What are the advantages of a wireless home security system?
Wireless security systems have proven to be very effective in protecting property and consumers. Their technology provides stability and they offer long battery life in the event of a power outage as well as flexibility in installation. Certain home features such as cement floors, brick walls and cathedral ceilings pose a problem for installers who need to drill many holes in order to install a wired security system. Wireless systems are the answer, and allow for an installation without having to drill lots of holes. Wireless systems are a great choice for those of you who may consider moving in the future because they can easily be taken down and reinstalled in a new home. Because they do not require drilling, they also help to protect the beauty and value of your home.
I'm considering buying a home security system but do not really understand how they work. What can you tell me about them?
Home security systems have control panels that are normally installed in basements or closets. The control center is the “brain” of the system and operates much like a computer. There are different sensors connected to the control panel and these sensors are installed around your home. When you arm your home security system, the sensors will detect any problems or movements and then send a signal to the control panel alerting the system of the problem. The control panel will dial the central monitoring station where the proper authorities can be notified.
What are the keypads for?
The keypad allows you to enter a security code to arm or disarm the system. Keypads are normally installed at the entry door and allow you to simply input your code and arm the system or disarm it when you arrive home. There are certain features that you can look for in a good keypad system. These include illuminated keys so that you can easily see the keypad at night, easy to read displays that give you an overview of the system and one-touch features that offer single-button operations for certain functions such as arming and disarming the system and certain emergencies.
What do magnetic contacts do?
Magnetic contacts are devices that are used to provide protection around windows and doors. These two-part devices are installed on doors and windows and help to ensure that no one can enter these areas without your permission. One part of each contact is a switch that is installed directly on the door jamb or window and the other part has a magnet that is installed on the door or window. When any shift occurs, which simply means that the door or window is opening, the alarm will sound.
What is a Passive Infrared Motion Detector?
A passive infrared motion detector or PIR is an electronic device that will sense any body heat or motion in areas where they are installed. Many are designed to be used whenever homeowners are away from home or when someone should not be passing through the area.
How do motion sensors work with animals?
We offer pet safe motion sensors for homes with pets. For example, our 100lb pet safe motion sensors will not detect an animal which weighs less than 100lbs. However, an animal or person over this approximate weight will trigger the alarm. This means that small and even some larger pets can be left to roam the house while the alarm and motion detectors are active.
How do glassbreak sensors work?
Glassbreak sensors are normally mounted on the walls or ceilings. They work by sensing the unique sound that glass makes when it breaks. For instance, if an intruder breaks a window, that sound will be picked up by the sensor and a signal will be sent to the security system. There are also sensors that work by feeling the shock of glass breaking. These are mounted directly on the windows and can help to provide shock protection for windows. Intruders can often be sensed, due to the advanced wireless technology used in the design of these sensors, and the alarm will sound before the intruder even enters the home.
Do I need a smoke detector included in my home security system?
Many homes have battery operated smoke detectors, which is important. However, it is also important to have smoke detectors as part of your home security system. There are some key differences between battery operated detectors that you can pick up at hardware and department stores and those that are part of a good home security system. The major difference is that the smoke detectors we install are all monitored, meaning the fire department may know about a fire in your house even before you do. Smoke detectors are integral in protecting your home and family from fire and you can simply never have too much protection.