How To Avoid False Alarms On Your Security System

False alarms can be both annoying and expensive, since some municipalities fine homeowners if their alarm system misfires. You can avoid false alarms by choosing the right type of system and then managing it properly. The following tips can help.

Tip #1: Choose indoor sensors wisely

Motion detectors are a common sensor used in residential alarms, but they aren't always the best option. First and foremost, indoor detectors should only be used when no one is home so the alarm isn't accidentally tripped. If you have pets, you may not want to use detectors at all, or you may choose to only use them in areas where the pets aren't allowed. Curtains moving when the AC kicks on or other items that can move in a slight breeze can also lead to false alarms. If you skip motion sensors, you can still use window and door sensors to detect an intruder.  

Tip #2: Get a backup system

The best alarm systems have battery backup. This is for two reasons – first, it means the alarm still works even if power is cut to the home; second, it prevents a false alarm from going out during the event of a power outage. Although your system may have battery backup, it does no good if the batteries are dead. Check the batteries regularly and replace them as needed. Also, most alarms are now wireless, which means they can communicate to the alarm company even if phone lines are cut. Testing the alarm once monthly is a must to make sure these systems are working properly. Your alarm company will inform you of normal testing protocols.

Tip #3: Know your window sensors

Window sensors can be the biggest cause of a false alarm since you may throw open a window without even thinking about disarming the system. Make sure everyone in the house knows where the sensors are and how to disable the system when they want to open a window. It's also possible to have two sensors installed, which allows you to open a window a crack while still having the alarm activated.

Tip #4: Schedule some practice time

Most alarm companies have a practice policy in place. What this means is you call the alarm system and let them know you will be testing the alarm and learning how to use it. Then, you proceed to have everyone practicing arming and disarming the alarm. When you are done, you call the company back and let them know your practice session is over. 

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Tele-Plus.