Fall Cleaning Tips: Don't Forget About Your Security System

As you prepare your house for fall and the back-to-school season, now is a great time to give your house a nice cleaning, just like you do in the spring. As you prepare your home for the fall, make sure that you don't forget to clean and take care of your home security systems.

Security Cameras

If you have security cameras set up to monitor your home, the outside of your security cameras as well as the lenses can get dirty over time as dust accumulates on them. Wipe down the outside of your camera with an all-purpose cleaning wipe to remove the dirt and grime that has built-up on the outside of your camera. Then, use either a micro-fiber lint-free cloth or feather duster to get rid of the remaining dust on your camera. Next, take a window cleaner and put a little squirt of the cleaner on the lens of your camera and wipe the lens clean with a lint-free cloth as well.

Finally, check your video feed and make sure that the images are still clear. If the images look blurred or streaky at all, you'll want to re-clean the lenses again until you get a clear view on your security feeds. If you have questions about any of these cleaning supplies, check out http://www.benscleaner.com.

Window & Door Sensors

If you have sensors on the windows and doors in your home that accompany your security system, you'll want to make sure that you clean them as well. Too much dust and dirt on your sensors can interfere with their effectiveness. To clean them, just wipe them off with the micro-fiber lint-free cloth or feather duster you used to clean your security cameras.

Carbon Dioxide Monitors & Fire Alarms.

Many modern surveillance systems now incorporate fire alarms and carbon dioxide monitors into the mix as well. It is a good idea to test these monitors and alarms out a few times each year to ensure that they are working properly.

Your fire alarm should have a small test or reset button on it that allows you to press it and ensure that it still works. It should go off when you press down on the test button and you should be able to hear the alarm. If the alarm does not go off, change out the batteries and try the test again. You can generally stop the test by pressing the button again.

Most carbon dioxide monitors operate the same way. Try out the test button your carbon dioxide monitor and an alarm should sound. Once again, if it is does not work, change out the batteries in the alarm and run the test again.

After you run the tests, run a rag over both monitors to remove built-up dust on them.

Make sure that you take the time at least twice a year to clean your surveillance equipment; this is a great way to make sure that everything is working properly and providing you with the protection that you need.