What to Expect With Your Alarm System When You Replace Your Windows

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 What to Expect With Your Alarm System When You Replace Your Windows

Replacing your home’s windows isn’t just about improving energy efficiency and aesthetics. If you have a security system, especially window alarms, you might wonder, “What happens to my alarm when I change my windows?” This guide explains the process to ensure your home stays secure with the new installations.

Understanding the Connection Between Windows and Alarms: Window alarms are crucial for monitoring any attempts to enter your home. When you replace your windows, these alarms may need to be temporarily removed, repositioned, or updated to fit your new setup.

Key Steps in the Process:

  1. Evaluation and Planning:

    • Before starting, assess your current alarm system’s integration with your windows. You’ll need to know what type of sensors you have:
      • Surface Contact Sensors: Typically found on the window frame and sash, these sensors detect when a window is opened.
      • Glass Break Detectors: These sensors listen for the specific sound of breaking glass, providing protection even if the window is not opened forcibly.
  2. Working with Your Alarm Company:
    • Involve your alarm company early. They can guide you on handling the sensors, whether you should temporarily deactivate them or need them reinstalled after installing new windows.

Detailed Guide During Window Replacement:

  • Deactivation and Sensor Removal:
    • Deactivate your alarm system to prevent false alarms and protect the installation team. Remove the sensors carefully; for wired sensors, ensure the wires are handled without damage.
  • Installing New Windows:
    • With the sensors off, install your new windows. The type of windows and frames you choose can impact the installation process, but the goal remains to improve your home’s security and energy efficiency.
  • Reinstalling or Upgrading Sensors:
    • After the new windows are installed, decide if you need to replace or reposition your sensors. Upgrading to wireless sensors might be beneficial as they are less invasive and offer more installation flexibility. Ensure the sensors are correctly placed for optimal performance with your new windows.

Post-Installation: Testing for Security

  • System Testing:
    • Once your sensors are back in place, test the alarm system to make sure all components are working correctly. This step is vital to maintain your home’s security level.

Tips for a Smooth Transition:

  • Communicate Early:
    • Talk to your alarm company as soon as you plan to replace your windows. This preparation helps avoid any gaps in your home security.
  • Consider Upgrades:
    • If your alarm system is outdated, window replacement might be the right time for an alarm upgrade, adding more modern features to your security setup.
  • Final Checks:
    • After the new windows and alarm system are installed, have your alarm company perform a thorough check to ensure everything functions as expected.

Replacing your windows doesn’t mean compromising your home’s security. With the right planning and coordination with your alarm company, you can enhance both your home’s safety and its energy efficiency. Your windows and alarm system should work together to keep your home secure, providing peace of mind for you and your family.

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