off at set times during the evening or even turning on a radio or TV so that it sounds like someone is home.
These systems also allow you to monitor and control them from an app on your phone. This way you can check your cameras, thermostat, and other features while sitting by the pool or on the beach.
Linked directly to the alarm monitoring center, any system in your home is routinely monitored. This way, the alarm monitoring center can still detect any issues immediately and deal with them before you even know that there was a problem.
No doubt, you already have enough to worry about when you are preparing for a holiday.
Nevertheless, there are some things you should always remember to do to ensure that your security system is at its optimal best.
Check the batteries. While this may seem obvious, when was the last time you checked the batteries in your smoke detector?
Replacing the batteries regularly, particularly when you are getting ready to go for an extended period, will ensure nothing happens to that sensor or detector while you are gone.
Make sure all doors and windows are secure. Motion detectors in each room are a fantastic way to safeguard and detect intruders.
However, they work the most efficiently when doors and windows are closed properly. You can also get glass break sensors that will alert the security monitoring center if the glass is broken.
Check the light bulbs. If you have outdoor lights that are triggered by movement, or that have been programmed to come on and turn off at certain times, you want to make sure that the bulbs are in good condition and have not burned out.
Set timers. Most smart security system panels will have adjustable settings on them, thus allowing you to program things like lights or the TV to come on at set times and shut off again later. This can normally also be done inside your smartphone app for your security system.
This gives the impression that someone is at home and, therefore, the property is not vacant.
Get a lawn sign stating the name of the alarm company. Often, simply showing potential criminals that your home is protected is a great way of deterring them.
A security alarm lawn sign says that this home is going to be more trouble than they want, thus encouraging them to move along.
Check your thermostat. Check the settings on your thermostat. While you do not need the air conditioning on all the time if you are away in the summer, reducing the temperature or turning off the a/c altogether will save you money and decrease the unit’s risk of a malfunction while you are away.
Alternatively, if you are going away in the winter, ensure that your thermostat is set a little higher to protect against burst pipes due to freezing and then thawing later.
Contact your alarm company. Tell them you will be away and if anyone is expected to stop in to check on the house.
Also, update the access codes with any new users and removing anyone who no longer needs access to your home. This will ensure that only authorized people enter while you are away.
You installed your home alarm system to provide peace of mind and to protect your family and home when you are away.
Every feature you have will ensure a particular aspect is monitored, and when they all work together, they provide excellent coverage and protection of your property.
Checking the smallest details, like changing the batteries and replacing light bulbs, will only help to make sure your system is working at its most optimal.
Even things like updating the app on your phone help to keep you up to date with your system.
As well, letting your alarm company know that you are away for a certain period of time helps them to identify any unexpected visitors and take appropriate action on your behalf.
Contact Canadian Security Professionals to see how we can help you upgrade your system so that you can go on vacation without the extra worry of what might happen to your home in your absence.
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