Protecting your family and personal belongings is probably ranked pretty high on your priority list. One of the best ways to keep you family and belongings safe is by installing a home alarm system. If you have never shopped for a security system before, then you might not know that there are lots of different options for you to choose from. Needless to say, this can make your decision a difficult one, especially if you are not familiar with the features and lingo in the alarm industry.
Learning about what each feature can offer and if your home requires that feature to be secure, then this is the best place to start. Below you will learn more information about home security alarm systems.
The first thing that every household is going to consider is the financial budget. Many families are on a monthly budget and can only spend so much money on a security system. Fortunately, there are home alarm systems that are affordable and suitable for every household.
Another thing to keep in mind is if you currently have homeowners insurance in force, then installing an alarm system will potentially lower your monthly or yearly rates. The more expensive the system, the bigger the discount you will get.
In most cases just the sheer volume of an alarm system will scare off potential thieves or at least minimize the time they are in your home.
Unmonitored Alarm System
One of the least expensive options that you have available to you is the non-monitored alarm system. An un-monitored alarm system will allow you to install sensors on your doors and windows. When the sensors are triggered, a loud siren will go off inside and outside the home.
The alarm system will not be tied into a central monitoring company, which means you do not have to pay monthly monitoring fees, but you also will not have agents monitoring your home. With this type of system you really have to be willing to rely on your neighbors or someone being home at the time of the break in.
Although, as mentioned above, just the sheer volume of the alarm is going to scare potential thieves off or at least minimize the time they are in your home. At the end of the day this type of alarm system is going to protect your home and save you money.
Another good feature that can be included with these systems is flashing lights. When the alarm sounds, you will also have lights flashing, which will help alert your neighbors of the intrusion.
Monitored Alarm Systems
Monitored systems are among the most common types of home security systems. Like all the other systems, it comes with its very own advantages and disadvantages. To start off, when an alarm in your home is trigged, a signal will be sent to a call center, where agents will be standing by to access the situation. The call center will try to contact the home to see if the alarm was just a mistake or a real issue.
The agents at the call center will contact the local authorities, if they sense a real live break in. One major downside to this system is that the signal is sent through your phone line. So, if you are dealing with an experienced thief, they can simply cut the phone line, before entering your home and you will be rendered helpless.
However, you have the option of using a cellular phone to send the signal to the alarm company. Of course, this option is going to be much more expensive. While these systems are always going to be the more expensive option, you can always add additional features like fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Wireless Alarm Systems
Throughout the years as more and more technology has gone wireless, so has alarm systems. It is possible for you to go down to your local hardware store, purchase a wireless security system, and install it yourself. You would actually be surprised at how easy the installation process will be. A huge advantage with this system is you will not be required to pay any monthly monitoring fees.
You can also add additional features like cameras, sensors, or motion detectors. However, there is a limit to the distance in which you can place sensors and cameras away from each other. Not to mention that these systems will run off batteries, so you will have to make sure you are up to the task of keeping an eye on the batteries. Most systems will give you a warning when the batteries need to be replaced.
Now, you know about the different types of alarm systems. After it is all said and done, it will really come down to what you can afford and what you home needs.