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Can I use a new home security system with existing equipment in Erie?

July 28, 2021

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As you research the different home security services you can use, you may wonder if you'll have to get new equipment or if you can incorporate your home security system with existing equipment in Erie.

Using existing components depends on the circumstance. You can keep your old devices and move them to your Vivint security system, but only if they have Z-wave linking and are on the compatibility list with the new system. Here are three scenarios where you may be able to keep your old component and slip it into the new system.

Your new house has a pre-existing home security system

Many times after you purchase a home, you’ll notice that the previous owners didn’t take a security system. All the alarms and cameras work, are placed in the best spaces, and are ready to go. In this case, all you might have to do is to call and start a new contract. A Vivint installer will still come out to make sure there are no compatibility problems, and they may offer suggestions on upgrades. It's a preliminary trip, and you can get your 24/7 monitoring set up without having a bill for any new alarms and cameras -- unless you make additions.

The previous owners can transfer an existing Vivint contract to you for a nominal transfer fee to make the transfer a snap. If the owners are downsizing to an apartment complex or smaller home, you keeping the security service might be a condition of the sale.

You want to move and bring your home security devices with you

You may need to take your old home security components with you to your new home when you move. Luckily, it's pretty easy to transfer, as most components are wireless. You can remove each component yourself or call a professional expert to take care of your devices. Then a pro will put in the same components -- and any new things you need -- in your new place. Your home security contract will remain the same.

You own a starter alarm or camera and want to add on

Your doorbell camera, smart lock, or small motion detector made you notice the benefits of a security system, and now you need to build on. Don't worry too much if you’ll be throwing away that starter component because it could link in with your new home security system. Security companies like Vivint have created their services by using the latest technology and welcome 3rd party devices.

You could lose the saved data you have in the cloud, as they won’t integrate into another service provider’s app. But your component will still operate like it did when it was an individual alarm or camera. You might even find a couple of new options that you can use now that it's within a bigger security system.

Call Vivint for all your smart home needs

Whether you're getting a home security system with existing equipment in Erie, or you need one customized with all new components, call Vivint. A Vivint professional will discuss your needs and find the best mixture for your house. Call (814) 992-4902 or complete the form below to get started.