One of the many things property owners must take care of regularly is their security system, ensuring it is functioning properly and being updated as needed. If you’re wondering how often you should update your system, there is no particular right or wrong answer. What you should do with your system will depend on what kind of equipment you have. Our team has gathered the best information on what to do with your old security system when the time comes to update or make a change.
Examining Your System
The first step in updating your existing security system is to evaluate whether or not your system needs an upgrade. You may decide to purchase a new system from a security company, but incorporating your old equipment into a new system can be easy and affordable. When examining your system, you will want to look for the following:
- Poor or aged-out wiring
- Damaged or deteriorated internal hardware
- Weather damage
- Software and IP address conflicts
- Unstable network
The average person can identify some of these issues, such as broken equipment, but we recommend reaching out to your current or future security company. A professional will usually be sent to inspect your current system and provide solutions for updating or replacing your system.
Whether you conduct an inspection on your own or with a professional, here are some factors to consider.
Age and Endurance
Most experts say the average lifespan of a wired security system is about ten years, and once it passes this mark, there is a high chance that the system will not function reliably. It also means that some companies will charge higher prices for repairing the older, out-of-date system.
Each part of the system has a different lifespan. Some parts of your security system—like the wiring—can last 50 to 70 years if installed correctly. However, in the world of evolving technology, security cameras, digital video recorders, and software systems are at risk of becoming outdated quickly or failing due to age.
It is essential to think about what you want out of a security system and the unique challenges you face at your home or business. . When you’re searching for the system that best fulfills your needs, you must consider security system features like:
- Entry Sensors
- Motion Sensors
- Sirens and Alarms
- Security Cameras
The features you need depend on the size of your property, the number of “points of access,” and what you are monitoring your space for. For bigger spaces—like business establishments and office areas—it would be wise to install a number of security cameras with motion detectors inside and outside the building by the doors and windows. If you are moving towards building your dream smart home, wireless systems that include entry sensors and window sensors that activate monitor features would be a great and convenient addition to protecting your property.
Service and Costs of Contracts
Many alarm companies often lock customers in long-term contracts, two to three years of professional monitoring services along with monthly fees. To ensure you will be satisfied with the services, ask about everything included in their packages, read customer reviews, compare prices between different companies, and negotiate with the company when possible.
When inquiring about the details of their services, you should also check the following:
- Total cost of activation and monthly fees
- Termination date and renewal options
- Warranties and after-sales service
Updating Your System
Benefits of a New Security System
Improving your security system is easier than it seems. The simplest solution would be to upgrade to a system with a quality digital video recorder or DVR. Modern recorders encompass many features through hardware design and software functionality, such as added channels, backward compatibility, remote streaming, high-quality footage, and greater storage. In the most recent technology, you have a convenient control panel and can monitor security footage via mobile apps, which could help you save on monthly monitoring fees or have your property monitored by a third-party person.
How You Can Start
Your first question may be, “Can I replace the system and software and use existing wired security cameras I already own?” The answer would be yes, and the replacement can be useful for those seeking systems that effectively store data. Although finding software that aligns with your older cameras can be a little challenging, adapters and transceivers can come in handy. Implementing new software sets can be a small step towards investing in newer-age cameras in the future.
Remove the old system and replace it with a system that bears the same wiring and security cover. Typically, new security systems are designed with a pre-installed configuration file or include a small drive that allows the user to upload data through the configuration process.
A Safer Tomorrow Starts Here
Your property can be protected well with an updated security system. Those upgrades can look different from system to system, depending on what you own and what new features your property may need. If you don’t know what to do with an old security system, replacing your technology can seem challenging, but it’s much easier than you think. Keeping your property safe is a big priority, so having a great alarm system is necessary.
Mesa Alarm Systems can create customized security system solutions for your home or business. We’ve been serving the Greater Houston Area since 1990, and we are committed to delivering the finest surveillance and alarm systems to your home and giving you peace of mind. Whether you just moved into a new home or attending to your business’ security needs, our experts can access your needs and create solutions that address your worries. Contact us today to get started with a free consultation!