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April 05, 2019

What You Need to Know About Security System Maintenance

home security maintenance tips

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so the saying goes. The same holds true for your security system. Your system may be less effective if any part of it needs maintenance, or repairs. You can take a proactive approach to security system maintenance and make sure your home security system is in proper, working order. Follow these home security best practices to make sure your home is protected.

1. Check the door and window sensors

One of the most important parts of your home security alarm maintenance is checking the perimeter defenses — in other words, maintaining your door and window sensors. These trigger your alarm and let you know if suspicious activity is detected — or whether or not your teen made curfew. Check to be sure that these sensors are securely connected and adhered properly to your home.

2. Test your alarm system battery

Most security systems connect to your home's power grid, but they often have a backup battery as well. This alarm system backup battery ensures that everything remains up and running, even when your home is without power. When the batteries in your controller, door and window sensors, carbon monoxide detectors, and smoke alarms are close to expiring, a low-battery alert will display on your subscriber portal, Touchscreen Controller, and the Xfinity Home app. Make sure you have replacement batteries on hand, and replace any low batteries within two weeks of receiving the alert.

3. Inspect your security cameras

Think of the last time you took a selfie with a dirty camera lens. It probably didn't turn out well, and neither will the video from your security camera if the lens is not clean. When you walk around your home, clean the camera lenses to ensure you've got a clear picture if anything triggers the motion sensors. You should also make sure no branches or plants are obstructing the view of the camera.

You'll know whether there is a problem with one of the cameras when you check your live feed. If you find you just don't have as great of a view of that side of your home, simply clear the area around the camera, or move the camera to gain a better perspective.

4. Make sure all exterior lights function properly

The lights around the outside of your home make it easier for you to see when you're outside in the evenings, but they also eliminate potential hiding spots for burglars. A well-lit home is a safer home, so make sure all of the lights you have set up outside your home work properly, and change out any dead bulbs. You should also investigate whether or not the motion sensors on the lights respond quickly.

5. Get annual inspections

It's always a good idea to have a professional inspect your security system once each year. A trained technician knows what problems to look for and can better ensure your equipment is working properly.

For more maintenance and troubleshooting tips, contact Xfinity Home. Keep your system in tip-top shape, and it will work hard to keep you and your home safe.