It may not officially be fall yet, but it’s still the right time to think about closing up your cabin! We have a previous blog post, “5 Steps to Take Before Closing Up the Cabin for Winter” that can give you an easy checklist. But if you’ve got a security system (which you should!), here’s one thing you don’t want to do.
If you’ve got a landline, you may be tempted to put it in “vacation mode,” which essentially keeps the line but puts the account to sleep and turns off the connection – no dial tone, no bill. No problem, right? But it can be, especially if you have a security system that uses your landline.
If your alarm system doesn’t have a cellular communicator, it has to rely on your landline to dial out in case of an alarm. If you turn off your phone, you’re essentially turning off your security system too.
So what’s the big deal?
- If you’re closing up the cabin for the winter, you don’t want to have to worry about frozen pipes or someone breaking in when you’re not there. With a landline-based system, your system can’t communicate if you turn off the phone line. And even if you turn off the water and blow out the pipes, you could still have issues if your furnace goes out (with freezing pop, paint, and/or other household items).
- Why have a security system if it’s not armed and is of no use?
So what should I do?
If you don’t want to keep your landline on all winter, talk to your sales rep about a cellular communicator for your security system. Instead of a landline, your alarm system will use cellular towers to communicate with the response center in case of an alarm.
If you’re closing up your cabin or other seasonal property, make sure you think about your security system and how it will communicate this winter. And if you don’t yet have a system, don’t leave things to chance! Contact us today for a free, no obligation quote from one of our sales managers.