As we begin to wind down summer and storm season, a few of us may have experienced power outages. We accept these moments as part of the storms and keep a stock of batteries and candles for the occasion just in case. Have you ever wondered what happens to a home security system when the power goes out? There are different scenarios that depend on the type of connection the system uses. Let’s highlight some examples of security system connections and find out how to keep things up and running during a power outage, if possible.
Home Security System Connections
There are a couple of different ways your security system connects to your alarm monitoring company. Your system relies on either the internet, telephone landline, or a cellular connection. Thankfully, most of these have a backup battery in the case of an outage. Still, a battery is only good for a few hours.
- Cellular: This is the most dependable source for security system connections. It connects using the same signal that your cellphone uses, meaning it doesn’t rely on your home power source.
- Telephone landline: Using your telephone’s landline for your home security means it still works since it is not your home’s power source, as long as lines are not damaged.
- Internet: If your security system runs off of your internet service, then a power outage knocks this service out too.
Plan Ahead for a Power Outage
When you are in an area that is prone to storm seasons, you already know to be prepared. Having emergency supplies on hand to care for the family comes naturally. However, don’t forget to prepare your home security system too. No matter what type of service you have, be sure there is a backup source to keep it up and running. Whether it’s a battery or generator that supplies the power, it needs a backup source. It is important to conduct regular testing of your system and its backup battery. You need to be able to depend on it when the time comes that you really need it.
Keep in mind that battery backup power is not enough to keep your cameras working unless you get individual battery sources. However, it is enough to trigger sensors with a break-in, smoke detector, or carbon monoxide detector. Keep in mind your keyless lock systems too. They have a battery also that needs to be kept in working order.
Recovery After the Outage
Hopefully, the outage is not going to last for an extensive period. When power comes on, the beeping from your control panel is a common occurrence. Most get silenced by entering your code and resetting your panel. Most systems require that you disconnect the backup battery in order to reset the system. Consult your manual or call your security company if the problem persists. Once your power returns and the system resets, your backup batteries should recharge.
Reliable Security Systems and Alarm Monitoring
When you live in an area known for storm seasons, don’t take it lightly. Many times we become calloused to hearing about impending storms coming. We either think it’s not going to be as bad as predicted, or we don’t prepare far enough in advance. This isn’t to say you need to overreact either. Know what your home needs in the possibility of being without power for a day or two, especially in regards to your home security. Your system will have devices that continue to work and others that may not.
At Core Home Security, we want you to stay protected at all times. When you need help preparing your home security system for a storm, we have tips for checking things out. We assist in making sure it is in good running order in the case of an emergency or power outage. Don’t wait until it is too late. Storms are a regular occurrence during our summer months, and there is no reason not to prepare. Let us help you. Call us today!