4 Signs It’s Time To Upgrade Your Existing Home Security System
Your home may be a once-in-a-lifetime purchase; your home security system is not. Just because you invested in a top-of-the-line security system five or ten years ago, it doesn’t mean that system is still capable of providing impeccable security today. The unfortunate truth is that criminals are always developing more sophisticated ways to force entry into homes. So even systems that are a few years old may be vulnerable now. Here, we’ll list four signs that will let you know that it’s time to upgrade your existing home security system before it’s too late:
One of the most basic –– and essential –– elements to a working home security system is the camera setup. It’s difficult to overstate just how important cameras are to keeping your home safe. Blurry security footage and/or camera malfunctions can undermine an entire system. What’s worse, many old cameras aren’t capable of producing high-quality images anyway. Nor can old systems send automatic alerts when someone activates a motion-detection sensor around your home. Lastly, it’s possible that you might not have enough cameras. After all, outdoor cameras are only so effective. If you have regular visitors in your house –– like babysitters or construction crews –– then you should consider investing in a few indoor cameras as well.
Older security systems tend to rely on physical wires that connect to a phone line. These wires present a problem because they can become compromised over time, or, crafty thieves may cut exposed wires in order to gain entry to a building. On the plus side, integrating an existing security system with cloud-based features can add a crucial, extra layer of protection.
If you are only able to access your home security system in person, then you’re overdue for an update. Modern security systems allow users to monitor their home and arm or disarm an alarm from anywhere. For example, our app incorporates home-security features in a single, convenient app. This way, users will always know when a problem has occurred, and, even better, they’ll be able to do something about it. Modern security systems are capable of providing a deeper level of peace of mind for customers who travel frequently, or who want to go on vacation without worrying about their home security.
An alarm is not the same as a complete home security system. Instead, it is just a single tool within a wider range of other products. When you access your home security system on your phone, you should be able to do more than just turn your alarm on and off. For full coverage, home security systems should allow users to:
- access surveillance videos,
- lock your doors,
- close your garage,
- adjust the thermostat,
- turn lights on/off in and outside of your home.
An older home security system simply won’t be able to offer these features –– not to mention other emergency or hazard-detection products for carbon monoxide or flooding for instance.
Not only can upgrading your existing home security system keep you and your family safe from criminal activity, but it could help you save money on insurance and utilities bills too. At Alamo, we have years of experience working in Texas –– so we know what our customers need and what they value most. Whether you’re looking for a few updates or a comprehensive security overhaul, we’ve got you covered. Contact us here for more information.