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Can I install a home security system with existing equipment in Pittsburgh?

July 28, 2021

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As you go about customizing your new security system, you may wonder if you should buy brand-new components or if you can keep your home security system with existing equipment in Pittsburgh.

If you already use something like a interior camera or a smart light, you may be in luck. You should be able to take your existing components and switch them to your Vivint smart home, but only if they are built with Z-wave linking and are able to sync with the new system. Here are some common Pittsburgh scenes where you may want to keep your existing equipment and slip it into the new system.

You’re moving into a home with security alarms

A new house may come with an existing security system. All the alarms and cameras function well, are hung in the right spaces, and are ready to go. In this instance, just get the phone to call and start a new contract. A Vivint installer will still come to your home to make sure there are no integration problems, and they could offer ideas on an upgrade or two. It's a quick trip, and you can have your 24/7 monitoring set up without worrying about any new devices -- unless you get some new devices.

The old homeowners can move an existing Vivint contract to your family for a small transfer fee to make the transfer a snap. If the outgoing residents are downsizing to an apartment or smaller home, transferring the home security service might be an addendum of the sale.

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

You might want to take your favorite Vivint system with you to a new place when you move. Luckily, it's fairly simple to do, as modern alarms and smart devices are plug and play. You can uninstall each alarm or camera by yourself or call a professional expert to take down your devices. Then an expert will put in the same features -- and any smart services you need to add -- in your new home. And your home security contract will remain the same.

You use a simple alarm or camera and are looking to build up

Your interior camera, smart thermostat, or small glass break sensor helped you take notice of the value of a security system, and now you need to expand. Don't fret too much if you’ll be throwing away that lone device because it might fit into your new system. Companies like Vivint have built their systems meticulously and can manage 3rd party alarms and cameras.

You may lose the codes and clips you collected, as they might not transfer into a different mobile app. But your component will still operate like it would when it was an individual alarm or camera. You may even find a few new actions available now that the component’s within an all-around smart home.

Contact Vivint for all your home security needs

Whether you're setting up a home security system with existing equipment in Pittsburgh, or you need one customized to your specification, call Vivint. A Vivint agent will discuss your needs and devise the best solution for your house. Phone (412) 318-9359 or send in the form below to start.