Published on February 6th, 2013 | by Kyle Wolfe0
Residential Security Systems to Protect Your Property
Residential Security System to Protect Your Property
The necessity of purchasing a security system is something that more and more responsible homeowners are realizing every day. However, choosing from the wide range of residential security systems and options available can be a bit overwhelming; the size of the residence and the accessibility of the property, as well as the neighborhood in which the property is located, are all factors that will need to be carefully considered when selecting a residential security system.
What is a residential security system?
The basic components of any residential security system include the main control panel for the system; a siren or alarm of some sort; and a number of monitoring devices. In most cases, the system works by detecting body heat or movement and sending a signal to the alarm, which then goes off either audibly or sends a silent signal to a monitoring center or police department.
Alarm monitoring devices are available in many different forms with different functions. Some commonly used alarm sensors include: magnetic sensors for doors and windows; shock sensors – which are frequently used on windows – that sense when the window glass is broken; and motion detectors that detect not only movement but even the change in heat caused by physical activity. Many residential security systems will also include fire alarms, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide monitors as a standard part of the system.
Types of residential security systems
Residential security systems are generally either wired or wireless. Both system types have their positives and negatives, and choosing the one that best fits the needs of the home and the homeowner is the key.
Wired systems, also called hard wired systems, are generally the more reliable of the two systems. They are not affected by any type of electronic interference and have no limits to their transmission range. Wired systems are frequently already in place in new homes and many pre-owned homes will also have this type of permanent security system already installed.
Installing a wired system can be quite expensive, but the advantages of a dependable system that is simple to use make it worth the investment.
Many homeowners these days are opting to install their security system themselves, allowing them to customize the system to their specific needs and save money at the same time. Wireless security systems have steadily increased in their popularity for this reason.
In most cases, the components of a wireless system will cost more than the components of a wired system, but the self-installation aspect all but eliminates labor costs. Wireless systems are also easy to upgrade and move from one place to another, making it ideal for renters.
Benefits of a residential security system
The peace of mind a homeowner gets from knowing that their property is being monitored is, perhaps, the most important benefit of having a security system. While ensuring that all the alarms and locks necessary for front-line defense are in place, ensuring that help will be quickly on its way when an alarm is activated is an additional component of most top quality residential security systems.
Most companies that provide wired security systems – and some that provide wireless systems – offer 24-hour monitoring of residential properties and employ a highly trained team at the security monitoring center. Companies usually charge a small fee per month to monitor a residential security system and contact the police or fire department if necessary.
Those who choose not to utilize 24-hour monitoring can have the security alarm notifications sent to specified phone numbers, such as the homeowner’s personal cell phone, a work phone number, or even a neighbor or family member.