When you moved into your home, you installed a new security system thinking it would last forever. While the bones of the system are probably fine, outmoded technology might be limiting its effectiveness. If your system is 20 years old, it may not have all of the features and capabilities now available. Like computers and smartphones, security systems need to be updated and maintained to stay functional.
REPLACE OR UPGRADE?
The brains of your security system is the control panel. Replacing the existing keypad and control panel is often sufficient to give you the newer features you might be seeking. If the hardwiring and software used in the doors and window contacts are in working order, they may not need to be replaced. Motion detector and glass-break detector wiring is also reusable. However, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every 5-10 years.
A benefit to updating an existing alarm system is the addition of new features, including wireless interface. Modernizing the system to include a wireless receiver will allow for stress-free security system expansion in the future. You would simply add a new wireless door/window contact, wireless motion detector or any other wireless security sensor you wanted. With the wireless interface, if you ever choose to update or expand your security system in the future the addition of extra security sensors is all you need. There is no need for costly hardwired installations or the need to tear up your home’s walls to run new wires. The new system will give you interactive digital control of your home and security system using your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
You can make an appointment with a Delco Alarm System technician to check your existing security system and let you know what, if any, components are in need of upgrading.
Making the decision to upgrade an existing security system over reinstalling a complete security system can ultimately save hundreds or even thousands of dollars over the cost of a completely new security system. Our technicians are experienced in enhancing existing hardwired security systems into a system that is up-to-date and efficient. They can work with almost any existing security system brand.
If you have any questions about residential or commercial alarm systems, or would like an appointment to have your current system inspected, call Delco Alarm Systems at 610-459-9100.