Security Backup Batteries Can Help You Weather the Storm
The one-two punch of winter storms that recently swept across large portions of the country raises an all-too-relevant question for home security system users: Does no electricity mean no security?
The answer – hopefully every bit as relevant – is not necessarily.
The frigid weather system that blasted the Southern U.S. and the Eastern Seaboard this week carried a dangerous payload of snow, sleet and freezing rain. Winter precipitation often spells trouble for utility service, since the frozen accumulation tends to weigh down power lines and nearby tree limbs.
According to news reports, the number of electric customers without power due to the storm peaked somewhere around 700,000, scattered across several states. Undoubtedly, some of those customers were also owners of security systems that normally run on the homes’ electric current.
So, when the lights went out, were those homes left not only in the dark but also in peril?
Ladies and gentlemen, meet one of the unsung heroes of home security – the backup battery.
A self-contained security power source
The backup battery has become a very common (if not universal) feature of modern home security systems. If you haven’t seen the backup battery for your system, don’t be surprised by its resemblance to a car battery. Both operate on the same principle, serving as a self-contained power source.
An alarm system backup battery takes over in the event that the system’s regular power source goes offline. (For the purposes of this blog post, let’s say it happens when an ice-coated tree limb finally gives way and takes down the power lines leading to your house.) Typically, a backup battery can keep your security system operating for up to 12 hours.
Making sure it’s there if you need it
The backup shares another similarity with a car battery – namely that it doesn’t last forever.
Your backup battery may need to be replaced at some point, depending on its age and how much time it has spent in relief of the main power supply. Your digital keypad or control panel should display a message along the lines of BAT or SYSTEM LO BATTERY if your backup starts to fade.
If your battery needs replacing, you can contact your security provider and schedule a service appointment. Or, depending on your provider, you may be able to handle the replacement yourself. If you do end up doing the replacement on your own, be sure to follow all safety instructions. When in doubt, contact your security provider.
And if your hometown finds itself in the path of severe weather, you can rest assured that your home security system’s backup battery has your back.