When to Update Windows and Doors for Better Security

When to Update Windows and Doors for Better Security

Your home should be an oasis, a place of peace and comfort in your hectic life. That is why one of the best investments you can make for your house is proper security. When it comes to home invasions, your doors and windows often serve as the first line of defense. Both of these entryways have been notorious entry points for intruders. Out of all the home burglaries in the United States, about 40% occur when homeowners leave their doors or windows unlocked. While this may seem alarming, the good news is that you can drastically change the likelihood of your house being broken into by simply knowing when to update your windows and doors. 

Increasing your home security and assessing when to update your windows and doors doesn’t need to be complicated. In fact, even simple measures can help deter thieves.

Accessing the Current Security Systems 

When accessing your security systems, ask yourself this question, “how many years has this system been in use?” If your existing alarm set has been in use for about five years, your alarms will still function well with outdated systems, but if your answer is over five years, it may be time to reassess. 

Residential security systems on average have a lifespan of 10 years, and if your alarm is close to this benchmark, there is a high chance it is not working properly. Additionally, some analog security systems may not integrate well with new IP security cameras and modern smart home devices. 

If your system is around 10 years old, it is best to consider its lifespan, features, and your current security needs to decide whether or not to replace them. 

Making Manual Updates to Your Smart Home Security Systems

Assessing the age of your system sometimes is not enough, your residential security system needs to be updated to match the latest version of the program. Updating your system manually can be expensive, time-consuming, and hard to figure out. 

These reasons alone leave many people foregoing necessary updates to their system. However, what many don’t realize is that ignoring a security update can leave your security system vulnerable to threats. There is an easier option, though. Modern systems generally use automatic updates or firmware upgrades to apply system fixes quickly with no hassle for you. If you are unsure if your system is automatically updating, consult with a local security professional, or contact the supplier of your system to find out. 

Moving Into a New Home? 

When moving into a new house, there are certain precautions you would need to take. First and foremost, it is always a good idea to change the locks on the doors to prevent an old tenant from being able to enter. If the door has a keypad, remember to change the code to a new one. 

If your residential security system is updated, your home may already have multiple smart home features like security cameras, smoke detectors, door/window motion sensors, sirens, etc. While these devices are a plus, they may or may not cover all of your security needs. 

Before continuing with your current security plan, write down your ideal plan for home security and evaluate whether or not your current security system meets those needs. Need an extra opinion? Consult with a local security company that can provide recommendations for security needs specific to your home and neighborhood. 

Professional Alarm Installation

Have you recently had a window replaced in your home? Well if that window previously had window sensors, manufacturers recommend that you also replace the window alarm. Only the alarm technicians are licensed and experienced in reconnecting alarms to new windows. After all, you wouldn’t want to trust an alarm technician installing your windows, so why would you want a window installer reconnecting your alarms?  

Aside from safety concerns, legal issues may arise if the window company installed the alarm incorrectly. For example, if the alarm does not sound during a break-in, the window company may end up in a lawsuit. As a rule of thumb, always be sure to have an alarm expert install and test the alarm system that goes with your window replacement.

Different Window Styles

In addition to window replacement, issues can arise in home alarm systems when you change the style of your window as well. If you were to change your window from a single hung window to a double-hung window, you will need to modify the alarm system to include extra wire and a gift for the top sash. Typically in a single hung window, the wires are only installed to the bottom sash of the window. Another example is changing from a double hang to a casement window, you have a new operating system for your window. Thus, you will need to upgrade to a completely different alarm system. When in doubt about when to make upgrades, it is wise to always consult with your local security professionals to ensure your safety is not being affected by your home upgrades. 

Taking the Next Step In Securing Your Home

It can be tricky to know when it is necessary to know when to update your windows and doors. Even if your security seems to be working, you want to be positive it will work when it is needed. At Coggin Security, we offer a variety of state-of-the-art commercial and residential security solutions, from 24/7 off-site and remote video monitoring to access control to fire protection to custom entertainment solutions. Our smart home automation solutions can set you up for the future, bridging comfort and security to help you seamlessly protect what matters most.  We are here to make the decision easier with trustworthy experts who can guide you through the decision-making process. Keeping your home and business safe and secure has never been easier – contact Coggin Security for a free consultation about the best security systems in Myrtle Beach, SC, today!