This weekend most people in the United States entered Daylight Saving Time (DST). Unless you live in Arizona or Hawaii, you’re probably used to adjusting to these changes in time twice a year. When it comes to your home security system, it’s important to remember a couple of things during DST each year.
- Verify that your panel is set for the right time. If you use the MyGuardianHome or MyTotalConnect apps to remotely access your system, then your system will be automatically updated to the correct time for your time zone. If you cannot access your system remotely via one of the above-mentioned apps then, you can find out how to change the time with the appropriate system manual which you can find by logging into your customer account.
- Test your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Whether you have monitored detectors or not, DST is a great time to test the batteries in your devices. If you didn’t test your detectors this past weekend, do it now! When an emergency strikes, you don’t want to have to worry about whether your detectors have battery power and are working as expected. If your smoke detectors are tied into your system, make sure to put the system in test mode before any tests. You can put your system in test mode by logging into your customer account.
- Change Your Smart Home Settings. Now that DST is in full swing, it will start getting dark later in the evening. If you have a lighting schedule set up, it might be time to readjust it to reflect these changes. Log in to your MyGuardianHome or MyTotalConnect accounts to change your schedules to make sure that they work for your life and maximize energy efficiency.You may also have some heating/cooling schedules set up with your smart thermostat that could be reevaluated around DST. Temperatures may be changing as Spring draws near, so DST is a great time to make sure that the temperature schedules in your home are appropriate for the weather.
These quick steps make DST a breeze. Don’t worry, your system will have continued to work as normal even if you didn’t get a chance to do all of these steps right away.