Getting a Home Alarm System
Summary: Home alarm systems are critical safety measures but it requires proper approach for it to work the way you want it to be
Home alarm systems are a bother. They cost so much, no guarantee they would always work, and quite a hassle to maintain. But when need arises, home alarm systems are critical safety measures. It’s crucial to determine your security needs before you begin scouring the market for home alarm system.
Surveying the Home Alarm System coverage
Assess which area that you wish for the home alarm system to cover. The more the areas to cover the expensive it gets. Also, manually choose the routing of wires. The electrician can do it for you but it is your home. You might want to hide those wires or staple it along edges. Hard-wiring the system is a reliable option but the least reprogrammable or customizable. One option is the wireless technology.
Determine where the control panels should be. If you have a two storey house, you might want to have two control panels, one on your bedroom and one downstairs. Remember, the control panel commands the entire home alarm system. You might want it near where it will most likely turn off (most cases is the bedroom) and one downstairs if you are downstairs. Sometimes, a single control panel will do. A control panel overrides the Home Alarm System, so don’t install it where it can most likely be tampered.
Factors to be considered
A monitored security system is also an option if you want your property to be monitored 24 hours a day. This central monitoring station ‘watches’ your home for an exclusive monthly fee, check out your local supplier if you’re interested. Another less expensive alternative is a home alarm system with a dialer accessory that automatically connects to your phone lines and dials the pre-selected emergency numbers if the house’s security is breached. For fire alarm systems, this is always necessary.
Consider your family’s lifestyle. Do some family members leave and arrive at the middle of the night? Or do you have a pet that could likely trigger the alarm? These factors should influence the set up of your home alarm system. Cats always pose a problem for triggering alarms on windows. Likewise, dogs could set off your motion detectors. If you have the budget, some high tech gadgetry can allow intelligent weight recognition. Otherwise, a clever wiring to hard to reach areas but that can still trigger the alarm system should be done.
A protected front door control panel is an option for late arriving family members. Make sure it is well protected though or it will be easily tampered with. Some systems also have alarms for tampering.
Home alarm systems are a great security addition, but it requires proper approach for it to work the way you want it to be. Always do a bit of research before you choose a specific system.