Residential Security & Alarm System FAQs

We know that selecting a security system that meets your needs requires a thorough knowledge of the options you have available. To help you out, the team at Lexington Alarm Systems has compiled a list of some common questions and answers about security systems and their capabilities.

Home Security: Frequently Asked Questions

Are you considering a home security system but don’t know where to start? Check out our list of common security system questions and answers below:

What Should I Look for When Buying a Home Security System?

Choosing the right home security system is key to feeling safe whether you’re at home or away from your house. When conducting your search, make sure any alarm systems you’re considering have the following:

  • Their own mobile app
  • Professional monitoring  
  • Usability
  • Expandability
  • An intuitive design

What Are the Different Types of Home Security Systems?

As a homeowner, you can choose from several different types of home alarm systems, including setups with  one or more of the following features:

  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Home monitoring

Do I Need a Monitored Security System? 

monitored security system adds a layer of support to your alarms to help you keep your property safe. When determining whether you need a monitored security system, it’s important to know what this designation means.

In a non-monitored system, you may receive an automated notification on your phone or be alerted by a loud noise if something triggers the alarm. However, you will not benefit from the support of a monitoring center equipped with personnel who will call the authorities for you. 

With a monitored security system, your security is much less dependent on your ability to respond to an alert. With a security team behind you, someone will act on an alarm even when you aren’t home or can’t answer your phone. 

How Often Should My Alarm System Be Inspected?

It’s best to test your smoke detectors and fire alarms at least once a month — this is as easy as pushing the “test” button on your system.

You may also want to check the manufacturing date on the back of the smoke detector, as most of these alarms have a lifespan of 10 years. As for the rest of your security system, testing once a month is recommended. Aim to test the system after any of the following:

  • Resolving a beeping system
  • Inside or outside renovations are completed
  • You make changes to your Internet provider or connectivity
  • You’ve had a babysitter, house sitter or pet sitter in your home

Can I View My Security Cameras From My Smartphone? 

Yes. Once you have set up your security system by connecting the cameras to the NVR or DVR, you should have video displaying from each camera on a monitor. 

Next, enable remote viewing for your home’s security cameras. All security camera recorders are equipped with a web server that is continually functioning when the recorder is powered up. This server will allow viewing over the Internet or local area network. 

If the Power Goes Out, Will My Security System Still Work?

Yes. Security systems, like landline phones, will continue to work even when the power goes out. Why? If your home security system operates over traditional phone lines and is powered by the phone company — and its batteries are working properly — it will still perform during a power outage.

However, if the phone lines go down, some systems may lose their connection to the monitoring station. In these cases, you have the option to set up a cellular communication system that can maintain the connection. The cellular network communication will continue to transmit data as long as the system has power.  

Can My Pet Trigger the Motion Detector?

No. When motion detectors offer pet immunity and are correctly mounted, it’s unlikely pets will set them off. 

However, if a motion sensor was mounted poorly or does not feature pet immunity, there is a chance that your pet will set off the alarm.  

What Happens If There Is a False Alarm?

There is always a chance of a false alarm when your home security system is triggered. If you aren’t able to determine if the alarm was activated in error and disarm it in a short period, emergency responders will likely show up at your door to make sure everything is okay.

To keep false alarm mishaps to a minimum, ensure you arm and disarm your home security system appropriately and choose reliable equipment. 

Request a Quote for a Free Security Consultation Today

Home security systems can help you protect your property, dramatically improve physical safety and provide the peace of mind of knowing you and your loved ones are safe. We hope our insider tips made it easier to choose an affordable and effective system from the many options on the market today. 

If you have any questions that have not been addressed in any of the FAQs or need help choosing the right home security equipment, please reach out to a Lexington Alarm Systems representative, and we will be happy to assist you. You can also request a quote for a free security consultation online. Our sales team will reach out to talk to you about your security needs, visit your property and develop a personalized quote.