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The Basics of Testing Your Indianapolis Security System

08/11/2016

If something goes wrong with your smartphone, your fridge, or your car, you know almost immediately. However, if something goes wrong with your Indianapolis security system, you may not know until it’s too late. 

For Indianapolis homeowners and business owners alike, you should be testing your security system on a regular basis, just as you’d test a smoke detector. Not only does doing so ensure your people and assets are safe, but makes sure you’re getting the most out of your security investment.

Let’s go over a few of the basics of testing your system so you can rest a little easier in Indy.

Why Do I Need To Test My Security System?

Let’s face it: there’s no such thing as a perfect machine. The most advanced technology can fail to function for a variety of reasons, and security systems are no different. That’s why regular functionality tests on your security system are in your best interests.

There are multiple reasons why a security system may fail to function properly. Individual sensors on points of entry can fail, or your entire system’s connection to a central station may be out. Any of these can occur over time, by accident, or due to a malicious act by a would-be intruder.

How Often Should I Test My Security System?

For nearly all home and business security systems, we recommend testing security functions at least once a month. Some security system models may recommend testing at slightly different intervals, in which case you should follow the manufacturer’s suggestion.

Of course, there are special occasions after which you should always test your system:

  • After power outages, whether they are prolonged or short, and whether or not they were due to storms, power surges, or simply overloading a circuit.
  • After any big home improvement project, especially if it includes home rewiring or construction on doors, windows or walls where wiring may run.
  • After you have home services providers inside your home. These could include remodelers, utility workers, or even simple meter readers. Strangers to your home can accidentally damage or impair your system without knowing it.

How Do I Test My Security System? 

Nearly every home security system will have a preferred method of testing it, which you can always find in your operator’s manual. If you’re without a manufacturer’s instructions, it’s best to call your security provider and have them walk you through the process.

Keep in mind that you want to test every part of your system’s functionality, including each and every one of your sensors, both indoor and outdoor, as well as the system’s ability to communicate with your central station. If you use a key fob or mobile security app to interact with your system, be sure you test functionality on those as well. 

For most security systems, you will likely have a “TEST” or “READY” mode, which should let you test specific points of entry which your system covers. Access one of these modes and open each door, window or other access point to test motion sensors.

Does Your System Pass The Test? 

Now that you’ve seen the benefits of regular security system tests, you’re ready with a plan to keep your Indianapolis home or business secure for years to come. If you need some guidance on best practices for your security, or if you think you might be due for a system upgrade, we’d love to help.

Call Guardhouse Security of Indianapolis at 317-662-2095 today to schedule a free security assessment and make sure all your security gaps are filled. If you want to see where else there might be holes in your Indianapolis home security, take our free Security Audit.