So you have finally decided to upgrade you existing alarm system but have no idea where to start.Fortunately, you are not alone. Home alarm systems have changed a great deal in just the past decade so the criteria you used to choose your current system is most likely obsolete. There are however a few features you should keep in mind to guarantee that you get a great system and you effectively secure your family and home.
There is the option to get a cheap, non-monitored alarm system. At best, this system will alert you to intruders and possibly scare them off. Consider however that this type of system won’t deter a determined home invader. A monitored system simply means that if the alarm goes off, your security company is alerted. The company then takes measures to verify that you are safe, failure to which the company sends the police to your residence. A monitored system is definitely a feature you can expect from the best home alarm systems.
A wireless system is exactly what it sounds like. It doesn’t rely on wires installed throughout the house. Instead, this type of system uses small radio transmitters in strategic places and sends a signal to the security company is case of a breach. One of the main advantages of a wireless home alarm is that it cannot be compromised by cutting the system wires or interrupting the home’s power supply. This system guarantees that your alarm stays active even in extreme events including in natural disasters.
An alarm system is only as good as the equipment that accompanies it. Advanced alarm systems come with more and better equipment. You don’t necessarily need all the bells and whistles but there are a few essentials you should have to ensure good protection;
Security Pad: used for arming and disarming the alarm. An interface that lets you know which windows or doors might be open or which areas of the home are not armed is highly recommended.
Passive Infrared Detectors (PIR): these are more commonly referred to as motion detectors. Ensure that the installer is certified by the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association or other recognizable
authority. In addition to this, check that the equipment is American National Standards Institute certified.
Stickers: stickers sound simple but they can be effective in alerting a potential intruder that your home is protected. These are usually enough to scare away opportunistic intruders. Opt for a generic sticker that does not alert the would-be intruder of the type of system you have in case they know how to override it.
These are just some of the essentials you should look for in a home security system. Most of all ensure that your system is installed, monitored and supported by a reputable company. An alarm might be useless if no physical action is taken to protect your life or property in the event of an emergency.