Your New Security Alarm System – Winter Tips

Home Security - Winter TipsWith a new year, many people may be reviewing their bills and, more importantly, their assets having had to look at their financial paperwork for taxes anyway. There are a number of benefits for people to consider installing an alarm system at this time of year. We’ll outline a few of them. However, the cold months also create some challenges for the sensors and for new users, so we’ll also touch on those issues.

Benefits of a Professionally-Installed Security Alarm System

For many people, home security systems are supposed to reduce the possibility of burglars or other criminal intruders from making off with valuables, including jewelry and electronics. Modern equipment does this very well: in addition to the normal door sensors, professional alarm system installation technicians can also include pressure sensors to identify thieves traipsing through certain areas and microphones that identify when window panes shatter. Along with those sensors, many families and businesses may also consider other factors.

After all, crime is not the only threat that a home or business can face where a home security system can help. Thanks to remote monitoring and updates in technology, freezing temperatures don’t have to mean coming home to a flooded basement. Modern alarm systems include options for moisture sensors that can be used to detect standing water due to pipes cracking. Even before that calamity occurs, temperature sensors set to notify homeowners and monitoring services of low temperatures can prevent problems.

Precipitation and Sensor Interference

Many people with garages have them installed with sensors mounted a few inches above the floor. If a person or object breaks up the beam between the two devices, the garage door will not go down as a safety measure. This same technology is used in beam sensors and homeowners and business people should be aware of the possibility of rain or snow affecting the detection systems.

Be sure to consult with an experienced home security consultant on whether or not it is important to wipe down cameras or if there are any other care instructions to ensure that the system is operating correctly.

Freezing Temperatures

A related concern from precipitation including snow and rain is the accumulation of ice. Home security systems in Bucks County that rely on cameras can have difficulties if a frost comes and blocks the lens. Depending on the construction of other sensors, it may also affect the recognition of window glass breaking as the sound is somewhat similar to that of a sheet of ice breaking apart. Again, it is important to consult with the company installing the alarm system to see if there are any weather issues.

Daylight Savings Time and More

Most people don’t keep almanacs around these days, but the fact that the sun sets earlier in the day during the winter months is well-known. What may be less obvious is that issues with scheduling outdoor lighting systems can have problems with Daylight Savings Time that can be compounded by the hour at which the sun sets.

In the summer, the latest that it becomes dark is roughly around 8 p.m. in Bucks County. However, when the clocks “fall back,” that does not account for the fact that the sun will still set as early as about 5 p.m. and the skies will start darkening even earlier in some cases. It is important to make sure that if you have your lights set to turn on at night to dissuade intruders, the schedule accounts for the changes in sunlight that occur in winter.

Making New Habits

Whether this is the first time you’ve had a security alarm system or have decided to upgrade, the one thing that manufacturers cannot fully account for is the human element. Specifically, a large number of successful intrusions occur not because of any fault with the alarms or sensors, but because the system was not even turned on.

Considering many people need to wear gloves because of the cold, it may be easy to have them on and out the door before remembering to arm one’s alarm. For those who are planning to get their first home security system this winter, be sure to include it in your daily routine.

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