Top Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Home Security

As the weather starts to warm up, spring cleaning begins to come to mind for most people. Deep cleaning and decluttering your home is a great start, but If you’re a homeowner with a security system, spring cleaning goes beyond sanitizing and removing clutter from your home—it also involves security system maintenance.

Below, we list some indoor and outdoor spring cleaning tips for better home security.

Outdoor Home Security

Home security starts with your property’s exterior. Consider the following tips when giving your system a spring refresh:

  • Check all lighting around the outside of your home. This means double-checking all bulbs and batteries in case replacements are needed.
  • Ensure the address numbers for your home are properly positioned and painted on your front curb and/or the front of your house. This ensures both are visible for responders in case of an emergency.
  • Examine all outdoor security cameras. If you live in an area with extreme winter weather, inspect all cameras outside your home. Snow and harsh weather conditions may have damaged cameras. Clean all camera lenses with a soft cloth and tighten all mounts.
  • Maintain your home’s landscaping. This includes trimming back bushes to eliminate potential hiding spots for intruders. Also, inspect and repair any damage to fences or other outside boundaries.

Indoor Home Security

Once you’ve secured your home’s exterior, it’s time to check the interior. This means:

  • Checking all window and door locks. Inspect all window and door locks. If any locks seem loose, tighten or replace them. Additionally, clean all windows. The better you can see, the safer you’ll be.
  • Cleaning security equipment. This includes all camera lenses and light fixtures. Not only will you be able to see clearer, dust and dirt can cause equipment operating issues in the future.
  • Emptying fireplaces. If you have a wood fireplace in your home, discard any ash and clean the grate. Additionally, call a chimney cleaner to ensure the flue is clear.
  • Refreshing batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, three out of five residential fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Check the batteries to all detectors and replace them as needed. Then, test all detectors by pressing and holding the test button. After a few seconds, you should hear a loud, piercing siren.

Test Your System

After you’ve cleaned and inspected your home security features, it’s time to test your system.

Steps can vary depending on the model and manufacturer of your control panel. If you are unsure what kind of panel you have, please contact our Central Station for assistance. Below are general steps to consider for different types of panels:

Honeywell Vista 15P of 20P:

  1. Call Central Station to let them know you will be testing your system.
  2. Ensure your system is disarmed and all doors and windows are closed. The green ready light will appear.
  3. Enter your master code followed by the “5 Test” button.
  4. The external sounder should sound for 1 second. “Test in Progress” should appear on keypad once test is initiated.
  5. Activate all doors and windows by opening them, walking in front of motion sensors. When things are activated you will hear a sound on your keypad.
  6. End the test by entering your master code and pressing the “1 off” button.
  7. Call Central Station back to ensure your system is transmitting a proper signal.

2GIG:

  1. Call Central Station to let them know you will be testing your system.
  2. Locate the Security button on your screen and tap.
  3. Press the menu key, followed by the toolbox button.
  4. To access the system test, enter the master user code.
  5. At the Toolbox screen, tap System Test.
  6. Call Central Station back to ensure your system is transmitting a proper signal.

Qolsys:

  1. Call Central Station to let them know you will be testing your system.
  2. Swipe down on your home screen to locate the settings button.
  3. Press the Settings button, and then tap advanced settings.
  4. To access the system test, enter the master user code.
  5. At the Toolbox screen, tap System Test.
  6. Call Central Station back to ensure your system is transmitting a proper signal.

Use these spring cleaning tips to keep your home security system fresh and operational. If you have any questions, please contact RAC or visit www.RichmondAlarm.com for more information.