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Tips to cut down on false alarms in Washington DC

June 17, 2022

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False alarms may become a legitimate problem for home security systems. Not only do they erode the faith you have in your installation, but they may be a pain to resolve. Luckily, you can do some things to lessen the frequency of false alarms from your Washington DC sensors and alarms.

To begin, make sure that everything is installed correctly. This might sound like a no-brainer, but it frequently happens that overlooked user errors result in false alarms. For the next step, keep an eye on possible causes of false alarms, like entry points that may be kept unsecured by accident. And of course, feel free to use the various options like home automation and geotracking to cut down on false alarms in Washington DC.

Is it really that easy? Read on and discover for yourself.

Can you avoid false alarms in Washington DC?

Like diagnosing any concern, the first thing to do is read the owner’s instruction booklet. Ensure all alarms and sensors are installed appropriately on your end by:

  • Running a checkup through your smart hub touchscreen.
  • Manually inspect each sensor to ensure it didn't become dislodged or need a battery change.
  • Look over your schedules and presets to make sure that your system isn’t engaging at inopportune times.
  • Ensure all recently added smart implements are installed properly and aren't conflicting with your system.

Call your Vivint agent if you continue to have trouble cutting down false alarms in your Washington DC home. They'll be happy to schedule a trained expert to check your setup.

Check your doors and windows

When your configuration checks out OK, the subsequent course of action is to thoroughly inspect your residence. Are your doors and widows closed tightly, or do you find some mistakenly ajar? If an entrance remains unlatched, it might trip a sensor. If it just so happens that your clan consistently forgets to close a door, you might want to install a smart locking system that locks automatically when your system is activated. Regrettably, windows require extra manual maintenance, mainly if you have a loved one who prefers to sleep with an open window. Fortunately, your Vivint installation makes it simple to turn off that device while protecting the remaining areas of the residence.

Home automation is an effective technique to cut down on false alarms in Washington DC

One of the best methods to minimize the chance of false alarms is to integrate home automation into your security system. By using your Vivint app, you can:

  • Set a schedule to disarm when you’re in the house and prevent false alarms that result from mistakenly opening doors or windows. You can then program the alarm to automatically set again that evening when you’re asleep.
  • Set your home security to disarm as your smart locking mechanism is triggered with the proper number combination.
  • Set geotracking to turn on your alarm as you exit the driveway, then turn off when you return.
  • Receive smartphone updates when your implements detect unusual motion or need a battery change.
  • Connect your equipment to a smart home speaker, so you are able to disarm and arm your system without the mobile app or smart home hub.

Cut down on false alarms in Washington DC when you get a Vivint smart home system

An enhanced level of control over your home security means less chance of false alarms. To build your Vivint smart home, contact (202) 780-3214 or submit the form below.