You've signed the paperwork and gotten the keys. As you take the first steps into your new home — the biggest investment of your life — the first thing you notice when you walk in is an existing security system. Hooray? Or not so much?
When you purchase a home that has a security system already installed, it can be difficult to know what to do. You have a few options: remove the system and replace it with a new one, reactivate the existing equipment, or merge the current system with a new one.
If you do nothing else, the first thing to do is change the code to a combination only you know. Keeping the same one the previous owners used is a lot like not changing the locks. It probably won't be a problem, but why take the chance? Next, explore your options to decide what to do.
When to replace a system
Spend a little time researching the age of the security system. Most sensors have a lifespan of 10 to 20 years. If you have a decade-old system, consider replacing it. If your existing system is more than 20 years old, there's no question — replace it with a new, modern system.
If the security system in your home is relatively new, arm the system and test it out. Open any doors and windows with sensors to see if they trigger the alarm. If something isn't working properly, it could be an isolated problem, but it might also point to an issue with the overall security system.
A final consideration is compatibility. If you want to outfit your system with more modern devices, make sure it plays nicely with any smart home devices you want to add. If not, you will need to replace it with a security system with wider compatibility.
When to upgrade an existing security system
Upgrading a system doesn't necessarily mean getting rid of your current equipment. Depending on the age and type, Xfinity Home can integrate existing equipment into their own system. For example, upgrading to Xfinity Home might let you utilize the sensors already in place.
Upgrade your system if it lacks any of the major components of a modern home security system. While door and window sensors are useful, they aren't enough. Adding security cameras, a central control panel, and motion-activated outdoor lighting can give your home a lot more security — and give you more peace of mind.
Merging an existing system with a new service
Existing security system equipment lets you save money on installation and set up costs, but you can always make improvements by merging the system with a new service. In addition to upgrading to a new control panel and expanding your security system to include security cameras and motion sensors, you should also invest in professional monitoring. No matter how robust your security system is, it will do little good if no one knows when it's triggered. With 24/7 monitoring, your home will always be protected, even if you aren't there.
Discovering an old security system in your new home that's in good working order is like hitting the jackpot. Whether you decide to replace, upgrade, or merge it, Xfinity Home can help you create a smart home security system that meets your needs.