Alarm(s) system(s) installation(s) can be complicated to the average home owner. The first step in is to deciding what type of security(s) alarm(s) system(s) is right for you. Below is some a detailed list full of information on the best types and styles and services of alarm systems.
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Types of Systems
A Wired System is one of the oldest and most common Burglar Alarm systems in the USA. They are far more reliable and capable of lasting substantially longer on battery power than a Wireless Alarm. Wired Alarm Systems require an active telephone line to communicate to the service provider. The installation of a wired alarm system usually takes hours from a team of trained professionals. As the team has to run wires from each sensor back to the panel hiding each wire under the carpet, behind baseboards, and/or up in the attic, Etc.
Wireless Alarm Systems are the most modern, and are quickly becoming more popular by the day. Wireless Alarm Systems rely completely on the cellular network for communication. Thus have no additional phone line required, although they typically cost more for monthly service. They plug directly into the houses power and in the case of emergency they are equipped with a battery backup. Battery backups give the owner 24/48 hours of additional protection. Most Wireless Alarms are installed in under 30 minutes because all sensors and additional features are wireless. These systems do not require a trained professional to install and often companies will offer self install options.
There are many types of hybrid systems available on the market. Some systems operate with wireless sensors and communicate through the telephone line. Alternately other systems have hardwired sensors and communicate through cellular connection. All Hybrid Systems require a professional installer to either connect the phone line or hard wire the sensors. These units attempt to provide the best of both worlds to the consumer by blending the strengths of both systems.
Types Of Service
Monitored Alarm System
These systems are sold by companies who provide the monitoring service whose prices vary based on the type of alarm system. (Wireless or Wired) Typically, the service is provided under a contract for 2-3 years and they provide you a discount on the upfront costs. Having a monitored alarm from a (CTS) Central Monitoring Station gives you the ability to have 24/7 protection. In the event you’re unconscious or without cellular service you still have your peace of mind.
Self Monitored Alarm System
Self Monitoring Systems are becoming more popular by the day. People now have the ability to integrate their alarm system to their phone for a fraction of what it costs for a monitored alarm. In the event of an emergency your alarm notifies you via telephone call or text message depending on the system and your settings. These systems run completely off a cellular system and are self installed.
Types of Sensors
Window and Door Sensor
Door and Window Sensors are installed in or on the door frame depending on the system you purchase. The Alarm System is triggered when the contacts are disconnected. When someone opens the window or door the contacts separate. They protect very well on doors and when windows are opened. Although sometimes the burglars break the glass sliding glass door or window and enter without ever separating the contacts.
Glass Break Detection
Glass Break Detection units provide security in the event glass is broken to enter the home. When the glass is shattered the microphone detects the sound and alerts the alarm when specific sound waves are detected. These are extremely valuable in areas with glass doors or bay windows.
Passive Infrared Detectors / Motion Detector
Passive Infrared Detectors also known as PIR Sensors are used to monitor the infrared light radiating from objects. In burglar alarms they use PIR Motion Based Sensors. These units send a signal when the infrared light in the room move, often called Motion Sensors. People and animals emit infrared light which is invisible to the human eye and set off these sensors. These devices allow you to ensure no one is moving around in your home in your absence.
Smoke and Fire
Fire and Smoke Alarms when installed notify the alarm monitoring company or you when its sensor is tripped. The Alarm System also triggers the siren to provide the family an alert to the danger. Smoke and Fire integration into your alarm provides an early warning system.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon Monoxide Sensors are used to protect against carbon monoxide leaks or blockages in chimneys. Carbon Monoxide is virtually undetectable to humans and it is extremely poisonous. This Technology has been developed to prevent Carbon Monoxide build up in your home.
Many of the monitoring services now offer integrated surveillance systems with your alarm. The interior or exterior of your house can be visually monitored by the company 24/7. These systems usually have two cameras to start and some systems can provide additional cameras.
This is like a remote control for your car alarm; these alarms allow you to attach the remote to your key chain. This prevents you from having to enter the code every time you come home.
The Panic Button comes attached to a key fob they are great alternatives for the elderly and young children who spend their days around the house. These Panic Buttons can be used in time of emergency such as injury or burglary. In the past, there have been cases of elderly falling and unable to get back up. In some cases, they were stranded on the ground for days…
Installing an additional keypad on the upstairs or next to the garage could be essential for you and your family. The additional keypad prevents you from having to run across the house to shut off your alarm system.
I hope this information has helped you for security in your life. Please call us if you have any questions or would like to have a security consultation today. (916) 672-2660