November 13, 2020
More than 66% of the 2.5 million burglaries reported annually in the United States are home break-ins or break-in attempts.
With nearly 8 million property crimes reported in the United States in 2016 alone, it is no surprise that Americans have become more interested than ever in protecting their homes and loved ones with security systems. When choosing a home security system and solution that is right for you, it is important to keep a few tips in mind regarding batteries and security equipment.
Most home security systems use 12-volt batteries, which may last anywhere from three to four years before needing replacement. Understanding how home security systems work and what to do when you require a new battery can help you protect your home during a power outage or in any situation where your home security system slows or stops responding altogether.
While each home alarm system varies in how it functions and alerts owners of potential issues, hazards, and problems, most security control panels have common alerts when it comes time to replace batteries. Some of the signs that it is time to replace your home security system’s batteries include:
Beeping: Abnormal, consistent, or odd beeping is often a telltale sign that batteries need replacing. Neglecting changing the battery could result in that particular sensor or device losing its effectiveness and leaving that area of the home vulnerable.. As soon as you begin to notice odd beeping coming from your home security system’s access or control panel, take note of the frequency of the beeps, the pitch, as well as whether or not the beeping ceases at any time. If possible, record the beeping to have a better memory when you want to learn more about the sound’s meaning before taking any further action.
LED Displays: LED screens on some home security systems and solutions may also display text such as “Low Batt,” “LB,” or “Low Battery” to help individuals quickly determine when it is time for a battery replacement.
If you are still unsure of whether or not your home security system or control panel requires a battery replacement, refer to your security system’s user’s manual or guide for more information.
Whenever you are investing in new home security equipment and devices, it is important to consider whether or not backup batteries are included or if you are responsible for replacement and backup batteries yourself. Some home security companies provide backup batteries or additional batteries at little to no cost. It will depend on the type of installation you have selected and if your equipment requires standard batteries instead of wireless connections and charging capabilities.
Before choosing a home security system or provider, determine whether or not you need an active landline in your home before you are eligible for monitoring and security services. Some security companies require customers to use a landline, which is directly linked and connected to the control panel and security system itself. As technology continues to expand, newer home security companies can connect you with a monitoring service using wireless technology as long as you have a working and active cellular device.
Are you looking for a reliable, trustworthy, and affordable home security company? Contact Brinks Home™ for more information on security equipment, plans, and individualized solutions.
Jason Stevens is a senior writer for Brinks Home. He is a "tech guy" who enjoys sharing home security and automation tips with others.
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